Faithful America Campaign – Health Care for America’s Children

<ed.note>Vince Isner, of Faithful America, an online community of people of faith working to build a more just and compassionate nation, sent out an email which began with the body below. It was followed by a link to a petition one can sign. I wrote Vince and asked "Has anyone suggested that churches voluntarily give up their tax exempt status and housing allowances and tithe their "corporate" donations and dedicate these funds to underwriting charity care?" He responded: "To my knowledge, NOBODY has yet come forward with such a courageous idea! But I have just passed it on to Bob Edgar, head of NCC, and other members of our staff. Thanks!" To paraphrase Frank of Assisi: "Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and then start your petition drive…</ed.note>

Dear FaithfulAmerican:

"The moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped."   Hubert H. Humphrey (with a nod from every religious leader known to humanity)

For many newborns in the U.S. their trip home from the hospital marks the END of their quality health care experience.  Nine million children in the United States are living without health insurance.  Many millions more are living with inadequate insurance.  This means either children go without health care or, if an emergency arises, they are treated in expensive emergency rooms for which their parents cannot hope to pay.

We believe quality health care every person’s birthright.  Nowhere is this more important than in childhood.

Today and tomorrow, our friends from the Children’s Defense Fund and heads of several faith groups are on Capitol Hill visiting with members of Congress to stand with families suffering from our nation’s unjust and inadequate children’s health care system.  They will ask for a comprehensive health coverage for all children in America.