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Jacob Greenblatt

Affordable Care Act written on notebook

Today marks ten years since President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. This landmark piece of legislation has helped millions of people gain access to health insurance and guaranteed coverage for people with preexisting conditions. But we have long known that the ACA was just one step in repairing the United States’ broken health care system. Despite the law, 27.5 million people in the U.S. still live without health insurance and millions more still unable to afford quality care, even when they have coverage.

The U.S. continues to...

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definition of discrimination

In mid-January, the Trump administration expanded its attack on social services and educational institutions under the guise of religious freedom with the proposal of several new draft policies (known as proposed rules) that would allow government-funded social service providers and universities to discriminate against beneficiaries and employees on the basis of religion. These draft policies were published by eight agencies: The Departments of Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice, Labor, and Veterans Affairs, and the United States Agency for...

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took two alarming steps to permit taxpayer-funded discrimination in our health care and social service systems. First, HHS announced a new draft policy (known as a proposed rule) that would allow for discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion in HHS-funded programs and also remove a requirement that HHS grantees recognize same-sex marriages in order to receive federal funding. Second, HHS issued a notice of nonenforcement declaring that it would immediately cease enforcing...

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Public school

This month and over the next few weeks, millions of students across the United States are heading back to school. The new academic year is filled with celebration and opportunities for growth, and it also provides an opportunity to reflect on what Judaism can teach us about the importance of public education.

Jewish tradition explains that education has the power to shape lives. We are commanded to “train a youth in the way he ought to go; he will not swerve from it even in old age” (Proverbs 22:6). Educational equity is particularly important, because a quality education promotes...

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Individuals dressed in rainbow clothing and holding Jewish signs at a Pride rally

Every June, Pride Month offers an opportunity to celebrate LGBTQ equality and recommit to fighting for full inclusion for everyone in the LGBTQ community. Pride Month began in the 1970s to commemorate the Stonewall uprising in June 1969, a major turning point in the LGBTQ rights movement. June 28, 2019, will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall uprising, widely considered to be the catalyst for the modern LGBTQ equality movement, which has given Pride Month 2019 added significance.

Since the passage of a groundbreaking resolution by the Women of Reform Judaism in...

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