House Repeals Health Reform

Mark Pelavin, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism:

Healthcare supporters are sending this form to Republican Congressmen (all of whom voted to repeal Health Reform) with the message: “Dear Represenative, After your vote to repeal affordable healthcare for 32 million Americans, you should practice what you preach, and cancel your own heavily subsidized federal healthcare, too. For your convenience, the form to do this is below. Thank you.”

We are deeply disappointed, though not surprised, by the outcome of yesterday’s House vote to repeal last year’s landmark health reform law.  It is simply incomprehensible that a majority of House members would advocate a complete repeal of the law that saves the government money while extending health insurance to 32 million  previously uninsured Americans, prevents insurers from kicking individuals off their coverage when they fall ill, closes the Medicare donut hole, and allows young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance plan until age 26.

Maimonides’ admonition that every community’s most important responsibility is to provide health care to its citizens continues to inspire us today.  While we are pleased that the Senate is unlikely to consider this legislation, we nonetheless call on all Members of Congress to focus on legislative priorities that reflect our nation’s commitment to life, liberty and happiness – none of which are possible without ensuring the health and well being of every citizen.

David Harris, President of the National Jewish Democratic Council:

The Affordable Care Act made dramatic improvements to our health insurance system — from expanding access to coverage, to lowering costs and preventing discrimination based on pre-existing conditions — which will benefit millions of Americans across the country. Today, the Republican-led House of Representatives took a politically-fueled step in the wrong direction by voting to repeal the legislation for which we all fought so hard. But we can’t stop the forward march of progress now.

NJDC believes that every American deserves the right to have access to quality, affordable health care. The Republicans’ repeal efforts would greatly limit that access. As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pointed out, ‘Almost half of all Americans under 65 have pre-existing conditions insurance companies could use as excuses to deny coverage under Republican’ plan to repeal health care reform.’ This is an unacceptable outcome and one of the many reasons why such a large majority of American Jews refuse to stand with the Republican Party.

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