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Senate Bill Undermines Health Care; Elderly, Poor, Kids and People with Disabilities at Risk

Senate Bill Undermines Health Care; Elderly, Poor, Kids and People with Disabilities at Risk

For Immediate Release
June 22, 2017

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Press Release from the Religious Action Center


WASHINGTON – In response to the Senate health care bill released today, Barbara Weinstein, Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis and wider Reform Movement:

The Senate bill revealed this morning is a major undermining of American health care that will hurt Americans most in need: the elderly, the poor, children and people with disabilities.  Jewish tradition’s emphasis on caring for the sick and lifting up those in need inspires us to call on Senators to reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.

Regardless of religion, income, or political party, every person will experience health challenges; the ability to access care should never depend on wealth.  And yet, even as we await the CBO score for the Better Care Reconciliation Act, it’s clear that millions of currently insured Americans will lose their coverage if the bill is enacted. The Affordable Care Act is imperfect, but targeting Medicaid and its 74 million enrollees will do little to fix the ACA’s challenges. Maternity and mental health care covered by the ACA has also improved the lives of Americans in every state.  This bill would weaken these and other current health policies that help provide the care that everyone, and especially the most vulnerable, deserves.

In the Jewish Mi Sheberach prayer for the ill, we ask for the Holy One to be filled with compassion for the sick and to swiftly provide a complete renewal of body and spirit. As we pray for all those in need of healing, let us also act with compassion and wisdom. We call on Senators reject this deeply harmful legislation and work instead to expand access to affordable health care for all.

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose nearly 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 2,000 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.

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