Reminding political leaders of the moral stakes of reform
As healthcare reform negotiations remains stalled on Capitol Hill and Pres. Obama prepares to deliver his first State of the Union address tonight, religious leaders are standing up to remind Congress and the administration that the political twists and turns in Washington don’t the change the urgent needs of the millions of Americans who’ve been waiting far too long for quality, affordable healthcare.
This morning a group of 23 prominent religious leaders, including clergy, scholars, nationally known advocates and ten members of the White House Council for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, sent President Obama a letter stating, in part, “Strong, public leadership from you at this moment could sway leaders who are now wavering and considering putting off or scaling back reform.”
Earlier this week, an interfaith letter organized by Faithful Reform in Healthcare was sent to Members of Congress telling them that “[t]his is your moment for political courage, vision, leadership and faith.” And yesterday the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops — in an interesting turn from their previous threats to oppose health reform — sent a letter urging Congress to pass reform that provides “affordable, quality, life-giving care is available to all.”
It’s especially important to have voices of moral clarity when the political situation is so murky. Here’s hoping lawmakers take the faith community’s witness to heart.