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The Senate’s rejection of the proposal to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will substantially alter the future of the Congressional agenda. Much remains uncertain, but Congress has already started discussions around the fiscal year 2018 budget and appropriations processes.

Last May, Congress passed a continuing resolution, a stopgap funding measure, that funds the government through the end of September. This gives Congress two months to decide on spending levels for fiscal year 2018, which begins October 1, 2017. Congress can either pass twelve bills written...

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Protest sign reading PROTECT OUR HEALTH

The next two weeks could determine the future of the American health care system for decades. Some members of the Senate are aiming to vote on a health care bill similar to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the House-passed repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), by next Friday, June 30.

The details of the bill have been kept secret, but press reports suggest that the Senate bill will be at least as bad as — if not worse than — the AHCA. This is despite just eight percent of Americans wanting the Senate to pass the AHCA as written in the House.

The bill threatens to...

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Health Care is a human right

The next two weeks could determine the future of the American health care system for decades. Some members of the Senate are aiming to vote on a health care bill similar to the American Health Care Act, the House-passed repeal of the Affordable Care Act, by next Friday, June 30. The details of the bill have been kept secret, but press reports suggest that the Senate bill will be at least as bad—if not worse—than the AHCA. This is despite just eight percent of Americans wanting the Senate to pass the AHCA as written in the House. The bill threatens to kick millions off their insurance and...

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Free lunch preparation in schools

Yesterday, the Trump administration released its budget proposal for FY 2018. Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner issued a statement on behalf of the Reform Movement, condemning the drastic cuts in the budget, and urging Congress to protect programs so crucial for millions of Americans. The budget slashes funding for many agencies and institutions that serve the public in a variety of ways. Here are a few news articles, analyses, and studies that help explain the consequences of the administration’s budget:  

Cuts to Social Safety Net Programs:

Learn how the budget would affect Medicaid, a... Read More

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), by a narrow 217-213 vote. The vote is a distressing turn of events for those committed to expanding access to quality, affordable health care. The AHCA was withdrawn at the end of March largely because the bill limits access to quality health care because of the widespread public opposition to the proposed law.

The new version of the AHCA that the House passed remains  a disastrous regress on all the advancements the Affordable Care Act has made. In fact, new amendments to the AHCA made the bill...

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