Perkins Still Opposes Obama Plan, but Concedes Health Care System Woes
By Jacqueline L. Salmon
Words you never thought you'd hear from Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Christian group, Family Research Council Action: "There are problems with the health care system in America. We have a good product...but the bottom line is that we need to make sure that every American has access to affordable health care."
If it sounds like he's joining forces with Obama to push for health-care reform, it ain't so, of course. This afternoon, FRC Action, the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council, unveiled the second ad of its $500,000 campaign against health-care reform that it will be running in five states--Arkansas, Nebraska, Louisiana, Alaska and Pennsylvania. They are states with strongly conservative populations and moderate Congressional representatives -- such as Alaskan Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski. (The rest are Democrats).
You no doubt know what FRC Action's main beefs are: abortion and rationing. It also maintains that putting government further into health-care provision could potentially violate the rights of health-care workers, forcing them to perform health services that violate their consciences.
Perkins also doesn't think much of nonprofit health-care insurance cooperatives, which have been much talked about in recent days. "It's really a public option by another name."
Jacqueline L. Salmon
August 19, 2009; 4:08 PM ET
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