~ by Rev. Linda Hanna Walling, Faithful Reform in Health Care
Things really haven’t changed for us — the “us” being people of faith who have poured our hearts and energies into a moral vision for our health care future. We’ve been saying that even though we are so close to health care reform there are no guarantees. The Massachusetts election simply confirms that.
Our mission has always been that of promoting reform that truly embraces health, wholeness, and human dignity for all. We have pledged ourselves to ensuring that health care in our country will be inclusive, guaranteeing that everyone will be a part of a reformed system… accessible, eliminating barriers to needed care… affordable, assuring that persons will no longer have to chose between health care and other basic needs… and accountable, holding all participants in the system responsible for contributing to the common good.
Nothing that happened in Massachusetts changes that vision. Yes, the loss of the Senate seat will present a whole new set of political challenges and stifle legislative possibilities. But our task has never been that of putting or keeping a particular party in power, nor of promoting a partisan political agenda. Because of that, our mission remains intact.
What must change is how we respond to the new challenges. We can give up, or we can give it all we’ve got. We can yield to the pundits who say that the American people don’t want reform, or we can speak louder than ever proving what we do want. We can give in to the falsehoods derailing reform, or we can commit ourselves to being the most diligent truth-tellers ever.
Those who are on the side of giving it all we’ve got are urged to commit anew to the process of transformation that will usher in a moral vision for our health care future.
The need for prayer and conversation continues. Please join us — beginning with today’s call (01.20.10).