February 11, 2020
The National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC) President John Rother issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s FY 2021 budget request:
“The President’s proposal, while only a framework for Congress’ consideration, establishes the priorities of the Administration. NCHC is concerned that the priorities of the Administration do not serve public health and do not align with the mission of the Coalition.
Safety net and public health programs are critical to improving population health, addressing cost drivers, and achieving sustainability. The President’s budget relies in part on significant reductions in federal spending on Medicaid, which serves as an important safety net for disabled and low-income Americans. Further, the President’s budget also proposes cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health research. These proposals will undermine the health of all Americans.
NCHC urges Congress to preserve the country’s investments in Medicaid and public health. We should work together to lower health care costs by cutting waste, improving incentives, and improving quality, not by spending cuts that harm the public’s health and the most vulnerable.”
The National Coalition on Health Care is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health care affordability and accelerating positive system change. NCHC represents more than 80 participating organizations, including medical societies, businesses, unions, health care providers, faith-based associations, pension and health funds, insurers, and groups representing consumers, patients, women, minorities and persons with disabilities. Collectively, our organizations represent, as employees, members or congregants, more than 100 million Americans.
John Rother, NCHC President