Diverse Organizations Support Healthcare Reform But Oppose Government-run Healthcare that Funds Abortion, Violates Conscience, Rations Care, or Limits Freedom

Sep 10, 2009

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Washington, DC – Today some of the largest multiracial, multiethnic, and multigenerational faith-based and policy organizations in the country, representing more than 30 million people, gathered in the Nation’s capital to discuss healthcare reform and to mobilize their constituents regarding this national debate.

We believe social justice includes healthcare reform that lowers the cost, increases quality, and expands choice at the greatest convenience, without moving private health decisions from the doctor’s office to Washington bureaucrats. Individual liberties trump government-imposed obligations. We believe that individuals, communities, and doctors in the free market make better health decisions than government mandates. We believe in incentives, not coercion.

We oppose funding for abortion. Abortion is not healthcare. We support the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. Life, no matter how young, is not expendable and, no matter how ill or aged, is not to be weighed on a cost-benefit scale. We support conscience laws protecting hospitals and healthcare providers from coerced participation in abortion. We oppose government policies pressuring people to forgo or limit treatment because of age or illness. We oppose rationed healthcare due to age, illness or based on a government agency’s determination of “quality” or “value” of life. President Obama said, “under our plan no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.” However, the House has repeatedly rejected amendments denying funding to abortion. We will hold Congress accountable to the principle of the sanctity of human life and to the President’s assurance that no public funds will fund abortion and that conscience laws will remain in place.

We support health insurance that is affordable and portable. We support legal reform to stop frivolous lawsuits that drive up healthcare costs, while affording the injured appropriate compensation. We support portability, allowing people to take their healthcare with them so it is not tied to employment. We support options to purchase health insurance across state lines. We support competition; coverage of pre-existing conditions; wellness care and prevention incentives; tax relief that provides a dollar-for-dollar deduction for every dollar spent on premiums or other medical or prescription costs; and a dollar-for-dollar tax deduction with no limit from gross income for every dollar contributed to nonprofit organizations providing healthcare for free or at reduced cost to the needy.

We support freedom and the dignity of the individual, and thus we oppose federalization of the healthcare industry that would create a maze of bureaucracy which will impede and delay critical care and decrease the quality of healthcare. We oppose a single-payer, government-run insurance program or the so-called public option. It is time to start over with a truly nonpartisan approach to healthcare.

The following is a list of organizations supporting these principles:

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
President
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Mat Staver
Founder & Chairman
Liberty Counsel
Dean
Liberty University School of Law

Tim Clinton
President
American Association of Christian Counselors

Dr. Che Ahn
President
Harvest International Ministries

Bishop Harry Jackson
Chairman & Founder
High Impact Leadership Coalition

Deacon Keith Fournier
Editor-in-Chief
Catholic Online

Lou Engle
Co-Founder
The Call to Action

Hon. Kenneth Blackwell
The Conservative Action Project

Tim Wildmon
President
American Family Association

Tim Phillips
President
Americans for Prosperity

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson
Founder & President
Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND) Action Inc.

Gary Bauer
President
American Values 

Steve Strang
President & CEO
Charisma Magazine/Strang Communications

Wendy Wright
President
Concerned Women for America

Julie Clinton
Founder & President
Extraordinary Women

Tony Perkins
President
Family Research Council Action

Phyllis Schlafly
President
Eagle Forum

Dr. Cindy Jacobs
Co-Founder
Generals International

Ron Luce
President & Founder
Teen Mania

Dr. Richard Land
President
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Southern Baptist Convention

Deryl Edwards
President
Liberty Alliance Action

Johnnie Moore
Director of Spiritual Programs, Campus Pastor
Liberty University

Johnny Hunter
Director & Founder
Life Education and Resource Network (LEARN)

Rick Joyner
Founder
MorningStar Ministries

Rev. Rob Schenck
President
National Clergy Council

Rick Tyler
Founding Director
Renewing American Leadership

Tim Echols
Founder & President
TeenPact

Lou Sheldon
Founder & Chairman
Traditional Values Coalition

Andrea Lafferty
Executive Director
Traditional Values Coalition

Rick Scarborough
Founder & President
Vision America

Dick Bott
President & CEO
Bott Radio Network

Rich Bott
Exec. VP & COO
Bott Radio Network


Notice of Webcast:

Mat Staver is a scheduled speaker for a live "National Townhall on Health Care Reform" webcast on Thursday, September 10 at 8:30 p.m. EDT.

Bishop Harry Jackson, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and Mathew Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, will be appearing on a live webcast tonight at 8:30 p.m. at www.frcaction.org/webcast. They will join members of Congress, leading medical and policy experts and other national leaders for the live event.

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