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Faith Leaders Seek God In Health Care Reform

May 26, 2009

Kansas City, MO – All eyes may very well be on Washington, D.C., this summer as healthcare reform is expected to take center stage in Congress - and faith leaders across the country say God is watching, too.

A new organization, Cover All Families, has launched a series of radio ads on Christian stations, with the message that supporting healthcare reform is part of doing "God's work."

Leaders with the Missouri-based group Faith Aloud agree, and say they tried to send the same message to the State Legislature this year. They were disappointed, however, when lawmakers chose to neither implement healthcare reforms nor expand Medicaid accessibility, according to Reverend Rayfield Burns with Kansas City's Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church.

"We see the legislation as a moral issue. It's not just a bunch of numbers - it's people."

Historically, notes Burns, churches have helped people with such basic needs as food and clothing by stepping in to fill gaps where the state and federal governments don't - but there are some things they're simply unable to do.

"The church is not able to provide healthcare. We're just not able to do that, but we know the government can. So, that's why we call on our Congresspeople to step up to the plate."

Cover All Families has run its ads in seven states, including Missouri, seen as "swing" districts of lawmakers who may well determine the fate of healthcare reform. The group plans to continue its campaign throughout the summer to raise awareness about the need for quality, affordable healthcare.

To hear the campaign online, visit

Heather Claybrook, Public News Service - MO