New York: July 24, 2017.

IRFT today urge the Senate not to repeal the Healthcare act known as ” Affordable Care Act” or also known as “Obama Care” without adequate guarantee of providing healthcare to millions of Americans. It is sad that a repeal of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act ought not be undertaken without the concurrent passage of a replacement plan that ensures access to adequate health care for the millions of people who now rely upon it for their wellbeing”, said Fr Joseph Varghese, Executive Director, IRFT. “To end coverage for those who struggle every day without an adequate alternative in place would be devastating” he said.

Fr Varghese concludes saying that reform is still needed to address the ACA’s moral deficiencies and challenges with long-term sustainability, and while a law is needed that protects the conscience rights of all stakeholders in health care as well as religious freedom, it is imperative to “remove current and impending barriers to access and affordability, particularly for those most in need”.  

IRFT is called upon the Senate leaders to have a humanitarian approach when addressing such a key issue and find middle ground between those who being served and the Service Providers. For many affordable care is life and death issue. We can not ignore the reality of social issues affecting millions of Americans, Fr Varghese said in a letter to the Senate leader Mitch McConnell.