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Brian of Chattanooga, TN

Brian of Chattanooga, TN writes:

As a minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) I am deeply concerned about the rhetoric that surrounds the Affordable Care Act by incoming politicians. In Tennessee alone we have seen how a small number of legislators can undemocratically deny funds to some of our most vulnerable citizens and negatively impacting our rural health facilities. Now the good work that the Affordable Care Act has already done and the more that it could do will be eviscerated by those whose hearts are hardened to the cries of the sick, elderly, children and those less fortunate.

As a pastor I get to work with those who fall through the cracks of our society. I have met the people who are literally still alive today because of the Affordable Care Act. Yet, that is what we face again, people’s very life being threatened by a lack of access to healthcare.  

As a pastor, I get to work with those who fall through the cracks of our society. I meet people who are literally still alive today because of the Affordable Care Act. I would hate to think about their demise because this act might be changed. Yet, that is what we face again, people’s very life being threatened by a lack of access to healthcare.  

-1,413,00 have been given access to some sort of free preventative health care.

-2,765,000 have not had to worry about losing insurance because of a preexisting condition.

If the Affordable Care Act is overturned then all of this progress will be threatened with uncertainty, chaos and fear. We have traveled too far to replace what has been started. EVERYONE is benefiting from the ACA. Insurance companies can’t deny coverage or hike prices if someone gets sick like before. Insurance companies can’t put caps on benefits like before.

Healing and saving are what we are called to do in the church. Those of us with religious faith must not remain silent while the healing and salvation of our neighbors is threatened. It is an act of faith to call on our elected officials to open their ears. We have faith that if we care enough about others we won’t let the Affordable Care Act be repealed.

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