Monday, January 9, 2017

Join the National Interfaith Call-In Day to #ProtectOurCare!

Call 1-888-897-9753 on January 9!

As we begin the 115th Congress and a new presidential administration, we need to do all we can to protect healthcare as Congress attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Call your Senators now to protect healthcare. Call 1-888-897-9753. Tell them to vote NO on S.Con.Res.3.

The Trump campaign promised that no one who currently has coverage under the ACA would be without coverage under a new plan. The challenge: Just last week, Congress took the first step in their plan to rush through a repeal of the ACA in a budget resolution, which would speed up the process of dismantling the ACA without proposing an alternative.  
Legislators are using the budget process to dismantle the ACA by eliminating tax breaks, subsidies, and more. These changes would further increase our national debt, and it is a sneaky and irresponsible move by Congress to dismantle the economic structures that support the ACA.

This strategy is not acceptable for the millions of Americans who stand to lose coverage. It will spread fear in 20 million people who receive healthcare through the ACA and countless others who have benefitted from the ACA. Congress must ensure they have a viable plan in place to protect the lives of millions of people.

For more than 60 years, Presbyterian General Assemblies have been calling for reform of the U.S. health system, urging the establishment of a national medical plan that will ensure universal health coverage for all persons residing in the United States. In 1988, the Assembly wrote, “Jesus’ command to love our neighbor requires persons with plentiful health resources both to comprehend the condition of those persons without basic health care and to share the means to health.” In other words, it is our collective responsibility as a community, and as a nation, to make sure that all people have access to the means to good health – that is, access to quality, affordable, comprehensive health coverage. 

Call your Senators now to protect healthcare! Call 1-888-897-9753.
(Call twice to be connected to both of your Senators)

When you call, here’s what you might say:
“Hi, my name is [NAME], and I am a constituent from [CITY/TOWN]. As a person of faith, I believe that healthcare is a basic human right, and a core part of my faith’s teaching. Please tell the Senator that they should oppose any repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Changes to healthcare should not happen unless there is a viable replacement to ensure millions of Americans continue to receive affordable, quality healthcare.  This is a matter of life and death. Please vote NO on any legislation that includes repealing the Affordable Care Act without a suitable alternative in place. Vote NO on S.Con.Res.3.”