Even America’s Top Christian Leaders Say Republicans Have This All Wrong

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Religious groups, surprisingly, have been some of the most vocal supporters of the Affordable Care Act. Why?

“Lawmakers have a moral obligation to protect health care laws that aid society’s most vulnerable.”

Thank you! Yes, that’s exactly right!

  • This law… factors in a preeminent human need that we have to help one another live, survive, and make it through,” said Rev. Heyward Wiggins. “Faith communities know repealing the ACA is a bad idea, and we will continue to advocate and pray for Congress to stop and listen to the voice of reason.”

Congress has already started their plan to repeal Obamacare – something that they’re promised to do ever since the health care law was proposed.

Last week, when Republicans tried to dismantle key parts of the Affordable Care Act, Sister Simone Campbell begged the party to “not play politics with people’s lives.”

  • “The Church must use a unified voice to fight efforts to take away healthcare from 22 million Americans enrolled in Obamacare,” said Sister Carol Keehan.

In a joint statement from four major faith coalitions:

  • Throughout Christian scriptures we are instructed to care for the poor and the most vulnerable… [repealing Obamacare] is certainly no way to make America great.”
  • For centuries, Jewish law has commanded communities to provide healthcare to their inhabitants,” wrote Rabbi Jonah Pesner. “Healthcare is a core element of creating a just society.”

THANK you, religious leaders! You inspire us with your vocal support for helping the needy!

Shaw has written for USA Today, CNN, Capitol Weekly, Independent Voter Network News, and The Energy Collective. At age 19, she was appointed to the Community Health Commission for the City of Berkeley by Mayor Tom Bates and served on the Mayor's Health Task Force. She acts and models professionally and has performed at Carnegie Hall. Shaw is a native San Franciscan. She studied political economy, public policy, biology, and rhetoric at UC Berkeley, and graduated in 2016. Through reformed education and effective communication, she is interested in making complex concepts accessible to broader audiences in hope of creating a more aware and active world.


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