Coalition of 119 Investors and Public Health Groups Urge Support for Expanded Coverage Under Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act - Obamacare

Letter to Trump and Congress cites expanded coverage for millions of Americans in call to improve rather than repeal the landmark health care law.

Amid calls from some lawmakers and the President-elect for an immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a coalition of faith- and values-based investors and public health groups strongly defended the gains made under the law and urged restraint.

In a letter sent on January 12 to President-elect Trump and members of Congress, the group, led by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, praised the expansion of quality and affordable health insurance under the ACA to more than 20 million previously uninsured Americans, and warned that a repeal of the health care law would have a “destabilizing effect on jobs, businesses and our economy, and would further jeopardize the health and financial security of millions of Americans.”

Said Josh Zinner, CEO of ICCR, “The ACA is largely responsible for making health care coverage affordable for over 20 million previously uninsured Americans – by any standard a remarkable accomplishment that should be celebrated. While we know there is still work to be done, particularly in controlling costs, we are asking Congress not to regress but to continue the progress made by working together to make it a better plan."

The letter specifically asks Congress to:

1)      Preserve the Affordable Care Act.

2)      Work collaboratively with all key stakeholders to improve the ACA and better rein in health care costs.

3)      Make the fiscal and political commitment necessary to expand quality health care coverage to all Americans.

Said Roslyn M. Brock of Bon Secours Health Care System, At Bon Secours we believe that health care is a human right that should be affordable and accessible to all, especially the economically poor and vulnerable. We all must work together to reduce health care costs and further extend coverage. We are convinced the Affordable Care Act is a strong foundation on which to build a more humane world."

 

The letter was endorsed by the following organizations:

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

 

Adrian Dominican Sisters

Amalgamated Bank

American Baptist Home Mission Society

Arc Advisers, LLC

Augustinian Province of St. Thomas of Villanova

Benedictine Sisters

Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore

Benedictine Sisters of Florida

Benedictine Sisters of Holy Name

Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica

Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart

Benedictine Women of Madison, Inc.

Benet Hill Monastery

Bon Secours Health System, Inc.

Boston Common Asset Management

BVM Shareholder Education & Advocacy Group

CHRISTUS Healthcare

Clean Yield Asset Management

Congregation of Divine Providence Inc.

Congregation of Holy Cross, Moreau Province

Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes

Congregation of St. Basil

Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word

Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence

Corporate Responsibility Office of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

Daughters of Wisdom

Dignity Health

Diocese of Springfield, IL

Dominican Sisters, Sparkill

Dominican Sisters, Grand Rapids

Dominican Sisters of Hope

Dominican Sisters of Houston

Dominican Sisters of Peace

Dominican Sisters of San Rafael

Dominican Sisters of Springfield, IL

Dooley Center

Earth Equity Advisors

Everence and the Praxis Mutual Funds

Felician Franciscan Sisters

Felician Sisters - Buffalo Region

Franciscan Action Network

Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

FundX Investment Group

Glenmary Home Missioners

Green America

Health Care Without Harm

Holy Name Monastery

Horizons Sustainable Financial Services, Inc.

Incarnate Word Associates

Incarnate Word Convent

Incarnate Word Sisters

IWBS Associate

Jantz Management LLC

Leadership Council of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary - Monroe, MI

Marist Fathers

Maryknoll Sisters

Mennonite Education Agency

Midwest Coalition for Responsible Investment

Miller/Howard Investments, Inc.

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, JPIC Office

MomsRising

Mount St. Scholastica Monastery

Newground Social Investment

NorthStar Asset Management, Inc.

Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment

Peace/Justice Committee, Benedictine Sisters of FL

Progressive Asset Management

Region VI Coalition for Responsible Investment

Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary WAP

S&C North America

SC Ministry Foundation

School Sisters of Notre Dame Cooperative Investment Fund

School Sisters of St. Francis

Sinsinawa Dominican Peace and Justice Office

Sinsinawa Dominican Shareholder Action Committee

Sisters of Bon Secours USA

Sisters of Charity BVM

Sisters of Charity Cincinnati

Sisters of Charity of New York

Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word

Sisters of Charity, Halifax

Sisters of Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament

Sisters of O.L. of Christian Doctrine

Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt, NY

Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, NJ

Sisters of St. Dominic, Racine, WI

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

Sisters of St. Joseph

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston

Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA

Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange

Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield

Sisters of the Good Shepherd

Sisters of the Holy Cross

Sisters of the Humility of Mary

Sisters of the Incarnate Word

Sisters of the Incarnate Word & Blessed Sacrament

Sisters of the Presentation

Sisters of the Presentation of the BVM

Socially Responsible Investment Coalition

Society of Mary (Marianists)

SRI Investing LLC

St. Jude League

Stardust

The Pension Boards - United Church of Christ, Inc.

Trillium Asset Management

Trinity Health

Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment

Unitarian Universalist Association

United Church Funds

United Methodist Women

University Presbyterian Church

Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk, U.S. Province

Ursulines of the Roman Union - Eastern Province

Veris Wealth Partners

Walden Asset Management

Zevin Asset Management, LLC

 

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