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Defend Affordable Health Care!

The Senate is planning to vote next week on the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The bill would make health care less accessible and more expensive for millions and undermine and restrict access to Medicaid. Millions of Americans will lose health coverage and low-income people, the elderly, children, and people with disabilities will be hit particularly hard.

The so-called Better Care bill would reverse the enormous advancements that the Affordable Care Act has made in accessibility, cost, and quality of care. Any health care proposal must build on the ACA’s progress, not undercut it.

Urge your member of Congress to protect affordable health care and oppose Better Care Reconciliation Act or any legislation that makes it harder for individuals to access the care they need.

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  • Background

    The Affordable Care Act changed the lives of millions of Americans for the better by making health care more accessible and affordable. 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 more Americans have health insurance thanks to the ACA.

    The major progress made by this law is under threat by the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, legislation proposed by the Senate that mirrors the House-passed American Health Care Act. The Senate bill would offer more-expensive healthcare to fewer people than are currently covered. It would harm those with the greatest medical and financial needs by eliminating the mandate for insurance companies to cover the ACA’s Essential Health Benefits, such as maternity and prenatal care, mental health care, and hospital visits.

    The American Health Care Act also fundamentally restructures Medicaid, reversing progress that has been made for people with disabilities and those needing long term services and support. Medicaid is crucial for ensuring that people in the most dire need -- including children, low-income Americans, and people with disabilities -- have access to health insurance. Ending the successful Medicaid expansion created by the Affordable Care Act and creating a per capita cap on the program would be a harmful step backward for millions.

    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.

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    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.