October 12, 2017


Washington, DC – Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order to systemically dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
“Segregating the sick and suffering from the wealthy and healthy will not only cause physical, mental and emotional pain, it will bankrupt families facing unexpected tragedies. With his unilateral action today, President Trump alone has obliterated the promise of protection for preexisting conditions and the guarantee of essential health benefits for millions of Americans. More than that, he is capitalizing on his belief that our nation is not strong enough to care for all of our citizens and, once again, he will be proven wrong.
“In the midst of an opioid epidemic and a mental health crisis in our nation, this Executive Order hollows out existing behavioral health parity laws. For those in the grips of addiction, treatment will become inaccessible and unaffordable.  All of my colleagues in Congress who have expressed concern for this epidemic should immediately announce their opposition to this reckless Order.”
Kennedy has been an outspoken opponent of TrumpCare, with a particular focus on its assault on mental health care, substance use disorder treatment and Medicaid. 

For Immediate Release:
October 12, 2017
Emily Kaufman (617) 332-3333
Dan Black (202) 225-5931

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