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Defend Affordable Health Care!

The Senate is now considering the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation adopted by the House of Representatives on May 4 that would undo the enormous progress made in the last six years by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Over twenty million American stand to lose coverage if the AHCA passes, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. The AHCA fundamentally restructures Medicaid, putting low-income Americans and people with disabilities in particularly perilous circumstances. The AHCA eliminates the ACA’s coverage requirements for essential services like maternity and mental health care and removes protections for people with preexisting conditions. Urge your Senators to 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 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. Over Today, over 20 million Americans have health insurance thanks to the ACA.

    The major progress made by this law is under threat by the AHCA, a proposal to undo the ACA in favor of system that offers more-expensive healthcare to fewer people than are currently covered. The AHCA would harm those with the greatest medical and financial needs. It eliminates the mandate for insurance companies to cover the ACA’s Essential Health Benefits, such as maternity and prenatal care, mental health care, and hospital, that ensure patients receive the care they need.

    The American Health Care Act fundamentally restructures 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 healthcare 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.