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5 Ways to Join the Fight for Health Care

5 Ways to Join the Fight for Health Care

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 kick millions off their insurance and end the Medicaid program as it has existed for decades. In this dire moment, consider five steps to stop this reprehensible legislation and preserve affordable access to health care for millions:

  1. Call your Senators. Together with other faith traditions, the Reform Jewish community is participating in a week of action to tell Senators that no legislation should leave fewer insured or having to pay more for care. Call 1-888-738-3058 for a hotline organized by our partners at NETWORK to be connected to your senator, and call a second time to reach your other senator.
  2. Amplify your voice on social media to #protectourcare from dangerous cuts to tax subsidies and Medicaid benefits proposed by the American Health Care Act and other legislation. As a constituent your voice matters, and you can influence your Senator to #voteno.
  3. Write a letter to the editor in your local paper, explaining why you care about health care as a Reform Jew.
  4. Schedule a meeting with your senators’ office in your state. Read this guide or watch this video to learn what you need for a successful meeting-from scheduling to following up. 
  5. Send this blog post to your family, friends, and neighbors and tell them why you care about affordable health care.

As Reform Jews, we recognize that health care should be a right for all. No person should have to choose between caring for their health or putting food on their table and a roof over their head.

Have questions about what you can do in the fight to protect health care for millions? Contact Nathan Bennett at 202-387-2800.

Nathan Bennett is a Legislative Associate at the Religious Action Center. Previously, he served as a 2016-2017 Eisendrath Legislative Assistant. Originally from Wilmette, IL, he is a member of Ner Tamid Ezra Habonim Egalitarian Minyan and graduated from Northwestern University.

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