Peace and Justice Updates – June 20, 2017

June 18th marked the 2 year anniversary of Laudato Si’. The Global Catholic Climate Movement has launched its new Laudato Si’ Pledge campaign! The ambitious goal is to get at least 1% of the Catholic family (12 million) to sign the pledge in support of the Pope’s message and commit to live Laudato Si’. Join in commemorating the 2nd anniversary of Laudato Si’ by signing the pledge here.


The Senate is moving quickly to put together its version of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, following passage of the House American Health Care Act last month. Senators are said to be struggling with ideas to increase the House bill’s insurance subsidies and perhaps extend the proposed phase-out of the Medicaid expansion but are still focusing on making drastic changes to the Medicaid program. Catholic Health Association continues to urge the Senate to reject any legislation that would increase the number of uninsured or impose harmful cuts and changes to the Medicaid program. If you haven’t already done so, please contact the Senate to express your concerns as they formulate legislation. A sample letter, background material, and talking points are available on e-Advocacy. Also, see this state-by-state graphic on the impact of the potential repeal of premium tax credits and Medicaid expansion on employment.

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