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House Vote to Repeal Health Reform Deeply Troubling


Pelavin: While we are pleased that the Senate is unlikely to consider this legislation, we nonetheless call on all Members of Congress to focus on legislative priorities that reflect our nation's commitment to life, liberty and happiness - none of which are possible without ensuring the health and well being of every citizen.

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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 20, 2011 -- In response to the House vote yesterday to repeal the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law last year, Mark Pelavin, Associate Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We are deeply disappointed, though not surprised, by the outcome of yesterday's House vote to repeal last year's landmark health reform law. It is simply incomprehensible that a majority of House members would advocate a complete repeal of the law that saves the government money while extending health insurance to 32 million previously uninsured Americans, prevents insurers from kicking individuals off their coverage when they fall ill, closes the Medicare donut hole, and allows young adults to remain on their parents' insurance plan until age 26.

Maimonides' admonition that every community's most important responsibility is to provide health care to its citizens continues to inspire us today. While we are pleased that the Senate is unlikely to consider this legislation, we nonetheless call on all Members of Congress to focus on legislative priorities that reflect our nation's commitment to life, liberty and happiness - none of which are possible without ensuring the health and well being of every citizen.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1,800 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.



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