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Rabbi Saperstein: "We continue to fulfill our responsibility to lift up the moral voice for health insurance reform by urging you to oppose efforts to rescind this law."
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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 6, 2011 -- Rabbi David Saperstein, Director and Counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, sent a letter yesterday to all members of the House of Representatives, urging them to oppose the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, which is set for a vote on Jan. 12. The full text of the letter follows:
On behalf 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, which includes more than 1,800 Reform rabbis, we write to reiterate our support for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and to strongly urge you to vote against any legislation to repeal this vital law.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has already provided significant benefits to Americans of all ages and, in particular, to many of the most vulnerable members of our population -- including seniors, low-income individuals and children with pre-existing conditions. But the proposed Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act would overturn the entire law and revert the health care system to its status quo, characterized by increasing numbers of uninsured Americans and exponentially rising health care costs.
Jewish tradition is emphatic about the importance of the community providing health care for its most vulnerable residents. When members of a society at large are ill, our responsibility expands to ensure that medical resources are available at an affordable cost. Inspired by our tradition, the Reform Movement was a leading voice in the faith community advocating for passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We continue to fulfill our responsibility to lift up the moral voice for health insurance reform by urging you to oppose efforts to rescind this law.
It would be irresponsible and immoral for Congress to repeal the health care reform law and deprive Americans of the inclusive, affordable, accessible and accountable health care they deserve and from which many are currently benefitting through the provisions that are already being implemented. We urge you to support the health and well-being of your constituents and, therefore, to oppose the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.
Rabbi David Saperstein