Faith Groups Denounce Senate Version of Immoral American Health Care Act, Call on Senators to Protect Health Care

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June 22, 2017

 

 

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Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202) 735-7123

 

 

Faith Groups Denounce Senate Version of Immoral American Health Care Act, Call on Senators to Protect Health Care

 

Washington, D.C. -- Sen. Mitch McConnell just introduced a discussion draft of health care legislation parallel to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House of Representatives. Senate leadership anticipates a vote on the bill next week. Faith groups have planned a nationwide series of rallies to press key Republican senators to oppose the bill.

 

Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life:

“This death care bill is just as immoral as the version that passed the House of Representatives in May. It still strips away health care from those Scripture tells us to care for first: the poor, elderly and children. It still increases costs for seniors. It still gives the very wealthiest a massive tax cut. Part of loving our neighbors is ensuring they have access to quality, affordable health care. I pray that senators will listen to their consciences and their constituents, and defeat this immoral bill.”

 

Please see the full list of “Save Our Care” events below:

 

 

Philadelphia

 

Individuals and families who fear losing their coverage or seeing life-saving consumer protections repealed in the AHCA will hold a vigil for 24 hours outside Senator Pat Toomey’s offices in Pittsburgh, Erie, Allentown and Philadelphia, beginning Thursday afternoon and continuing into Friday. Rev. Dr. William Barber II will speak alongside impacted individuals at 3:00 pm EDT Thursday in Philadelphia to set the tone for the 24-hour vigils. He will be joined with clergy of all faiths to confront the real harm the AHCA will cause seniors, children, people with disabilities and people living with pre-existing conditions such as cancer.

 

WHEN: June 22, 3 p.m. EDT

WHERE:

Senator Pat Toomey’s office

200 Chestnut St #600

Philadelphia, PA 19106

WHO: Rev. Dr. William Barber, President and Senior Lecturer, Repairers of the Breach; Architect of the “Moral Mondays” Movement; Pastor, Greenleaf Christian Church. Diverse leaders of the faith community. Individuals with pre-existing conditions, individuals who rely on Medicaid, and parents of children who count on Medicaid to get the care they need.

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Atlanta

On Thursday, June 22nd at 2 p.m. EDT, Georgia clergy will hold a press conference at Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia to call on Sen. Johnny Isakson to vote “no” on Congress’ cruel, destructive and immoral American Health Care Act (AHCA).

 

WHEN: Thursday, June 22 at 2 p.m. ET

 

WHERE:

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia

2050C Chamblee Tucker Road

Atlanta, Georgia 30341

 

 

WHO:

John Berry, CEO, St. Vincent de Paul

Rev. William Flippin Jr., Pastor, Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Hannah Hawkins, Georgia resident whose adopted children are covered by Medicaid

Carole Maddux, CEO, Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center

 

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Portland, Maine

On Friday, June 23rd, at 10 a.m. EDT, interfaith clergy will hold a vigil at Lobsterman Park to call on Sen. Susan Collins to vote “no” on Congress’ cruel, destructive and immoral American Health Care Act (AHCA).

 

WHEN: Friday June 23rd, 10 a.m.

 

WHERE:

Lobsterman Park

193 Middle St

Portland, ME 04101

 

WHO:

Faith and community leaders

 

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Denver

On Friday, June 23rd at 11 a.m. MDT, Colorado clergy leaders, members of Colorado interfaith communities, and members of Indivisible Front Range Resistance will gather and then deliver a Moral Declaration to Senator Gardner, urging him to protect health care coverage.

 

WHEN: Friday, June 23, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. MDT (Note: Faith leaders will deliver the Moral Declaration to Senator Gardner’s office at approximately 11:30)

WHERE:

Skyline Park, Denver, on the 17th Street side of the park by the Chase Building (where the Senator’s office is located).

 

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Cincinnati

On Friday at 11 a.m. EDT, Cincinnati faith leaders will deliver a letter to Sen. Rob Portman and hold a vigil at his office in opposition to cuts to Medicaid in the Senate version of the American Health Care Act. Following an opening welcome prayer, the faith leaders will speak while the letter is delivered. The faith leaders will also highlight stories about their congregants who would suffer as a result of the cuts to Medicaid.

 

The letter -- which has over 340 signatures from faith leaders across Ohio -- recognizes the moral responsibility to ensure that all may live with dignity and the opportunity to recognize their full potential, and that access to affordable, quality health care should not and cannot be a privilege.

WHEN: Friday, June 23 at 11 a.m. EDT

 

WHERE:

Outside of Sen. Portman’s Cincinnati Office

Proctor Building

312 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH

 

WHO:

Rev. Michelle Torigian

Rabbi Sissy Coran

Dr. Abdul Ahmed

Sister Monica McGloin

Rabbi Michael Danziger

 

 

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