Any replacement plan must follow NETWORK’s 10 Commandments of Healthcare; the American Health Care Act fails the test
For Immediate Release: March 7, 2017
Contact: Ashley Wilson, 202-601-7856
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the GOP replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice announced its 10 Commandments of Healthcare. Read the 10 Commandments and letter to the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees.
Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice said:
“NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice has advocated for healthcare for all in our nation because of our commitment to the dignity of all people. We are called to care for those who suffer, and we are challenged to support all of our neighbors so they can realize their full potential. As part of this mandate, we have an obligation to protect populations who have historically been discriminated against because of their race, gender, or socioeconomic status.
Our test for any ACA replacement bill is simple: Does the bill protect access to quality, affordable, equitable healthcare for vulnerable communities? After reviewing the House GOP replacement bill, the answer is a resounding no. Instead of providing greater health security, the bill increases costs for older and sicker patients and drastically cuts the Medicaid program, all while providing huge tax cuts to wealthy corporations and individuals. This is not the faithful way forward and must be rejected.”
NETWORK also joined the Washington Interreligious Staff Community priorities for faithful healthcare reform. You can view their press release with quotes from 14 faith leaders from various traditions online.
NETWORK, advocates for justice inspired by Catholic sisters, educates, organizes, and lobbies for economic and social transformation. They have a more than 40-year track record of lobbying for critical federal programs that support those at the margins and prioritize the common good. www.networklobby.org