U.S. President Barack Obama enlisted the "Religious Left" on Wednesday to help galvanise public support for his faltering drive for healthcare reform, using the language of faith as he accused some of the critics of his biggest domestic project of "bearing false witness."
Obama made a brief pitch to a "call in" organised by various liberal and progressive faith groups called "40 minutes for Health Reform." It is part of a campaign launched last week to counteract a movement to stop "Obamacare" that has been driven in part by conservative Christian activists.
"There has been a lot misinformation in this debate and there are some folks out there who are frankly bearing false witness," Obama said.
Obama took issue with some of the most emotive allegations that have been raised by social conservative opponents of his vision for overhauling America's healthcare and health insurance system.
“This notion that somehow we are setting up death panels that would decide on whether elderly people get to live or die … that is just an extraordinary lie.”