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Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World released the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced the Senate would not consider the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.
This statement can be attributed to Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World:
“Bread for the World welcomes the news that the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) has been pulled from consideration by the Senate. The BCRA would have caused 22 million people to lose their health care, including 15 million of the most vulnerable Americans who receive their health care coverage through Medicaid.
“People without health insurance must often choose between purchasing food and medicine. The dramatic cuts to Medicaid in the BCRA would have disproportionately affected the elderly, people with disabilities, and children.
“Bread for the World strongly opposes repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without an adequate and responsible replacement. According to the Congressional Budget Office ‘repeal’ and ‘delay’ will cause instability in the marketplace and an estimated loss of health coverage for 32 million Americans, including many who received coverage through the Medicaid expansion.
“We hope that senators will now work together on a bipartisan bill that does not cut Medicaid and ensures all Americans receive the affordable health care coverage they need.”
Afghanistan would be considered likely to have high rates of hunger because at least two of the major causes of global hunger affect it—armed conflict and fragile governmental institutions.
Malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all preventable deaths among children under 5. Every year, the world loses hundreds of thousands of young children and babies to hunger-related causes.
Bread for the World is calling on the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to build a better 1,000-Days infrastructure in the United States.
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.
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Bread for the World and its partners are asking Congress to provide $200 million for global nutrition.
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