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Religious Groups Weigh In On Both Sides Of Healthcare Repeal

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As the House of Representatives prepares to vote on a law that would repeal last year's landmark health care legislation, faith groups in America have continued to weigh in on both sides of the debate.

The organization Faith in Public Life published a report on Tuesday, which summarized the efforts of people of faith to express their support for the health care law.

Nearly 10,000 Americans of faith have signed petitions from PICO National Network and Faithful America to Members of Congress opposing repeal efforts and urging productive, bipartisan cooperation to make sure health reform legislation works for all American families.

The report also outlined extensive efforts by clergy leaders across multiple denominations and in cities across the country to educate their congregants on the benefits of the new health care law.

Catholics United, a "non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the message of justice and the common good found at the heart of the Catholic Social Tradition", also put out a press release concerning their efforts to sway the votes of representatives in key Midwestern districts.

"Make no mistake about it, repeal of health care reform will be a huge blow for those already receiving benefits under the act," said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United. "We want our leaders in Washington to know that repealing this law brings real and serious consequences for everyday Americans."

Some conservative religious groups have also taken the repeal vote as an opportunity to re-air some of their grievances from the original debate over health care reform. The conservative Christian group Family Research Council reiterated the false premises that the health care law funds abortion and includes provisions to ration health care. They asked voters to contact their representatives "to let them know that you oppose your tax dollars being used to pay for abortion and that Obamacare must be repealed."

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