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Arlington, VA –Americans for Prosperity urges swift and targeted action to address the legitimate public safety and economic challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers, both in Congress and in state capitols across the country, should act to ensure that high-risk populations have access to proper testing and treatment, that accurate information is shared with the public so that people can make good health decisions, and that regulatory barriers that reduce access to affordable, quality care are cleared.
CEO of Americans for Prosperity Emily Seidel issued the following statement:
“Our organization has the privilege of working every day with the friends, neighbors, and families in communities across the country who embody the strength and resilience of America – personal connection is at the heart of what we do. In hard times, communities come together to help each other in incredible ways that transcend our differences and inspire us to do more.
“The spread of coronavirus is a concern that public officials are right to take seriously. As lawmakers move ahead with legislation to provide relief to those who are impacted, we urge them to advance solutions that are timely, targeted, and temporary. They should prioritize policies that expand access and supply of testing and care, leverage advances in technology and innovation, and ensure the safety net is there for those who need it.
“We should focus on removing existing government barriers, increasing flexibility in current systems, and expediting the development and approval of potential treatments. Telemedicine is already transforming the screening and treatment process. Technology is allowing students to continue learning outside the classroom. These are the kinds of innovative approaches that will address the current challenge and leave us stronger in the long term.
“But lawmakers and citizens alike should be cautious. If history has taught us anything it’s that crises are often exploited by special interests for their own gain or to advance partisan political agendas. This should not and cannot be tolerated now. Our energy and resources should be focused on getting help to those who need it the most. The policies put in place today should be grounded in effectiveness, not politics. They should help address our current challenges, but not leave us weaker when the crisis has passed.”
As a part of an effective policy response, Americans for Prosperity calls on:
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