The National Association of Evangelicals Opposed the Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill


Leith Anderson is the president of the National Association of Evangelicals

Today the Senate decided that it would not vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care plan. But is worth noting that one of the opponents of the bill was the National Association of Evangelicals.  Jack Jenkins of Think Progress reports:

According to a list of statements distributed on Monday afternoon by faith-based anti-hunger group Bread for the World, the NAE—the nation’s flagship evangelical organization which claims to represent around 45,000 local churches and “millions” of individual worshippers—spoke out against the latest effort to repeal Obamacare.

Although some self-identified evangelicals have opposed the bill, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) has remained largely silent on the GOP’s campaign to end Obamacare. But the group broke its silence to criticize how Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) are urging their fellow Republicans to rush the bill through Congress without appropriate vetting.

“Despite its impressive achievements, our health care system often fails to deliver affordable, life-saving help to many of our citizens,” NAE president Leith Anderson said in a statement. “Reforms are needed, but they should be carefully studied and not rushed through Congress without expert analysis and thorough debate on the inevitable trade-offs inherent in any reform. Above all, any policy and funding changes should be evaluated by how they treat the most vulnerable among us.”

Read the entire piece here.