Press Room | Facebook | Twitter | DONATE

Oppose Repeal of the ACA

In a last-ditch effort, Senators Graham, Cassidy, Heller, and Johnson have offered a proposal that would repeal substantial portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The legislation would replace the ACA with a block grant system that would substantially limit funding for medical treatment for low-income and moderate-income Americans. It would also fundamentally alter Medicaid, disproportionately harming access to care for people with disabilities, children, and the elderly.

Urge your member of Congress to oppose this proposal.

Add me to the following list(s):
  • Now - Want to know when a piece of legislation needs your urgent support or the Reform Movement is marching near you? Stay in-the-know with important updates from the RAC.
  • Weekly Legislative Update - One opportunity to pursue justice each week Congress is in session delivered straight to your inbox
  • Weekly - The best way to stay up-to-date on the social justice work of the Reform Movement.
  • 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 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 health care needs, all groups that benefitted enormously from the ACA.

    The new proposal would eliminate the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and premium tax credits, which are essential for over 20 million Americans’ health care. It would devastate the individual marketplace and substantial undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Furthermore, it would force states to make draconian cuts to their Medicaid programs, which provide health care to over 70 million Americans, particularly low-income people, the elderly, people with disabilities, and children.

    Earlier this month, the Census Bureau released new data that showed further progress in the fight for health care for every American. Just 8.8% of Americans lack health insurance, a new record. The proposal to repeal the ACA would undo the progress from which millions have benefitted.

    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 Senior Legislative Assistant Nathan Bennett at (202) 387-2800.