Why the American College of Nurse-Midwives is pushing back against the Trump administration
The American College Of Nurse-midwives (ACPNA) is the oldest and largest American union representing midwives, a key pillar of the healthcare system.
But the union’s stance on Trump and his administration has been on the wane for some time.
In a series of tweets, the union published a statement that, while it supports the president’s agenda, does not want to see a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).”ACNA strongly opposes repeal of ACA,” the statement read.
“ACNA has been working for decades to build a new system of health care that provides access to quality, affordable, high-quality care for all Americans, and the ACA is a critical component of that effort.”
The statement also said the union supports a “balanced approach” to reforming healthcare, including “patient-centered” care, which is defined by ACNA as “preventing unnecessary or harmful treatments or procedures.”
The union says it has received support from both House and Senate members.
“We continue to believe that the ACA represents a major step forward in healthcare, and we will continue to work toward a fair solution to the ACA,” it added.
But ACNA also called out a number of Trump administration policies, including the withdrawal of federal funding for Planned Parenthood and the rollback of the Obama administration’s Medicaid expansion.
ACNA President and CEO Nancy Kaptur said in the statement that “ACNP will continue its strong opposition to all of these actions.””ACNP is a union of caring people who have a deep commitment to advancing the health of all Americans,” Kaptun added.
“As we have said before, ACNA is an American institution and we cannot be silent on the challenges facing the country.”ACNA is also not alone in calling out Trump.
The union called out the Republican health care bill last month, which was crafted in secret by the Trump transition team.
“TrumpCare is an unconstitutional, harmful, and unworkable bill that is already harming millions of Americans,” ACNA wrote.
“The president’s health care proposal is not a replacement for ACA and is not an effective solution for the nation’s health challenges.”
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