Affordable Care: A Matter of Equity and Compassion
Congress is moving fast to strip health coverage from 24 million people currently covered under the Affordable Care Act. The proposed replacement would make health care far less affordable than even before the ACA. They’re working to pass the bill into law before April 7, and every member of Congress is deciding how they’ll vote right now.
- Click here to send an email to your Congressional representatives opposing the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.
The proposed replacement makes these changes:
- Eliminates the Medicaid expansion, putting 11 million people’s health care in jeopardy.
- Dramatically cuts Medicaid by capping federal funding, cutting the program over time, and shifting billions of dollars in health costs onto the states.
- Ends the individual mandate, causing an estimated 20-25 percent rise in premiums in the next year.
- Eliminates subsidies that help low-income families get insurance, and instead implements small tax benefits ($2000-$4000 per year – far lower than many subsidies) based on age instead of need.
- Gives a tax break for Health Savings Accounts for those who can afford to save extra, but fails to make premiums affordable in the first place.
Click here to see where your member of Congress currently stands on this issue.
How-to for writing letters to the Editor or to congress people:
- write and send your own: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51510/c/321/letter/?letter_KEY=1613
on efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51510/c/321/letter/?letter_KEY=1606
on the immigrant and refugee ban: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51510/c/321/letter/?letter_KEY=1607
on the state budget crisis: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51510/c/321/letter/?letter_KEY=1608
Connecting for the Long Haul: The Interdependent Web and the Democratic Process
This week, try reaching out and connecting in one of the following ways:
Have a conversation with someone in your congregation about ways you can support each other in doing this work over the long haul.
Set up a meeting with someone from a local advocacy organization that your congregation is connected to.
Connect with one of the dozens of “Indivisible” groups or Women’s March “huddles” that have sprung up around Illinois.
Find out when your Congressional Rep is having a town hall and go with a group from your congregation.
See this article from The Nation for other ways to get involved, including strategies for “red,” “blue” and “swing” districts. To be clear, this is not just about partisan politics, but about advocating for our values in the face of an administration which is expressing values and pursuing policies contrary to every one of our UU Principles.
Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees: A Matter of Compassion, Worth, and the Democratic Process
The recent executive order – suspending and reducing refugee settlement and effectively banning Muslims but not Christians from seven countries from entering the US – runs counter to our UU values of respect for the equal worth of each person, as well as compassion for those fleeing the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII. It is also a violation of the democratic process, specifically Constitutional and legal prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of religion or national origin.
- Urge your member of Congress to support legislation to rescind the January 27 executive order, or thank them for doing so. Click here to send an email, or call (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your Congressional representative.
The Indivisible Guide is also promoting a strategy of using Senate procedural tools to slow down or stop all other Senate action until the ban is rescinded. This can be seen as an exercise of the right of conscience in the face of an immoral action.
- Call (202) 224-3121 or click here to urge our Senators to withhold consent from any actions (including Cabinet nominations) and filibustering every bill until the executive order is rescinded.
A Responsible State Budget: A Matter of Equity and Compassion
Illinois’ budget crisis continues, affecting those most vulnerable among us most severely. Movement toward a budget has begun, but our elected officials need to hear from their constituents to make the difficult choices required to resolve this crisis. Now is a critical time for our elected leaders to hear from their constituents that Illinois needs a full year, fully funded budget supported by adequate revenue.
- Please call (see below) or click here to urge your elected state officials to pass a responsible, full year, fully funded budget NOW.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS & ACTION
April 3-5: UUs for a Just Economic Community “Reversing Inequality” Conference with Chuck Collins and Sister Simone Campbell in Washington, DC.
Thursday, April 6: Faith in Place Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in Springfield.
Saturday, April 15, 9am-noon: UUANI Re-Visioning Our Work for Justice workshop, building on congregational success stories to get clear about our goals, and exploring different forms of justice building and strategies for impact, at the Unitarian Church of Evanston (1330 Ridge Ave).
Saturday, April 22, 10am-4pm: UU Prison Ministry of IL Radical Hospitality workshop on welcoming returning citizens at church and partnering with them to transition into life outside of prison, at the Unitarian Church of Evanston (1330 Ridge Ave).
Saturday, April 22, 4pm: Earth Day March for Science and Climate at Joe Marino Park (100 N. Water St) in Rockford.
Sunday, April 23, 11:30am: Journeys to Justice workshop on ways to get involved in UUANI and at UU Bloomington-Normal (1613 E. Emerson).
Friday, April 28, 1-5pm: UUANI Organizing for Justice workshop, featuring UU College for Social Justice director Kathleen McTigue on framing our work in the language of our values, and UUANI director Scott Aaseng leading a strategy session for the year ahead; at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale before the start of MidAmerica Regional Assembly in Oak Brook. See flyer.