"Let us not delay health care justice any longer. This is your moment for political courage, vision, leadership and faith. We urge you to take heart and move meaningful health care reform forward."
--Religious Leaders' Letter to the President and US Congress
The House is poised to take a critical floor vote on passage of comprehensive health care reform this week. After months of hard work and spirited debate, it is now time to keep faith with American families in our congregations and communities who needlessly suffer in our current health care system due to lack of access to health care or inadequate health care insurance coverage. We can no longer afford to overlook the needs and health of millions of Americans who lack access to basic health care services. Congress must take this major step forward in restoring the health, wholeness and well-being of God's creation.
Without health care reform, the ranks of the uninsured and under-insured will continue to increase, the cost of health care services and insurance will continue to rise, and the ability of the nation's businesses and industries to provide coverage and employment will continue to suffer.
In light of the continuing need for meaningful health care reform, The Episcopal Church joined more than 4,000 other religious leaders, congregations, and denominations last week in urging Congress to pass comprehensive health care reform on behalf of the millions who are left out and left behind in our current health care system. See below.
As people of faith, we have an opportunity to raise our voices in the halls of Congress and be both a healing presence and a voice of justice for those in need. Stewardship calls on us to respect the dignity of all human beings and work to provide a healing balm for those in need of basic health care.
Let's send a message to Congress that now is the time to act. Let us not delay health care justice any longer.
Call the Capitol Switchboard at 1-800-270-0309 and ask for your Representative. When you are connected to your member's office these are things that you might say:
- Families in our community are still struggling to afford and access health care.
- Please let Representative _____ know that I and many other people in our district are still very supportive of health care reform.
- We are so close to this victory, and we need to see this through. Our families, and future generations, are counting on this. Please ask Representative ____ to vote for final passage of comprehensive health care reform.