Background Health care is a human right, not a commodity available only to those who can afford it. Health care should be inclusive, accessible, affordable, and accountable. All who work and those unable to work should be assured of quality health care. There are a variety of ways to achieve this goal and we have a moral obligation to achieve it. For more information click here.
"Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally." (Ezekiel 34:2-4)
"The LORD upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous." (Psalm 146:7-8)
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." (Luke 4:18-19)
Write to your Member of Congress share your stories and tell them how you feel about health care. Health care should honor human life and correct inequity particularly as it affects the poor and disabled populations who cannot afford or do not have access to health care.
Distribute a church bulletin insert about Health Care. [View Sample Bulletin Interts here]
Plan a Community Forum on Health Care in your own city. [Download Guide PDF]
Participate in Vigils September 26th in Washington, D.C. or in your own city in honor of the 101,000 people who die unnecessarily in the United States every year beacuse of the failures in the healthcare system.
Make a commitment to value health for others and for yourself equally.