The long wait is finally over!
On Thursday, June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act.
Today, we rejoice on behalf of persons who need of health care and for people who have already benefitted from this important law. Simply put, everyone should have health care and the Affordable Care Act moves us ever closer to The United Methodist Church’s historic position that health care is a basic human right. (Social Principles, ¶162V. "Right to Health Care") Click here for the General Board of Church and Society Statement on the Supreme Court Decision.
Now is the time to TAKE ACTION to ensure the successful implementation of this law! Opponents from all sides are already working to fill the airwaves with false claims about key provisions of the law. Even more disturbing, some Members of Congress are continuing their fruitless efforts to repeal and tear down the law, placing political considerations above the common good for all Americans.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Now that the Supreme Court has made its decision, we encourage John 10:10 teams to
1) SPEAK UP!
- Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper applauding the Supreme Court decision. See sample letter.
- Tweet your support using the hashtag: #faith4health
- Tell your story or the stories of others affected by this decision.
- Speak about the importance of successful implementation in every state.
- Write a letter or call your Senators and Representative and let them know that you want them to stop wasting time and allow this law to be fully implemented.
2) PRAY UP!
- Have prayers for the sick and those in need of health care at church on Sunday.
- Plan a bible study or presentation on Health Care Justice at your church. See resources.
3) STAND UP!
- Begin planning a Health Care Justice Sabbath for October/November.
- Build your John 10:10 team and plan how you will continue to stand for health care justice.
We draw inspiration from the words of the prophet, “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?” (Jeremiah 8:22)
Implementation is the next step in the struggle for health care justice. Therefore, our calling to ensure health care as a basic human right continues….