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Standing up for health reform once again

February 24, 2010, 6:00 pm | Posted by Dan Nejfelt

On the eve of the Bipartisan Health Care Summit, religious advocates for health care reform are keeping up the pressure on our elected officials, urging passage of reform legislation that delivers quality, affordable coverage for all American families. While all the political uncertainty about reform legislation here in Washington, DC, faith leaders are reminding our political leaders that real lives are at stake.

Our friends at Faithful Reform in Health Care and the Washington Interreligious Staff Community (WISC) Health Care Working Group ran an ad in The Hill today and delivered a letter to Congress and the White House urging leaders to “complete the task at hand on behalf of the millions who are left out and left behind in our current health care system.” The letter was signed by more than 4000 people of faith, 58 national religious organizations, more than 80 regional and state faith organizations, and 26 national faith leaders.

Congregation-based community organizers are mobilizing too. Clergy and community leaders affiliated with PICO National Network are organizing Health Care Summit “watch parties” from coast to coast, and using the events to craft plans for continuing the push for meaningful reform.

Meanwhile, Catholics United has launched an online campaign encouraging the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to stand up for comprehensive health reform. CU member Patricia Pignatiello, whose brother has cancer but can’t afford treatment for it, is urging Catholics to email their bishops and ask them to support reform that will provide people like Patricia’s brother with needed care.

People of faith won’t give up, and they’re going to keep galvanizing around the urgent need for reform that makes quality healthcare accessible and affordable for all American families.There’s too much at stake to let this opportunity slip away.

UPDATE: Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good is taking action too, mobilizing its members to call their Representatives and Senators and tell them to pass reform as soon as possible.

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