Church and State

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Church and State
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Wed, 09-22-2010 - 3:03pm
Barack Obama seeks divine intervention on health care reform





By SARAH KLIFF | 9/22/10 10:33 AM EDT Updated: 9/22/10 2:33 PM EDT












With nothing else working, President Barack Obama is asking religious leaders to help him sell the public on health care reform.



POLITICO listened in to an Oval Office conference call Tuesday, where Obama and top administration officials, beseeched thousands of faith-based and community organizations to preach the gospel on new insurance reforms, chiefly the Patients’ Bill of Rights.







“Get out there and spread the word,” Obama told leaders from across the religious spectrum on the conference call, organized by the Health and Human Services Center for Faith-Based and Community Partnerships.


“This is something that we’ll be able to look back on, just like we do on Medicare and Social Security, as a cornerstone that improves the security of millions of Americans, at the same time lowers costs and gets control of costs, both at the government level, but also for families and businesses," he added.



Obama instructed faith leaders to treat the new law as settled fact and use their perches of power to convey that message to congregants and friends.



“The debate in Washington is over, the Affordable Care Act is now law ... I think all of you can be really important validators and trusted resources for friends and neighbors, to help explain what’s now available to them,” he said.



The call included the administration’s highest-ranking health reform officials: Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, White House Office of Health Reform director Nancy Ann-DeParle,


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Wed, 09-22-2010 - 3:25pm

Sounds like a political stunt--trying to earn votes by spreading half-truths or at least leaving out the consequences of them in order to garnish support before an election.

It's too bad the whole truth can't be spread as a refreshing change.

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Wed, 09-22-2010 - 3:32pm
I would think that many of Obama's supporters/possible supporters would be people who believe in the separation of Church and State and that they would be offended by this move of the Presidents!
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Wed, 09-22-2010 - 3:34pm

I also thought that the non profit status would prohibit 'going to churches' to spread the benefits of HCR?


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Wed, 09-22-2010 - 4:39pm

I support the concept of separation of church and state and wish that the faith-based office would be shut down. Instead of preachers conveying what is now available (risk pools, coverage for those up to age 26) and reiterating that there are no death panels and that the covered services under Medicare have not been cut, this should be done by direct communication to the general public. This animation is one method:

http://healthreform.kff.org/the-animation.aspx

I think that a public relations program (minus the faith-based office) could do a much better job at putting information out there.

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Wed, 09-22-2010 - 7:42pm
I actually made sure and changed the title because the article one wasn't good and I thought you would 'get me'....Honestly I was remembering a thread from probably a good year ago, but wanted to try and make my title not sound that bad :)








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Sun, 09-26-2010 - 9:26am

I was reading this this morning.


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Sun, 09-26-2010 - 11:19am
How is providing factual information about a new law to a congregation and talking about which political candidate is best in any way comparable?
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Sun, 09-26-2010 - 12:21pm
If you look Obama wanted them to get the people riled up to go out and vote!








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Sun, 09-26-2010 - 12:29pm
I just looked. It's not in the OP.
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Registered: 08-16-2005
Mon, 09-27-2010 - 5:51am

Please show me where he is not wanting them to go to their churches, in the election season, and talk up health care reform.


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