FORGET SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi thanked religious left groups for their help in ensuring the passage of ObamaCare.
She specifically cited the United Methodist Church for its tireless efforts in lobbying Congress to “Say yes to health care reform.”
“To the American Medical Association, the Catholic Health Association, the United Medical — the United Methodist Church, and Voices of America’s Children. From A to Z — they are sending a clear message to Members of Congress: Say yes to health care reform,” Ms. Pelosi proclaimed from the House floor.
On her website, Ms. Pelosi lists major pro-Obamacare groups to which she expresses thanks for the new legislation. The list includes the National Council of Churches, the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, and Faithful Reform in Health Care, a coalition that included Mainline Protestant agencies.
“We are not finished,” explained Jim Winkler of the United Methodist lobby office. “There is more work to be done in the weeks, months and years ahead to fulfill the need for health care around the globe.”
Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, comments: “The Religious Left version of Jesus’ love is an unceasingly expanding federal welfare state that coercively seizes assets from one segment of society for redistribution to other segments, according to coarse political calculations, and with all the efficiency and compassion for which mammoth state bureaucracies are renowned.”
Tooley continues: “Obamacare, with its frustrating maintenance of private insurance, is an insufficient but a hoped for first step towards the eradication of private medicine and, the Religious Left inwardly hopes, ultimately of the private economy and private charity. After all, there is no salvation outside Big Government.”