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Urge Congress to Defend Access to Affordable Health Care!

In the six years since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), over 20 million Americans have gained health care coverage. Few laws in the last 50 years have positively affected as many people on a daily basis. The American Health Care Act has been introduced to replace the Affordable Care Act, and would dismantle the enormous advances made by the ACA. The AHCA would deprive millions of coverage, and increase insurance costs for millions more. Urge your Member of Congress to oppose the AHCA and preserve the progress the ACA has made for millions of Americans. 

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  • Background

    The Affordable Care Act changed the lives of millions of Americans for the better by making health care accessible and affordable to great extents. For example, before the law’s enactment, individuals with preexisting conditions could be denied health care, and women could be charged more solely because of their gender. Today, over 20 million Americans have health insurance thanks to the ACA.

    The major progress made by this law is under threat with a new proposal to undo the ACA in favor of system that offers more-expensive health care to fewer people than are currently covered. The repeal legislation proposed by members of Congress, the American Health Care Act, would particularly harm low-income, elderly, and those who have the most health care needs, all groups that benefitted enormously from the ACA.

    The AHCA would fundamentally restructure Medicaid, a dangerous measure that could revert progress that has been made for people with disabilities and those needing long term services and supports. Furthermore, the AHCA would block Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood. This unnecessary targeting of this health care provider would spell dramatic consequences for women seeking essential health services they cannot receive elsewhere. Planned Parenthood provides affordable, quality preventive health care and treatment to 2.7 million people, and Medicaid accounts for 30 percent of Planned Parenthood’s funding.

    Jewish Values

    For centuries, Jewish law has commanded communities to provide health care to their inhabitants (Mishneh Torah, Hilchot De'ot IV: 23). We learn that health care is a core element of creating a society of equality and justice. Leaving millions of people without health care would undermine years of progress and an important measure that lifts up the most vulnerable among us.

    More Information

    For more on this issue, visit the RAC’s healthcare page, or check out the RACBlog. You can also contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Nathan Bennett at (202) 387-2800.