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Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World today applauded the House of Representatives’ decision to not put the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to a vote. If the AHCA had become law 24 million people, including 14 million on Medicaid, would have lost their health insurance coverage. This would have increased hunger and poverty in the United States.
The following statement can be attributed to Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World:
“Protecting Medicaid is a priority for the faith community. If the American Health Care Act had become law, 14 million people would have lost Medicaid; a program that helps 70 million Americans. People without affordable health coverage must often choose between buying food for their families and paying for medical care. We commend the members of the House who stood up to the leadership and spoke out against the proposed cuts to Medicaid, and we urge everyone to remain steadfast in their commitment to protect low-income families in our country.”
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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