Reform Jews also cranking up health care reform action

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Since I’ve been talking a lot about health care reform in the last few days, here’s another item: the Reform movement has launched its own site to serve as a resource for Jewish activists who want to see some kind of universal health plan passed this year, out-of-control town meetings notwithstanding.

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism has created a Web site to provide “supporters of universal health care with the resources and tools necessary to add their voices to the growing chorus of people of faith speaking out for reform,” according to a RAC press release. “The site includes fact sheets on the health care system, Jewish texts on health care mandates, and action alerts containing pre-written letters to Congress contact in support of reform.”

The group is also participating in a  conference call pep rally next week with other faith groups favoring a strong health care reform measure  — “40 Minutes for Health Reform.”  Organizers managed to line up a pretty good speaker:  President Barack Obama.

The RAC goal is to use the August congressional recess to build support for comprehensive health care reform – and to counteract conservative groups that are also using the recess to mount an aggressive campaign against Democratic proposals.

Here’s the RAC’s Rabbi David Saperstein talking about why the group is making reform a priority this summer.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.