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Thank you to Congressmen Lance, Smith, and LoBiondo who have all committed to voting no.
NJEA’s elected officers, President Wendell Steinhauer, Vice President Marie Blistan and Secretary-Treasurer Sean M. Spiller, issued the following statement today condemning the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and urging New Jersey’s congressional delegation to consider the harm repeal would do to New Jersey students and their families.
“We urge New Jersey’s entire congressional delegation, Republicans and Democrats alike, to stand united on behalf of New Jersey families and oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
“Congress is threatening to undo seven years of progress toward reducing the number of uninsured people in New Jersey and in the United States. Under the plan being debated now in Congress, nearly half a million New Jersey residents would lose their health insurance coverage within just a few years. Many of those who keep insurance would see the quality of their coverage decline while their costs would increase dramatically. Supporting that legislation is an unconscionable act that would devastate families across New Jersey.
“We are especially concerned about the effect that cut would have on our students and their families. As educators, we know that health and academic performance are connected. Students who lack access to preventative care and to timely treatment are likely to miss more school. In addition to the physical toll that preventable illnesses take on students, they also rob them of academic opportunities and undermine their ability to live up to their full potential. Taking away our students’ access to healthcare is cruel.
“There’s little question why some in Congress are pushing to repeal ACA. The proposed replacement represents an enormous windfall for the wealthiest people in America. In New Jersey, the top 250 income earners would get federal tax cuts averaging $57,000 per year at the expense of students and their families. Nationally, the proposed law would take almost $1 trillion away from programs that benefit poor and middle-class families to fund nearly $900 billion in tax cuts for the very rich.
“New Jersey’s representatives in Congress need to decide whether they are going to answer to the tiny handful of wealthy people who will get even wealthier if ACA is repealed or the hundreds of thousands of voters who will be hurt by malicious legislation Congress is considering this week.
“We stand on the side of our students and their families, and we oppose the repeal of the ACA.”
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