That the 218th General Assembly (2008)
Advocate for, educate about, and work toward] [Endorse in principle the provision of] single-payer universal health care reform [in which health care services are privately provided and publicly financed.] [ through national health insurance that is privately provided (improved Medicare for all in principle) and publicly financed.]
2. Direct the General Assembly Council[, through appropriate offices including the National Health Ministries, the Washington Office, and the Presbyterian Health, Education, and Welfare Association (PHEWA),] to [
actively] [advocate for, educate about, and otherwise] pursue the goal of obtaining legislation that enacts single-payer, universal national health insurance as the program that best responds to the moral imperative of the gospel; [ and that the General Assembly Council monitor] [monitoring] progress toward this goal [ without regard to political party] and [ report] [reporting] back to the [ church on an annual basis] [next two General Assemblies (2010 and 2012)].
3. Direct the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly to send a copy of this resolution to the appropriate committee chairs of the U.S. Congress and to the Washington and United Nations offices of the PC(USA).
4. Direct that $25,000 from the Mission budget of the PC(USA) be sent to the PACT Network of PHEWA for the purpose of holding ten regional, one-day seminars supporting single payer universal healthcare reform, moneys to be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
The General Assembly also adopted the paper, "Comfort My People: A Policy Statement on Serious Mental Illness” with a wide range of recommendations for advocacy, support, education and hospitality for those suffering from serious mental illness and their families.
The General Assembly voted to pursue a study on HIV/AIDS:
Final Text:Read more about how the General Assembly responded to health issues at the Presbyterian News Service.
That the 218th General Assembly (2008), recognizing that the HIV and AIDS pandemic is a critical matter of our faith and God’s justice, overtures the 218th General Assembly (2008) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to address the HIV and AIDS pandemic by directing the [
General Assembly Council (GAC), in consultation with] Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP), [ appropriate PC(USA)] [in consultation with appropriate General Assembly Council] staff, [PC(USA)] networks, and church partners, to develop and fully fund a comprehensive [study on] HIV and AIDS [ policy] for the PC(USA), recommending compassionate action and giving prophetic witness regarding issues related to people living with HIV and AIDS in the U.S.A. and around the world, and report [ that policy] to the 219th General Assembly (2010).