Statement on Healthcare Reform

Rev. Calvin S. Morris Ph.D., Executive Director

The House of Representatives’ historic vote on healthcare reform is a significant milestone in legislative inclusion, not unlike other significant milestones in our nation’s history, such as social security, minimum-wage legislation, Medicare, and the 40 hour work week.

This bill will expand health care for more than 30 million Americans who, heretofore, were without it. The most vulnerable in our society, such as those who have been denied coverage for pre-existing health conditions or youths and young adults up to the age of 26 who have not been able to remain on their parent’s policies, will no longer be denied coverage. It will also expand financial assistance to young people seeking higher education. This legislation, in many ways, expands the nation’s commitment to all of its people, no matter their socio-economic conditions, and narrows the gap between those who can and those who cannot afford adequate health coverage.

Through the lens of Community Renewal Society, a faith-based justice advocacy organization in Chicago for 128 years, this is a moral victory, undergirded by the prophetic call to be concerned about and in solidarity with “the least of God’s people.” This bill’s passage is part of an unfolding and ongoing effort to realize the American dream.

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