—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (March 23, 2010) – In a press release issued today, the Islamic Circle of North America’s Council for Social Justice (ICSJ) and ICNA Relief commended President Barack Obama on signing the healthcare reform bill earlier today.
The struggle for justice in healthcare has a long history, beginning nearly a hundred years ago as people vying for health coverage began to face opposition from established opinions and bias.
The healthcare reform bill signed this morning will guarantee over 95% of Americans health insurance coverage. Insurers will no longer be allowed to deny coverage; the public will have a variety of competing plans to choose from.
Additionally, it will cut the federal budget deficit. Health insurance will not only become more affordable for families and small businesses (due to new tax credits), but seniors on Medicare will pay less for their prescription drugs.
The bill is designed to create or save more than 2.5 million jobs. Medicaid will be expanded, and young adults will be able to remain on their families’ insurance plans until the age of 26. Community health centers will also double the number of patients who can be treated.
Naeem Baig, Executive Director of ICSJ, and Ayub Badat, Executive Director of ICNA Relief commented on the passing of the reform bill calling it “a historic moment,” for those who have long battled for better coverage in the United States.
The ICSJ was formed in 2009 as the face of ICNA’s social justice team. Its public advocacy agenda includes representing the Muslim voice on social justice issues of the American society, policy studies & research programs to empower the community. ICNA Relief is one of the leading Islamic relief organizations and provides help and assistance to Muslim and non-Muslim communities throughout North America.
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