Congress started the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act last week. Some in Congress want to repeal the ACA now and figure out the replacement later. Others won’t push for repeal until there’s a replacement plan in place. Still others want to keep the ACA, but make some needed improvements.
Meanwhile, President Trump signed an executive order granting his administration a large amount of leeway in following the current law. The executive order was intentionally vague and gives federal agencies very wide latitude to change, delay or wave provision of the law.
All of this has created a lot of chaos.
Genesis speaks of God bringing order out of the chaos, and we need you to reach out to Congress and help them bring order out of this chaos by sharing the health care values that we United Methodists hold dear.God desires health and wholeness for each of us and demands that we care for the sick. Jesus showed love by healing the sick and call us to follow his lead. The United Methodist Social Principles say, “Health care is a basic human right!” (¶162.V)
And so, we envision a society where each person is afforded health, wholeness and human dignity, and we are called to share our values, which need to be included in any health care legislation.
Take Action Now:
Call Congress now and demand a health care plan that includes access for all, high-quality care, and effective stewardship of resources. We’ve created this one page guide to help prepare you for the call.
Call the U.S. Capitol switch board at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak with your representative.
When you call, here’s what you might say:
“Hi, my name is [NAME], and I am a constituent from [CITY/TOWN]. As a United Methodist, I believe that health care is a basic human right, and a core part of my faith’s teaching. Please tell the [CONGRESSMAN/CONGRESSWOMAN/SEN
God’s vision for abundance creates conditions that allow all people to thrive and live out the fullness of their days. Providing the care needed to maintain health, prevent disease, and restore health after injury or illness is a responsibility each person owes others and you, as our government owes to all. We call for health care based on a system that values human beings first and does not treat health as a commodity. This is a matter of life and death. Please vote NO on any legislation that does not include access for all people to have quality, affordable health care.”
Make sure to call back twice and ask to be connected to each of your senators, too!
Thank you your commitment to the movement for health care justice. Stay encouraged and inspired!