Faith Groups Grapple With Role In Reform

August 20, 2009

Author: Robert King

Source: The Indianapolis Star

The Rev. John Hay Jr. reads the parable of the Good Samaritan -- who bandaged the wounds of an injured stranger and paid to have him cared for -- and sees a biblical basis for supporting universal health care, even if it means a greater government role.

Curt Smith reads the same passage and sees an example of someone who helped his fellow man without asking for the government's help in doing it. "Notice in the story of the Good Samaritan," he said, "the guy used his own money."

As the push for health-care reform enters a critical stage, faith leaders in Indianapolis and across the country generally agree that something must be done to help those who can't afford care. But, as in Congress, people of faith are struggling to come up with a clear way to get the job done.