by Rev. Linda Hanna Walling
Faithful Reform in Health Care
It’s clear. The attack on health care reform will continue and, in all probability, escalate as the new Congress convenes. Why? Because polls show that attacks work — even if they are not completely true or, worse, false. Shame on us!
As people of faith — trusted messengers — it’s our turn! With fewer financial resources, but with relationships that reach into the depth and breadth of our communities, it is our job to transcend partisan politics and economic self-interests, and to be the truth-tellers in support of a compassionate health care future with a system includes and works well for all of us.
We begin with the declaration that “truth is witness to the whole.” We know that one short sound-bite taken out of context — even if it’s a fact — does not necessarily represent the whole truth. We denounce the use of such sound-bites (from any party!) when they are intended to pervert truth for electoral gain. In the end, we acknowledge that a manipulation of facts to frighten and confuse vulnerable populations is just plain immoral.
We can change what’s happening, but it means each of us must be willing to share the TRUTH when we hear it. We can and must make a difference because health care is, first and foremost, a people issue that should not be relegated to the caverns of political ideologies. In sharing TRUTH, we are not supporting one candidate over another. We are simply making sure that people make their choices based on truth that witnesses to the whole — not on distorted perceptions based on mis-represented facts.
“A Daily Dose of Truth” will be published regularly to help you compare what you are hearing to the real TRUTH in the Affordable Care Act. Please help spread the message to the far reaches of our country — via viral email, Facebook, telephone calls, chats with neighbors, and discussions in your communities of faith. Help us counter what is touted as true (with a little “t”) with what is actually the TRUTH!