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Health Care Is a Moral and Religious Issue
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Yes, the rollout has been a complete mess. How proponents of such a contentious program can be so unprepared for folks to actually use it is mind-boggling. But while we’re preoccupied with the Capitol Hill fig ...

Supreme Court Poised to Turn Right in 2013 Term
Originally Posted: 10/04/2013 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

The justices, whose term begins Monday, could rule against racial minorities in two cases and abortion rights in one or two others. They also could uphold prayers at government meetings, ease restrictions on w ...

Medicare Part D: Another Year, Another Huge Price Increase
Originally Posted: 09/26/2013 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

The idea of insuring seniors' drugs was good. The resulting law, which specifically forbids the federal government from negotiating prices with pharmaceutical companies, was insane. ...

How To Make Childbirth Safer (Not By Spending More Money)
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

The more inequality in a country's distribution of family income, the more mothers and babies die in childbirth. "American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World&quo ...

10 POLITICAL Things You Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn't worry much about stepping on political toes, and the Bible insists that governments be just toward the least of these (the books of the prophets alone make this point very clear). ...

10 Things You Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

Lots of people claim to be “following Jesus” and then they do stuff like this. Sure, people who follow Jesus do these things all the time, but you can't say you are doing them because you are trying to fo ...

Review: 'Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father — And How We Can Fix It'
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

I was so ready to read a book that would solve America's health-care crisis. This week the company my husband works for unveiled the health-insurance plans available to us b ...

Living with Big Pharma
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. You should expect some side effects. AS WE MOVE along in 2013, more initiatives will be coming ...

Baby Boomer Nuns Help Revolutionize Health Care
Originally Posted: 01/02/2013 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Since Vatican II American Nuns have worked to fill in the gaps of the American health care system. A new documentary chronicles how these nuns changed the Catholic Church's social justice movement. ...

Our Fiscal Soul and the Arithmetic of Protecting the Poor
Originally Posted: 12/06/2012 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

The discussion we are having about “the fiscal cliff” is really a debate about our fiscal soul. What kind of nation do we want to be? The discussion we are having about “the fisca ...

Ethiopia: How Foreign Aid Has Helped a Generation
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 6:41pm | Type: Blog

LALIBELA, Ethiopia -- You know the images you have in your mind of Ethiopia from 27 years ago? The ones from the nightly news reports on TV about the famine in the Horn of Africa as the death toll mounted and ...

Obamacare and Why Churches Don’t Need to Be Political Mono-Cultures
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

Reality is that the decision divided America once again and the sides divided turned on each other in vicious and sometimes alarming ways. House for All Sinners and Saints, the co ...

Illinois Bill Allows for Free Hospital Care for State's Poorest
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

CBS  reported yesterday: Illinois hospitals would be required to provide free surgeries and other inpatient care to many uninsured poor people under a bill the Legislature passed Tuesday, a mandate already on the books in eight other states. ...

Mother's Week: Standing Up for Fairness
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

My family has health insurance in part because we have been given advantages due to racial identity, family networking, and being part of the 1 percent. All of these things have worked specifically in my favor ...

How Soon Can We Come Up with a Healthcare Plan that Makes Sense?
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Maybe the Affordable Care Act is constitutional and maybe it's not. If it turns out to be constitutional, maybe it's good legislation and maybe it's not. In any case, it's looking increasin ...

SCOTUS: Voices form the Healthcare Debate
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

People lined the steps of the Supreme Court once again today, asking for their voices to be heard on the ongoing healthcare debate. People lined the steps of the Supreme Court onc ...

Supply and Demand?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 2:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Beachey Regarding Elizabeth Palmberg's article on healthcare costs ("Sky High and Rising," June 2011): I've bee ...

Economic Crisis or Nonviolent Opportunity? Gandhi's Answer to Financial Collapse
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

On Monday the Dow Jones industrial average fell 634.76 points; the sixth-worst point decline for the Dow in the last 112 years and the worst drop since December 2008. On Monda ...

Let Us Be Clear: The Debt Ceiling Crisis is Purely Artificial
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

We have come to an impasse in the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling because of several conceptual errors in our public discourse. We have come to an impasse in the negotiatio ...

A Democratic Egypt: Worker Justice and Civilian Rule
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

After months of good-faith reforms and patience, the drama is back in Egypt's Tahrir Square as protesters are preparing for a potential showdown with the state's military rule. ...

We Won't Self-Examine, McDonald's Tells Nuns
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

Two weeks ago, McDonald's shareholders voted down a shareholder resolution asking the corporation to study how its advertising to children contributes to widespread childhood obesity. ...

Oh Lord, Won't You Make Me Rich So I Can Pay More Taxes!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The gospel according to the movie <em>True Grit</em> (2010) is as follows: "You must pay for everything in this world one way or another. The gospel according to ...

