Tell your senators: Vote NO on health care repeal
Jesus tells us that how we treat the most
vulnerable, the poor, and the sick, is how we treat him — how we treat Christ
himself. This is a week of crucial votes on health care
bills and we must remind senators who call themselves Christians that their
question must be: How will this bill treat Christ himself, who says "I was
sick," and "As you have done to the least of these you have done to
In our recent Circle of Protection statement we said, "The biblical
prophets remind us that how we treat the most marginal and vulnerable among us
is the test of a nation's moral righteousness — telling kings and rulers that
the measures of their governance is the well-being of those most in need.
But deep cuts in Medicaid would put at risk the well-being of millions of
our fellow Americans — especially the weakest, the oldest, and children most at
Republicans and Democrats should work together in a bipartisan fashion through
regular order by holding hearings, consulting with stakeholders and experts,
and listening to the American people to fix the problems with the ACA's
individual marketplaces without making cuts to Medicaid or depriving tens of
millions of Americans of health insurance.
If the Senate is unable to pass comprehensive health care legislation, the
Senate's leadership may introduce a "skinny" repeal bill designed to
delegate the preparation of final legislation to a Republican controlled
conference committee. This would almost certainly lead to legislation
that would make deep cuts to Medicaid and harm vulnerable people in other ways.
So we are asking Christians across the country to tell their senators to:
The votes this week are critical for tens of millions of Americans and
especially for "the least of these." We must speak and act now to put
our faith into action for a health care bill that does no harm — that includes
and does not exclude people from health coverage. The moment is urgent and the
mission is protect health and healing.
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