B’nai B’rith International is profoundly disappointed that a federal judge in Florida has ruled that a multi-state challenge to the nation’s health care reform law can go forward. The health care reform measure signed into law this spring will ensure the vital life-long access to health insurance that will enable Americans to stay healthy as they age.With a long and active involvement in issues important to seniors, B’nai B’rith believes expanding access to health care to all Americans will contribute to the well-being of the nation.
“B’nai B’rith, a staunch advocate for America’s seniors, considers life-long access to good quality health care, including prevention and maintenance of chronic conditions, imperative,” B’nai B’rith President Dennis W. Glick said. “Requiring all Americans to be insured will help eliminate age, gender, and pre-existing condition discrimination.”
Ensuring all Americans have health insurance will keep coverage affordable for millions of Americans who currently don’t have access to reliable health care. Long-time access to preventive care could lead to lower health care needs for older Americans. The continued strength of the insurance industry is in part dependent on pooling risks. If only the old or unhealthy have insurance, costs are greater for everyone.
“This legislation is an important step forward and opens the door to insurance and health care for people in imperfect health, as well as to those with more modest incomes,” B’nai B’rith Director of Aging Policy Rachel Goldberg, Ph.D., said “Now is the time to focus on implementation to make sure that the promise of this legislation is fulfilled.”