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Defend Affordable Health Care!

The Senate is currently debating the future of the American health care system. Senators will vote in the coming hours 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.

Urge your Member of Congress to preserve the ACA and ensure millions of Americans maintain their access to health care.


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The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that 32 million Americans would lose health insurance if the ACA is repealed without a replacement.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.