Disciples News Service

Disciple leaders comment on Supreme Court decision on Affordable Health Care

Religious leaders from across faith traditions voiced support of the Supreme Court decision today on the Affordable Care Act. Leaders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are among those supporting the decision.

General Minister and President Sharon Watkins said, “As a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world, Disciples of Christ pray for and work for the health and well-being of all God’s children. Jesus’ witness was that abundant life includes physical, mental and spiritual wellness. I welcome decisions that help all of us make progress in this direction, including today’s Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

“Jesus’ ministry was one of healing, bringing life to the dying, sight to the blind, wellness to the sick, and peace to the troubled. The call upon us is to make this vision a reality for all.”

“For over a decade, the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has affirmed the goal of affordable, quality health care for all,” said Dr. Laird Thomason, Minister of Health and Wholeness at the Disciples Center for Public Witness.  “Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court allows all of us, as active citizens and as committed people of faith, to continue making progress towards this basic human right.”

Disciples have been and are still involved in this movement at many levels. The Rev. Linda Walling organized and led a group of diverse religious leaders and faith based organizations in the Faithful Reform in Health Care group. She received an award from the White House in early spring for her work on health care issues.

Full release from the Faithful Reform in Health Care and the Washington Interreligious Staff Community Health Care Working Group