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Reform Jewish Leader Opposes “Harmful” Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill

Reform Jewish Leader Opposes “Harmful” Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill

For Immediate Release
September 25, 2017

WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Senate debates the Graham-Cassidy bill, the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, 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 latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, introduced by Senators Cassidy and Graham, is yet another harmful proposal that would limit access to quality, affordable health care. By undoing the Medicaid expansion, transforming Medicaid into a per-capita cap program, and reducing consumer protections, the proposal will result in devastating losses of care for millions of Americans, especially the most vulnerable. During this High Holiday season, we pray for healing of the body and soul, and pray that Congress works to expand, not limit, access to care."

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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 2,000 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.

 

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Published: 09/25/2017

In a last-ditch effort, Senators Graham, Cassidy, Heller, and Johnson have offered a proposal that would repeal substantial portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The legislation would replace the ACA with a block grant system substantially limiting funding for low-income and moderate-income Americans. It would also fundamentally alter Medicaid, disproportionately harming access to care for people with disabilities, children, and the elderly.

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