GBCS General Secretary Urges UMs to Call Representatives on Capitol Hill

July 24, 2009

Reforming U.S. healthcare system is a moral issue, he says


"This week, we are in the midst of a major push for healthcare reform in the U.S. Congress," says Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church.


"My prayer is that you will take action and call and write your members of Congress: Demand that healthcare reform legislation include a strong public option. You can reach the offices of your senators and representatives through the Capitol switchboard at 202.224.3121."


Winkler says that some Christians believe Christ's teachings "are quaint and utopian," that His ideals are something we cannot expect to achieve and have nothing to do with public policy.


However, "I beg to differ, and so does The United Methodist Church," Winkler says. "We believe healthcare is a basic human right. We believe it is a governmental responsibility to provide all citizens with healthcare.


"Everything I understand about Jesus Christ leads me to the conclusion that we are all together and must care for one another."


"Please take action now," Winkler urges. "Sign up to get updates on healthcare activities that you can be a part of this summer. And don't forget to contact your members of Congress immediately, urging them to support healthcare reform.


"Everyone should have healthcare: Good, quality healthcare, not healthcare necessitated in emergency rooms. This is a moral issue. We need to speak out to make this happen."


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