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LETTERS IN RESPONSE TO THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT
LETTER IN RESPONSE TO THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT - To Those We Serve


To Our Sisters, Brothers, and Friends We Serve,

Over the last few days, we have watched the news and read the legislation of the American Health Care Act. Our hearts break along-side of yours. As people of faith, Micah 6:8 tells us, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” To us, health care is a justice issue.

We will act justly by speaking alongside of you. It is not just that 14 million Americans could lose insurance by next year. It is not just that Medicaid will be cut, leaving the poorest at risk. It is not just that mental health services will be affected. We are contacting officials, letting them know how we feel about the coverage gaps in the proposed plan.

We will love mercy with you. The Hebrew word for mercy, hesed, means “loyal love” and “loving-kindness.” We will be loyal in our love to you, regardless of what coverage gaps we together must overcome. We will continue to support and provide services. We will continue to build relationships. We will love you where you are, as you are. We will support your physical, spiritual, social, emotional, and mental well-being. We will strive for SHALOM. Nothing missing. Nothing broken. We will be loyal and kind in our love.

We will walk humbly with your God. Walking with God suggests a constant movement with Him. Yet, this verse also implies that our God is yours too. We will cry out to Him -praying, listening, and acting. Will you as well? Pray to Him. Listen to Him. And then act. Act in humility – not with pride or arrogance. Not as a know it all. But act in loving-kindness by speaking justly with gentleness and respect. We will do the same.

Our faith guides our action. They go hand in hand. We are here with you. We are here for you. We will not leave you.

Erin Donovan Reverend Franklin Lance, D. Min.
Executive Director Senior Pastor
HopeSprings Mount Lebanon Baptist Church
On behalf of the Board

Rev. Dr. Frances “Toni” Murphy Draper Dorcas Baker, RN
Senior Pastor Nebo Christian Ministries
Freedom Temple AME Zion

Rev. Andy Nagel Rev. Tom Harris
Rev. Laura Crihfield Pastor
Associate Pastors Govans Presbyterian Church
Central Presbyterian Church

Erin Preshoot Rev. Jay Baylor
National Director, Serve the City Pastor
Mosaic Christian Church Church of the Apostles in the City

Rev. Ryan Casey Rev. David Harris
Pastor Ordained Pastor
Horizon Church of Towson

Rev. Joel Strom
Pastor
Towson Presbyterian Church

LETTER IN RESPONSE TO THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT - To Elected Officials

To Our President, Vice President, and Elected Officials,

As a group of leaders and pastors from the faith community serving people who are highly at risk for or living with HIV, we are deeply troubled by the American Health Care Act. Micah 6:8 guides us, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Our faith guides our actions.

Acting Justly: To act justly is to ensure that the most vulnerable do not lose health insurance. The Congressional Budget office estimates that next year alone with the American Health Care Act, 14 million are at risk. To act justly is to ensure that Medicaid is not cut. For the working poor, a tax credit based on age does not cut it. Subsidies are needed instead. To act justly is to ensure that mental health services are provided. To act justly is to guarantee that access to prescriptions used for both the treatment of HIV and the prevention of HIV remain affordable to people in all income brackets. Let us not lose the progress we have made in “Getting to Zero: Zero AIDS related deaths, Zero new HIV infections, and Zero Stigma.”

Loving Mercy: The Hebrew word for mercy, hesed, means “loyal love” and “loving-kindness.” We ask that you would be loyal in showing love and kindness to people of all walks of life, regardless of socio-economic status. Loving mercy includes everyone. We ask you to support the physical, spiritual, social, emotional, and mental well-being of all people by embracing a plan that works for everyone.

Walking Humbly: We would like to walk with you through this process just as we walk with the brothers, sisters, and friends we serve. We commit to praying for you in this process. We commit to reaching out to you to voice our concerns, to work constructively with you in making decisions, and to be a resource to you about the communities we serve and the effect the proposed legislation would have on them. We do this not in pride, but in walking humbly with God.

Our faith guides our action. They go hand in hand. Please consider how the American Health Care Act affects ALL people, for we were ALL created in the image of God and are ALL loved equally.

Erin Donovan Reverend Franklin Lance, D. Min.
Executive Director Senior Pastor
HopeSprings Mount Lebanon Baptist Church
On behalf of the Board

Rev. Dr. Frances “Toni” Murphy Draper Dorcas Baker, RN
Senior Pastor Nebo Christian Ministries
Freedom Temple AME Zion

Rev. Dr. John Schmidt Rev. Tom Harris
Senior Pastor Pastor
Central Presbyterian Church Govans Presbyterian Church

Erin Preshoot Rev. Jay Baylor
National Director, Serve the City Pastor
Mosaic Christian Church Church of the Apostles in the City

Rev. Ryan Casey Rev. David Harris
Pastor Ordained Pastor
Horizon Church of Towson

Rev. Joel Strom Rev. Deborah McEachran
Pastor Pastor
Towson Presbyterian Church Hunting Ridge Presbyterian

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