FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2017
Contact: Amy Lebowitz, Camino PR
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NEW YORK —Today the U.S. Senate announced the confirmation of Rep. Tom Price as U.S. secretary of Health and Human Service (HHS). The confirmation of Rep. Price comes on the heels of a series of confirmations that reveal a consistent disregard for the opinion and welfare of the American public. National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) Interim Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow issued the following statement in response:
“Once again, the U.S. Senate has dealt a blow to the American people and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. The confirmation of Rep. Tom Price as secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) will surely have a devastating impact on the health of our communities. Rep. Price has been adamant in his desire to dismantle necessary health programs — including Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as undermine reproductive health services and roll back the rights of marginalized people. Rep. Price is a direct threat to the two million Asian American and Pacific Islanders who are currently eligible for health insurance through the ACA and the thousands of AAPI people who rely on Medicare and Medicaid services.
“Those most vulnerable within the AAPI community — including immigrants, low-income cisgender and transgender women, and the LGBTQ community at large — will suffer the most from the setbacks proposed by Rep. Price. These communities not only rely on health care programs through HHS, but also the non-discrimination protections outlined in the ACA. We are also deeply concerned about the hostility Rep. Price has demonstrated regarding reproductive access and abortion care, including voting to defund Planned Parenthood. The reverberations of this decision will certainly be felt in communities and clinics across the country, as AAPI individuals and families brace themselves for even more barriers to accessing vital health and reproductive services under this new administration.
“We are tired of the U.S. Senate gambling with the health and lives of the AAPI community. We deserve a leader of HHS who will advocate for and advance the health of all AAPI people. We are disappointed in the appointment of yet another cabinet member who seeks to advance his own agenda rather than the needs of the American people.”
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing, and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for AAPI women and girls.