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Call Your Senator: Defend the ACA

The Senate is currently debating the future of the American health care system. Senators will vote in the coming hour and days on various proposals to repeal or substantially undermine the Affordable Care Act. These plans are grave threats to the millions of Americans who have benefitted from the Affordable Care Act.

Call your Senators and urge them to preserve the ACA and ensure millions of Americans maintain their access to health care. Fill out the form to access the talking points and call details to reach your Senators!

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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 several proposals to undo the ACA. A proposed repeal of the ACA’s individual and employer mandates would wreak havoc to the private insurance marketplace. This would disproportionately harm low-income Americans and those with the greatest health care needs. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that 15 million Americans could lose coverage if this proposal is approved.

    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 health care page, or check out the RACBlog. You can also contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Nathan Bennett at (202) 387-2800.