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Defend 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. Despite the outcry of opposition, the 115th Congress is considering repealing the ACA without a comprehensive replacement.  Urge your Member of Congress to preserve the ACA and ensure millions of Americans maintain their access to healthcare.

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  • Background

    The Affordable Care Act changed the lives of millions of Americans for the better by making healthcare accessible and affordable to great extents. For example, before the law’s enactment, individuals with preexisting conditions could be denied healthcare, 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. This effort would disproportionately harm low-income Americans, people with disabilities, the elderly, and those who have the most healthcare needs, all groups that benefitted enormously from the ACA.

    The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that 32 million Americans would lose health insurance if the ACA is repealed without a replacement. The same CBO report showed that such legislation would dramatically increase premiums and have devastating effects on Medicaid recipients.  

    Jewish Values

    For centuries, Jewish law has commanded communities to provide healthcare to their inhabitants (Mishneh Torah, Hilchot De'ot IV: 23). We learn that healthcare is a core element of creating a society of equality and justice. Leaving millions of people without healthcare 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.