Tuesday, April 12, 2005

I was uninsured and you fought for coverage

Press Release:
A diverse array of religious leaders are encouraging faith organizations and congregations throughout the United States to learn more about why 45 million Americans have no health care coverage, as well as to speak out for the goal of health care coverage for all Americans.

Interfaith activities are being planned before, during, and after Cover the Uninsured Week, to be held May 1 to May 8, in communities nationwide. Representatives of the Southern Baptist Convention, National Council of Churches, the United Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Islamic Society of North America, the Salvation Army, and six other religious organizations are part of an interfaith advisory board that is spearheading the effort. They are calling upon their congregants and others to ask our nation's leaders to make health care coverage a top national priority.


"There are certain moral dilemmas in our society about which faith leaders are compelled to speak out. We are morally obligated to speak and act," said Rev. Eileen Lindner, chairperson of the National Interfaith Advisory Board for Cover the Uninsured Week, and deputy general secretary of research and planning, National Council of Churches. "Millions of our fellow Americans are suffering physically and spiritually because they lack health coverage. It is time for our nation's leaders to make it a priority to ensure reliable and affordable health coverage for all Americans. Although we honor and observe different traditions, men and women of faith are coming together to stand up and speak out for those in need. We are morally bound to advocate for our uninsured neighbors, many of whom needlessly suffer because they don't get the medical care they need."


"Americans without health coverage represent every race, ethnicity, religion, and region of the country. Wherever we pray, chances are very good that someone near us is unable to get the health care they need because they do not have insurance coverage," said Richard Land, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. "Although Americans observe faith traditions that encompass a wide spectrum of beliefs, all hold that life is a holy gift to be cherished. We are called to care for one another, provide healing, and prevent suffering. That is why we join together to support Cover the Uninsured Week."

I'm thinking anything that can bring together the NCC and Richard Land can't be half bad.


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