Liberal U.S. religious groups launch “40 Days of Health Reform”

August 10, 2009


Liberal U.S. religious groups launched “40 Days of Health Reform” on Monday.

You can see our coverage here and a video of their nationwide TV spot below.

The campaign aims to energize efforts by President Barack Obama and his Democratic Party to overhaul America’s healthcare system.

(PHOTO: U.S. President Barack Obama holds a town hall meeting about healthcare at the Kroger Supermarket in Bristol, Virginia July 29, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing)


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It is about time the true followers of Christ come forward and help pass healthcare reform. “Ye who do this for the least of my brethen, do it also unto me”.

Posted by Donna | Report as abusive

thank god for this, im tired of watching those fool take the spotlight

Posted by chris | Report as abusive

I agree with Donna, on the other hand, I can’t but wonder about how chris manages to thank God and before the sentence is over, call fellow christians with differing opinions Fools.

Posted by Ray | Report as abusive

It’s heartbreaking to witness Christians subordinating their Biblical foundations about abortion, homosexuality, and abortion in order to appease a politician’s anti-Biblical agenda – when it comes to those matters. “Righteous exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people” {Pro. 14:34}. This country is perishing because Christian leaders support politicians more than they support the teachings of Christ. “Nevertheless, when the son of man shall come, shall He find faith on the earth?” {Luke 18:8}.

Posted by Phil Phat | Report as abusive

i wounder if rev wright will be taking part in this liberal campaign after all he is the spiritual mentor of the leader of this charade. Phil Phat is so correct the advancement of the agenda of this crowd of progressives is to the altar of their liberal socialist dogma,this has been shown consistently to have more significance to them than any religious beliefs or any compassion for the unborn baby,so as this prevails then any other pretense of grace evaporates.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Let’s Respect others and discussion, not violence.
‘What’s in it’ ? or ‘violence and disruption’, which one is the reason of slow-down ?

A healthy America is a strong America, “No patient left behind.”

The runaway premium similar to the peak fuel price last year and left so many folks in despair insists on staying the course with the attitude ‘unchanged’, clearly this trend could bankrupt individual, business, and government. Now the government subsequently is tasked with these two main assignments, first, to address premium inflation, second, to expand coverage to all in urgent need.
In order to cover all and not to add to the deficit, the public option can not set the same rates of private market, rather, it needs to have the function to keep it in check in terms of inflation, too. Unfortunately, this ‘unavoidable’ direction is aggressively being accused by the runaway premium, citing government ‘take-over’ .
Under the circumstances the energy bill to determine human future and the other major issues is presently piled up, who wants to waste time making enemies ?, which also does not benefit the forthcoming election.
On the other hand, to make things worse, critics say the savings from the proposed public option is not enough to meet the revenue goal. Furthermore, on another hand, some say ‘hands off’ . Where do these No tax, No saving and the like intend to force this reform to go ? The conclusion by ‘just-say-no’ is no doubt. Ironically, the Deficit-sensitive groups have a distinctive common ground, they all have a Deficit-driven background out of question.

Of all choices, the best thing would be savings through efficiency. Considering the wasteful structure, the highest premium in the world, and the most expensive part of medicare, with the prevention / wellness program in place, an American style innovation, an ‘outcome’-based payment founded upon IT system may be enough to save more than 50 billions per year (500 / decade), both ‘improving quality’ and removing the unnecessary procedures (as pay is dependent on patient’s outcome). Young folks and advocates need to explain the notion of a pay for outcome agreement to the elderly misled by the disinformation.

Unlike private market, this public option includes large-scale investments, these large investments still does not get the fair score, instead seem to become a source of acute conflict, even so, this common sense-based program needs to develop further as early detection goes beyond monetary value.

In short, with the heartbreaking tears in mind (Nearly 11 Million Cancer Patients Without Health Insurance), private market also needs change and should join together to complete this reform , as promised, if not, the runaway premium only has itself to blame. Job-based coverage (indirect payment), mandate code, and ample capital might be favorable to the private market. And It can be said that fair competition starts with fair market value.
Over time, supposedly, the public plan will concentrate more on basic, primary cares, and the private insurers will provide their clients with differentiated services.

Thank You !

Posted by hsr0601 | Report as abusive

I read in the health bill that businesses will pay a penalty if they don’t provide health insurance to their employees. Businesses are profit-oriented. If the penalty is less than their health costs, they’ll drop health insurance and pay the penalty. Those 46 million will double or triple within 2 to 3 years.

Also, can our hospitals handle 46 million people.

I believe that everybody deserves health care, insured or not.

Posted by jorge | Report as abusive

The message of Jesus is one of compassion, good will and non judgement. It’s nice to see a religious group following that path instead of using the Bible to repress or restrict the rights of others.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

It is about time the TRUE followers of Christ come forward and help pass healthcare reform. “Ye who get your governments to do this for the least of my brethen, get your governments do it also unto me”. I’m pretty sure that’s a direct quote from Jesus — he wanted to make sure we sat on our butts and paid our taxes and only budged when we could agitate our governments to do “charitable” things.

Or maybe Jesus wanted us to do it ourselves? Have you worked for or donated to a low cost health clinic? Why are YOU not helping the least of your bretheren, instead of trying to get someone else to do it for you? Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, but give to God what is God’s.

Posted by ThirtyNineWinks | Report as abusive

I wonder why Jesus did not make the rich young ruler give away his wealth. Jesus knew it would help those in need, would benefit the giver, but did not force the act of charity. Why?

Posted by Scott T | Report as abusive

1 John 2:15 (NIV) – “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

Since these so-called religious people “love” to side with the world (i.e.- U.S. President Barack Obama), therfore, they make themselves enemies of God.

Posted by The Truth Be Told | Report as abusive

It’s only 9 months into this Administration and somehow you know completely the mindset of their democratic liberalism, you know for a fact that this administration is socialist, you know for a fact the heart and religious conviction and beliefs of this administration, you know for a fact how John F Kennedy who was killed by a hatred filled brainwashed communist sympathizer, would react by today’s democratic party. You know for a fact that McCain endorsed positively ACORN in 2006.
You know for a fact that Florida and Ohio didn’t commit voter fraud in 2000 and 2004 respectively, each run by the Republican party. You know for a fact that 2010 will be a hard hit for Democrats.

Ahh but one thing you don’t know you don’t know much about the resolve and vision, it’s a strong conviction we democrats have taken to heart to improve the lives of all Americans not the select few.

Posted by Rick | Report as abusive