Christians for Health Care Reform Gather in D.C.

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WASHINGTON -- There has been a lot of concern from conservative Christians against the current health care plans unfolding in Washington.

But some liberal-leaning religious groups say they're praying that the political bickering won't jeopardize efforts to get coverage to the uninsured.
 
Prayers rang out before the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, as Christians for health care reform continued to saturate Capitol Hill this week.

The group is making 20,000 calls to congressmen and paying visits to more than 100. Their goal -- health care Americans can afford.

"Making quality affordable health care available for all families is a moral imperative," said Rev. Cory Sparks of Faith Community United Methodist Church.

Sherita Pierce Milton came in from New Orleans, La. High insurance co-payments forced her daughter out of her home after she was diagnosed with Crohn's disease.

"[Having] $840 a month in medical bills and deductibles ... is not right," Milton said.

Milton is a constituent of Rep. Joseph Cao, R-La. He encourages reform, but if not done responsibly, Cao says it will have unintended consequences.

"People will be up in arms, for instance, if we have to pay seven, eight, $9.00 for a gallon of milk because the value of the dollar went spiraling out of control because of increase in deficit," Cao said.

After a month dominated by scenes at town hall meetings across the nation, the coalition is working to refocus the debate on those they say need health care most.

Now, they hope to go home and continue organizing support, in hopes Congress passes reform this fall.

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