Wednesday, December 09, 2009


DC Candlelight Vigil for the "Public Option" in Health Care

Last night, as Senators continued to debate and negotiate about the future of a "public option" in a Senate health care bill, people of faith from diverse religious traditions gathered near the Senate to hold a candlelight vigil and rally. The purpose of the event was to demonstrate strong support for the "public option" by people of faith.

Participants in the vigil sang, prayed, and listened to speakers from the political, medical, and religious communities--including two senators and six members of congress. Two mothers also spoke about children who had been denied health insurance because of a preexisting condition: one child survived while the other tragically joined the 45,000 who die each year because of insufficient or no health care.

General Assembly Resolution 9915 called for a combination of "initiatives both private and public" to achieve affordable, quality health care for all. However, no General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has spoken specifically about the current issue of a "public option."

Disciples Justice Action Network, an independent justice advocacy organization, was one of the sponsors of the event and is a strong supporter of a robust version of the "public option."