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Moral message vs monied interests

July 7, 2009, 2:22 pm | Posted by Dan Nejfelt

The Washington Post reported yesterday that health insurers have hired 350 former government officials as lobbyists and are spending $1.4 million per day to ensure that health care reform doesn’t hurt their bottom line. (One can’t help but wonder how much medical treatment they could fund with that amount of money, but that’s another post entirely.) Simply put, this is a gigantic push the likes of which you don’t see very often.

So it’s a good thing faith leaders are working so hard to pass reform that fixes our broken system and makes quality coverage affordable for all Americans. In addition to the radio ads Faithful America, FPL, PICO, Sojourners and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good sponsored over the Fourth of July weekend, an interfaith group of almost 30 national religious leaders gathered on Capitol Hill today for a Faith Leader Summit on Health Care, which included meetings with Members of Congress and White House staff. And last week, a group of 500 faith-based activists from across the country to lobby their Representatives and Senators. These events come on the heels of an active spring for religious advocacy on health care. These efforts and many many more are necessary in the next couple of months. The moral message that all families deserve quality, affordable health care can prevail over powerful lobbyists, but we can’t take it for granted.

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