Feldman: In solidarity with Cover the Uninsured Week, a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, members of URJ congregations across the country will be raising the level of dialogue about health care and getting involved with advocacy and action projects to reduce the number of uninsured.
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Washington D.C. April 28, 2008 - In recognition of Cover the Uninsured Week, Rabbi Marla Feldman, Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
During Passover, we recounted the story of the battle for survival that the Jews waged in ancient Egypt. This week, advocates and activists across the country are engaging in a different battle for survival -- obtaining health coverage for America's 47 million uninsured.
In solidarity with Cover the Uninsured Week, a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, members of URJ congregations across the country will be raising the level of dialogue about health care and getting involved with advocacy and action projects to reduce the number of uninsured. Along with the launch of Rabbi Eric Yoffie's "Health Care for All" initiative and the Movement's prioritization of health care reform, our participation in Cover the Uninsured Week displays our continued commitment to ensuring that all Americans have access to the high quality of health care that they deserve.
In the words of Rabbi Yoffie, "My friends, the health insurance situation in this country is a disaster. If we continue to tolerate it, we will lose our humanity, and no matter our other accomplishments, we will have failed as a people and a nation. So let us work to change it, piece by piece and child by child -- until no cry for help goes unheard. Only in this way can we honor the image of God in every human being." Cover the Uninsured Week provides a valuable opportunity to address the challenge of millions of uninsured Americans and to work with others across the country to make health care for all a reality.