National Council of Jewish Women
1707 L Street NW, Suite 950
Washington, DC 20036-4206
Contact: Amanda Lang
Director of Marketing and Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2017, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today welcomed the demise of the attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:
“The attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act has temporarily died in the Senate, saving health care for millions. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is proud to have played a part in mobilizing opposition to the disastrous plans put forward in the House and then the Senate. Make no mistake, this bill died an orphan — a majority of the people in every single state opposed it. And, the latest proposal of simple repeal would create total chaos in our health care system, and should meet the same fate and be rejected immediately. We will remain on alert to any effort to destroy existing guarantees of national health care.
“We call on states that did not expand Medicaid to do so now. It’s not only a budget saver for the states, but it has also increased access to health care for those for whom it was previously unaffordable. It’s a win-win, and frankly a moral imperative to extend life-saving health care to those so far denied it by obstinate governors and state legislators.
“We also call on both political parties in Congress to work toward measures that would improve our existing law. All our major social programs benefitted from changes designed to strengthen their terms and expand their coverage over the decades. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be no different if legislators of good will join together.”
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.