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Reform Movement Applauds President's Remarks on the Urgency of Health Insurance Reform

Pelavin: “The current debate on reform is now at the one-year mark and the issues have been thoroughly explored  It is now time to move a bill forward that addresses the growing numbers of uninsured Americans and growing, unsustainable costs.”

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WASHINGTON, DC, March 4, 2010 – In response to President Obama’s remarks yesterday afternoon urging Congressional action in the next few weeks on health insurance reform, Mark Pelavin, Associate Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We welcome President Obama’s call today for swift Congressional action on health insurance reform.  The Reform Movement has long held that our nation must ensure that all Americans have access to preventative and emergency health care, as every other advanced country has done for its citizens. The current debate on reform is now at the one-year mark and the issues have been thoroughly explored.  It is now time to move a bill forward that addresses the growing numbers of uninsured Americans and growing, unsustainable costs. The United States can do better, and the time is now to repair our broken health system.

For 2,000 years, Jewish sages and teachings have made clear that health coverage is a right, not a privilege.  A final reform package, through reconciliation or other means, must expand coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, protect low-income and other vulnerable populations, rest on a financially sustainable foundation and guarantee affordability of care. The House and Senate passed bills, though imperfect, are a sound basis for moving forward.  We will continue to work with Members of Congress in the coming weeks to craft a bill that reflects our priorities.

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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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