Tag Archives: Health Care

Anticipating Enrollment Season, New Statistics on the ACA

In the battle over the efficacy of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, numbers are key for measuring the successes and failures of health care reform. From the number of Americans with insurance to the to the average cost of health care a year, these numbers will be used by both supporters and opponents of recent health care reforms to both praise and criticize the impact of Obamacare.  This month the Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released important statistics that both paint a picture of health care enrollment in the United States and serve as a baseline for judging the impact of the Affordable Care Act in the years to come.  While the increase in insurance coverage is a positive sign, the racial disparities illustrated by these statistics offer an important reason as to why we must fight to expand coverage and accessibility for all.

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Universal Healthcare Through a Jewish Lens

Jewish tradition teaches us that our bodies and the preservation of our health is above all the most cherished value.   God bestowed onto us the opportunity for life and prosperity and we have to obligation to treat our bodies with the utmost care and respect.  We see this value reflected in the current U.S healthcare system.

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An Open Letter from the 2013-2014 Eisendrath Legislative Assistants

Today is our last day as legislative assistants at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. None of us imagined on August 20, 2013 – our very first day – that this year would have gone by so fast. It is has been an incredible honor to serve and represent our vibrant, passionate Movement in Washington, D.C.; one that we will cherish always.

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Denominations Unite To Stop Smoking

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is partnering with the faith community to promote Tips from Former Smokers. Tips is a national tobacco education campaign that encourages Americans to quit smoking, by “showing the toll that smoking-related illnesses take on smokers and their loved ones.” The Tips campaign goals include building public awareness of the health damage caused by smoking, encouraging smokers to quit, and encouraging smokers not to smoke around others, in order to avoid the effects of secondhand smoke. You have probably seem some of their memorable ads, which vividly depict some of the consequences of smoking. Take a look at the campaign’s website, which features powerful personal stories and important information about the consequences of tobacco use. Read more…

Medicare and Jewish Law

Embroiled in the very idea of Medicare is the question of, to what extent is each person responsible to take care of and protect others?  Medicare is a federal program that American taxpayers pay into—the resulting pot of funding is used to pay for the medical coverage of people over the age of sixty five, as well as younger disabled people.  Some people feel that although it is good to help people, it should not be a mandated responsibility to give their hard earned money to others. This question and debate was settled a long time ago for the Jewish people.   Read more…

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Public Health and the Carbon Pollution Rule

By now, you’ve probably heard about the Environmental Protection Agency’s new ruleregulating emissions from coal-fired power plants. Of course, in the long-term this key regulation will have a significant impact on mitigating climate change. But in the shorter-term, it will also affect another critically important issue: human health. Read more…

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EPA Regulations: What They Mean for Our Future

The rule on carbon emissions is out. If you have followed climate news over the last week or so, there is no doubt you have seen reports of the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan. The proposed plan would set emissions limits for existing electric power plants, which account for about 40 percent of our current CO2 emissions in the United States.
But what will the rule actually do? And why should we care?

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Burwell Confirmed as Secretary of HHS

On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Sylvia Matthews Burwell as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) by a bipartisan vote of 78-17. The vote puts Burwell at the helm of a complex federal department with a significant impact on the lives of all Americans. Read more…

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