A leading U.S. nun is joining other religious leaders in using a moral argument to try to convince Republican governors that they should implement the health law's Medicaid expansion for the poor.
The Hill: Head U.S. Nun Chastises Republican Governors On Medicaid Opt-Out
The leader of a group that represents most American nuns is calling on Republican governors to accept the health care reform law's Medicaid expansion, which would provide insurance coverage to a larger share of the poor. Sister Pat Farrell, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, joined a group of 102 other faith leaders in co-signing a statement Monday that urges support for a larger Medicaid program. "Depriving struggling families of health care is wholly incompatible with the teachings of our faiths and the ideals of our nation," the statement reads (Vibeck, 9/10).
Modern Healthcare: Faith Leaders Support Medicaid Expansion
Sister Simone Campbell, the Catholic nun who led the "Nuns on the Bus" two-week tour this summer to oppose Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) House budget, has joined other faith leaders in urging the nation's governors to support the reform law's Medicaid expansion. "As a person of faith who deeply values all of life, it is a pro-life stance to make sure all of these folks are covered and have access to quality, affordable health care," Simone said during a conference call Monday hosted by Faith in Life, a Washington, D.C.-based organization established to advance faith in the public arena (Zigmond, 9/10).
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