Obama asks church help to debunk health-care 'lies'

An unusual appeal
Facing incendiary charges that health-care reform would result in government financing of abortion and euthanasia, President Obama has made an unusual appeal to religious groups to help sell the plan and debunk critics’ “false witness.”

“I’m going to need the help of all of you,” Obama told an August 19 conference call and live webcast that attracted an estimated 140,000 people. “I need you to knock on doors, talk to your neighbors. I need you to spread the facts and speak the truth.”

The “40 Minutes for Health Reform” call, organized by the Washington-based group Faith in Public Life and supported by 32 religious organizations, was part of a campaign to get clergy and congregants actively involved in promoting health-care reform.

The president used the call to decry what he called “misinformation” and “divisive and deceptive attacks” in the ongoing debate. “There are some folks out there who are, frankly, bearing false witness,” he said.

 

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