In the Midst of Fasting, I am so Grateful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On day three of my prayer fast, I woke up with the hymn, "I Am So Grateful," which the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ Children's Choir sang beautifully yesterday, running throug ...

Rethinking Our Approach to Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It is time for those of us who have been advocating for comprehensive immigration reform to rethink our strategies. It is time for those of us who have been advocating for compreh ...

Wall Street's Plastic -- and Poison -- Ivy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

If corporate fronts designed to look like grassroots efforts are known as <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/10/who-lit-the-fire-under-the-right-wing-populists-against-healthcare-reform/" targe ...

Why It Makes Jesus Cry When UnitedHealthcare Screws People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This week UnitedHealthcare told a stroke victim that her health insurance with them does not include the rehabilitation necessary for her to walk, eat, or speak again.</p> T ...

Nonviolence is More Powerful Than Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the midst of the American discussions of violence and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/civility/" target="_blank">civility</a> in public discourse following the tragic shoot ...

Entitlement Hypocrisy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

You might think that those who spent their campaigns telling their constituents that they would work to appeal "Obamacare" -- just another government entitlement -- would either think that <a hre ...

Give 60 Seconds of Prayer for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is the time it takes to say the Lord's Prayer three times. Sixty seconds. One minute. On September 21, 2010, U.N. It is the time it takes to say the Lord's Prayer thr ...

The Summer of Our Discontent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Remember January 2009? That month, the country witnessed the historic inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America. Remember January ...

The Immoral Impediments to Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One day I'd love to understand why conservatives seem so good at public relations, while liberals, at ridicule. One day I'd love to understand why conservatives seem so ...

Glenn Beck, Wrong Again
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Once again, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">Glenn Beck</a> has waded into theological waters beyond his depth. Once again, Glenn Beck has ...

Health Care and a New Imagination
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

About 25 years ago, the pastor of a relatively poor congregation had an accident and racked up a huge medical bill in the hospital. About 25 years ago, the pastor of a relatively ...

Health Care: Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

So my son came home from kindergarten on Friday all ravenous and hungry like he always is. No snacks in school so he is always a raving lunatic looking for a cookie after school. ...

This One's for Isaiah
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I get asked often how I can stay in the crazy business of trying to change and shape public policy. I get asked often how I can stay in the crazy business of trying to change and ...

Healing the Nation's Soul with Mutual Respect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The health-care struggle culminating in Sunday's vote brought out the best and the worst of legislators' and citizens' behavior. The health-care struggle culminatin ...

America's Health Care: Paying More for Poorer Outcomes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694013928_MMBJm"></a>Soon, they tell us, Congress will or will not pass a health-care bi ...

Obama's Attempt at a Bipartisan Health-Care Summit
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694000869_TQx7a"></a>President Obama has scheduled a bipartisan meeting on health-care r ...

Now is the Time for Congressional Courage on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The people of Massachusetts already have near universal health care. Too many of the rest of us do not. The people of Massachusetts already have near universal health care. Too ...

50 Years of Inflated Expectations
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>Over my working life, I have seen investments inflate. I have also seen prices infl ...

My Hometown Makes the Front Page of The Washington Post
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>At a recent holiday party, I tried to describe my hometown of Warren, Ohio.</p&g ...

America's Pervasive Pattern of Race-Based Medical Disparities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating African-Americans and other marginalized groups. Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating Afri ...

Health Care: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>The following is a memo Jim Wallis has provided to leaders throughout the nation concerning the ongoing issue of abortion within the health care reform debate and the need to find common ground ...

Video: Sen. Lindsey Graham Calls out Conservative Fringe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Sen. Lindsey Graham demonstrated recently what soulful leadership looks like in the Republican Party. Sen. Lindsey Graham demonstrated recently what soulful leadership looks like ...

Health Care: Human Right, Civil Right, Privilege, or Market Commodity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

What is health care?</p> What is health care? Is it a human right, civil right, privilege or market commodity? Is it a public good, moral obligation, government obligat ...

Health Care, Race, and the Role of Government
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was recently talking with a European-American friend of mine who is also an evangelical. I am African-American and evangelical. I was recently talking with a European-American f ...

Health Care: Where Do We Go from Here?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim Wallis, Harry R. Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim ...

Glenn Beck and My Granddaughter
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sojourners received this letter in response to our action alert last week calling for <a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/healthcare_beck/?source=act_0909_beck_bc">your letters and pr ...

Pray for Glenn Beck
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/healthcare_beck/?source=act_0909_beck_bc"></a><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/healthcare_beck/?source=act_0909_beck_bc"> ...

Government-Run Health Plans and the 'American Way of Life'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Tea-totaling party animals are crying the mantra of the Ghosts of Conservatives-past, "Blankety blank blank will change our American way of life!" Now all the president's men and women -- especi ...