Healthcare reform law will increase economic justice

AFSC celebrates the United States’ historic new healthcare reform law. After a difficult year-long debate, the Senate passed a healthcare bill on December 24 and the House on March 21. On March 23, President Obama signed the legislation, H.R. 4872, into law.

The law increases economic justice and human security and will save an estimated 35,000 lives a year. The law will increase access to coverage for 32 million uninsured people and reduce healthcare disparities, a cause and result of economic injustice.

In advocating for this legislation, AFSC and other faith groups called for “a society where every person is afforded health, wholeness and human dignity” (see the full statement at 

While the law does not include all of our priorities, it is a major step towards AFSC’s goal of universal health care in the United States.

People will begin seeing some benefits immediately and others within six months. The remaining changes will phase in over four years.
AFSC encourages you to educate yourself and others about what this law means for your family and the nation.

Distortions and fear-mongering, as well as honest differences of opinion, have led to high degree of polarization. By helping people understand what is in the law, AFSC hopes to reduce that.

Our work is not done with the passage of this historic legislation. We must be vigilant in watching that health-insurance industry regulations and affordability provisions are enforced. And we must seek opportunities to build on this foundation.

Health Care Disparities 2010

Health Insurance Reform at a Glance
Adressing Health and Health Care Disparities

EJ AFSC Universal Health Care Statement

AFSC Statement Supporting Universal Health Care in the United States

Health Insurance 2010 Immediate Provisions

Key provisions that take effect immediately under the senate bill as amended by reconciliation bill.

Health Insurance Implementation Timeline

Health Insurance Reform at a Glance
Implementation Timeline

Religious leaders call for political courage, vision, leadership, faith in health care reform

Religious leaders call for political courage, vision, leadership, faith in health care reform

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AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

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