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Reform Movement Speaks Out on Health Insurance Reform

Reform Movement Speaks Out on Health Insurance Reform

Leaders of the Reform Jewish Movement today sent a letter to Congress and the Administration in advance of President Obama's bipartisan summit on health insurance reform.

The letter urged the adoption of a strong, comprehensive health insurance reform bill and comes at a critical time in consideration of reform. It was signed by leaders of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the Commission on Social Action, Women of Reform Judaism, Men of Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the American Conference of Cantors, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the North American Federation of Temple Youth.

The Reform Jewish Movement has long advocated for the vulnerable and the voiceless. We have continually emphasized that health insurance reform must expand coverage to millions of Americans, protect low-income and at-risk populations, promise quality affordable care and rest on a financially sustainable foundation. To that end, we believe a final bill must include provisions which not only expand insurance coverage broadly and guarantee affordability of care, but also protect the rights of people with disabilities, ensure access to reproductive health services and increase coverage for America's children.

The letter was accompanied by a petition found on and signed by more than 900 activists across the country who believe deeply in the importance of addressing the growing numbers of uninsured Americans and spiraling costs that make our current health system unsustainable and immoral. The petition text and a list of signatories can be viewed at

The Reform Movement also joined faith leaders, national, state and regional organizations on a letter urging health insurance reform forward that was published as an advertisement in The Hill newspaper today.

We are communities of faith who have supported comprehensive health care reform for decades. We have also offered vocal support - and occasional constructive criticism - of the health care reform effort over the last year. We write to you at this critical juncture to urge you to complete the task at hand on behalf of the millions who are left out and left behind in our current health care system.

The full letter and signatories in advertisement form can be seen here. Be sure to check out the print edition!

Published: 2/24/2010

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