Reid says Evangelical Lutherans support government health care reform


Count the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America among supporters of health care reform that includes action by the government.

In a letter today to Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the church said members at its churchwide assembly in Minneapolis voted 799 to 126 in favor of a resolution that, "conveyed its sense of urgency that the Congress pass an acceptable health care reform bill as soon as possible." And, "thousands of people across America are losing their insurance coverage every day."

The resolution itself called for, in part, "a comprehensive approach to health care as a shared endeavor among individuals, churches, government and the wider society."

According to the letter to Reid from Larry Struve, director of advocacy for Nevada for the church, the 1,045 members at the assembly represent 65 synods, more than 10,000 congregations and more than 4.7 million church members.

Download related documents:

Letter to Sen. Harry Reid

Resolution -- part 1

Resolution -- part 2