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October 5, 2009

Poll: 18 Percent of Evangelicals Support Health Care Bills Before Congress

Americans appear nearly divided over the health care proposals before Congress, according to a September 2009 Pew Research Center poll. Forty-two percent of Americans favor the proposals before Congress while 44 percent who oppose them.

A Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life analysis reports that just 18 percent of white evangelicals favor the bills before Congress to reform health care.

A March 2009 survey by the Pew Research Center polling found 48 percent of white evangelicals favored a government guarantee of health insurance for all citizens, even if it would mean raising taxes. The survey found that 55 percent of Catholics, 56 percent of mainline Protestants, and 72 percent of religiously unaffiliated said the same thing.

The Pew Forum compares two coalitions of religious groups have staked out opposing positions on the issue: the Faith for Health, a progressive group that backs President Barack Obama, and the Freedom Federation, a conservative group that strongly opposes what it calls “the federalization of the health care industry.”

What do you think? Do you find hope in any of the health care bills before Congress?

Comments

I'm curious if those Xians opposed to HCR have any scriptural basis for it or if they're just taking marching orders from their favorite Mormon Con-man/talk show host?

I would say that my Christian brothers and sisters do.

The basis is found in the gospels of Hannity, Beck and Limbaugh.

"I'm curious if those Xians opposed to HCR have any scriptural basis for it."

One doesn't need a scriptural basis for every political position. Sometimes logic is enough.

Then if what we are seeing is based on logic, God help us all. Coz the logic currently being displayed is anything but logical. I would say it's as far from logical as one could possibly get

- Economy has been bad for more than a year
- Charities (including Christian outreaches & misisons) are receiving less money
- Fewer people have insurance due to layoffs
- Health is getting worse
- Hannity, etc. are wasting time with Tea Bag parties. They don’t spend any precious air time rally people to give and volunteer at charities
- The need remains, and in fact grows.
- Therefore, a big outcry for a solution
- With the absence of a strong Church outreach, many people are looking to government.

You’re right. Logic is enough.

No need to look at scriptures that speak on justice and the poor, right?

p.s. I wonder what the opinions are of Black, Hispanic or even Asian evangelicals? Or even white evangelicals who have been denied coverage simply because of a pre-existing condition, even if they are working and the condition is not currently a problem.


If liberals want to include the cost of abortion services in the health bill, I can tell you how to solve it. Leave it out of the Bill and tell her that she has to bear that cost herself--the cost of the procedure and the cost of living with the memory of it for eternity. Why should I pay for something that I feel is murder?

There are hundreds or thousands of women who yearn for a child and cannot bear them. Adoption is a wonderful alternative. I know, I have two boys who are wonderful and without them is unthinkale.