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Obama Praises Religious Communities on Health Care Reform


Obama praises and thanks religious communities for promoting justice in the United States by their contributions to the social movements of the past, and calls them to now act on healthcare reform. The President today, during a call-in-conference with religious leaders, acknowledged how religious communities have helped to establish Social Security, Medicare, and civil rights. During this time when so much fear-mongering about healthcare reform has been generated, Obama reminded us how men and women of faith have helped move forward social reform by providing hope instead of fear.  

The call-in was sponsored by various religious organizations including Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, which is one of many in the religious-based coalition 40 Days for Health Reform, whose primary intent is to call upon individuals, regardless of their differences, to a higher purpose; to remind our political leaders that “health care for every family is a moral priority.” They seek to encourage constructive debate over the issue of health care, right the injustices of the past around the its practice (or lack of), open a dialogue with the White House over reform, and move religious communities to act for reform. The call-in included contributions by Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners, a question and answer period with Melody Barnes, White House Director of Domestic Policies, and a statement by Pres. Obama.  You can listen to the full call-in at BlogRadio.

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  • RossHeckmann 5 years ago

    Thanks for the report, Ramon. For me, the pending health-care reform bills are non-starters for at least two reasons. (1) The currently pending health care reform bills do not respect human life, in that they provide for the funding of killing through abortion. For substantiation, please see the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ("USCCB") Committee on Pro-Life Activities (sorry, this website does not allow me to provide links or URLs). (2) Additionally, the pending health care bills are more and more becoming special interest boondoggles that benefit corporations over the people. For substantiation, please see William Greider's 8/19/09 article, "Is Obama Squandering Our Best Chance for Better Health?" and Cong. Dennis Kucincich's 8/18/09 article, "Health Care Wanted: Dead or Alive." It's time to euthanize the pending health care "reform" bills and start over.

  • Lisa Shaeffer 5 years ago

    Thanks for reporting on this. There's been so much hyperbole and fear-mongering in the health care debate, like the so-called "death panel" claims. I'm glad the president is reaching out to religious communities to set the record straight. Health care reform is sorely needed, and we can't let distortions and mistruths kill it.

  • Ramon: LA Catholic Examiner 5 years ago

    Ross: Your concerns are good reasons why we need to continue contacting legislators during this time. We should not be silent but rationally push for reform that serves all citizens, is pro-life, pro-women, pro-family. I do not believe we should give-up now but instead take a more active role in shaping the legislation.

  • DanTheMan 5 years ago

    Obama promised to not raise taxes of any kind on individuals who make less than $200k, but he raised cigarette taxes by 62 cents a pack. There are 43 million smokers in the US and the vast majority of them make less than $200k. At a minimum, I'm certain Obama will raise cigarette and alcohol taxes in order to pay for his healthcare plan. And now that we've seen him lie about taxes, I'm quite sure he'll raise all kinds of taxes that will affect everyone. The man is a fraud and he's very corrupt. He's a disgrace to our country and I can hardly wait to see him leave office. Don't believe a word he says, and the same is true for the Democratic leaders in Congress.

  • Brenda 5 years ago

    Dan the Man,
    Yes, Obama signed the bill raising the cigarette tax (incidentally, a bill originally passed by Congress during the Bush administration, but vetoed by Bush himself). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cigarette smoking results in an estimated 443,000 premature deaths each year, and costs the economy $193 billion per year.

    Obama's promise was that he would not raise personal INCOME TAX on people earning under $200K, a promise he continues to stand by. He did not, and conceivably could not, promise that no taxes affecting people earning under $200K/yr would ever be raised. There's a big difference.

    Meanwhile, the new cig tax funds health insurance for children -- a good thing -- while discouraging new smokers -- another good thing. Thanks, Mr. President, and thanks Congress.

  • Rick Sikorski 5 years ago

    Ramon. I posted your link on my site. Would appreciate the reciprocal courtesy. Rick. Orange County Roman Catholic Examiner.
    P.S. Did a 101 on Health Care Reform you might find interesting.

  • DanTheMan 5 years ago

    To Brenda: I heard Obama say on at least one occasion that he will not raise taxes of any kind on individuals who make less than $200k, which means he wasn't talking about income taxes only. I will provide a link when I find it.

  • DanTheMan 5 years ago

    To Brenda: I can't post a link here, but you will see a YouTube clip that shows Obama promising not to raise ANY kind of taxes while speaking in Dover, NH last year. Go to Google and type "obama dover sep" to see the video. So yes, Obama lied and he keeps on lying.

  • DanTheMan 5 years ago

    "I can make a firm pledge," said Obama in Dover, N.H., on Sept. 12. "Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."

    But within two weeks of his inauguration he raised cigarette taxes by 62 cents a pack on the nation's 43 million smokers. The man broke his promise, so why should we believe anything he says?