By Chirlane McCray

February 1, 2017




President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress are poised to gut the

Affordable Care Act. Nearly 30 million people, including 4 million children,

could be deprived of health care coverage by 2019. Many have rallied against

the loss of reproductive health care and other services, and should continue

to do so. But less attention has been given to the millions of Americans who

suffer from mental illness, or struggle with substance misuse or addiction.



Services for mental illness and substance misuse have been severely

underfunded and ignored for decades. The Affordable Care Act was an

important first step forward to make sure there is as much coverage for

mental health as there is for physical health.