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CNDP February 2017 Newsletter #1
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Little-Known ACA Achievement Threatened
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In this issue, we highlight The Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare. In addition to eliminating access to health care for millions of individuals, repeal of this legislation will roll back progress in making substance abuse and mental health treatment available at a time when such services have never been more critically needed. Clergy have a special obligation to oppose repeal of the ACA without an adequate replacement.  We provide here a Call to Action to this end.

We also share a letter from Illinois Senators Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth urging Governor Bruce Rauner to speak out in support of the ACA. The concerns they raise are relevant to states all across the country.


Rev. Alexander E. Sharp, 
Executive Director, Clergy for a New Drug Policy
Clergy Voices for Obamacare
Among the relentless flow of President Trump’s executive orders over the past two weeks, the one instructing Congress to move toward repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, received comparatively little attention. Perhaps this is because, unlike banning immigrants from entering the country, it was far less obvious that revising health care eligibility for millions could happen with the stroke of a pen.

But the debate in Congress will heat up soon enough, presumably with the confirmation of a Secretary of Human Services. When it does, we should all, especially clergy, enter the fray — and not just for the obvious reasons.
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On January 31, Illinois Senators Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth urged Governor Bruce Rauner to speak out in support of The Affordable Care Act. Their letter is reprinted here.

Take Action
Clergy Against Affordable Care Act Repeal 
Repealing Obamacare would eliminate healthcare for over 20 million Americans, including over one million children. Furthermore, nearly 2.8 million would loose eligibility for substance abuse treatment. Contact your state congressperson and oppose the ACA repeal.

Sign CNDP's Religious Declaration 
Join an interfaith cooperative against the War on Drugs.
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