WASHINGTON — In response to President Trump’s executive order on health care and his announcement regarding cost sharing reductions, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center 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 executive order issued by President Trump and his decision to end cost sharing reduction payments is likely to devastate access to quality, affordable health care for millions. Yesterday’s actions are part of a broader effort by the Administration and Congress, the effect of which will be to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and destabilize the health care market on which millions of Americans rely. Dramatic cuts to the promotion of open enrollment and Congress’s repeated efforts to repeal the ACA have already increased costs and left millions of people in fear.
“Experts agree – creating a separate risk pool that will draw healthier enrollees away from the ACA’s marketplaces will cause premiums to skyrocket, insurers to exit, and leave those who choose association plans or short-term insurance without critical consumer protections. Ending cost sharing reductions will only further devastate the individual market.
“Jewish tradition teaches that providing health care is not just a responsibility for doctors, but for communities as well. The President’s decisions, which will cause people to pay more and receive less, is a direct abdication of that responsibility. We call on President Trump and Congress to reverse this decision and, instead, work to strengthen the ACA and expand access to health care for all.”
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 2,000 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.