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Faith-Based Investors Press Dozens of Top Companies to Say If U.S. Chamber of Commerce Speaks for Them in Opposing Health Care Reform
Date:11/10/2009

pro-reform groups. But at the same time they support the Chamber through paying membership fees and serving in leadership positions with the Chamber. This is a contradiction. So we are asking the businesses with whom we are in contact to distance themselves from the Chamber's position on this issue. We would hope that these members will steer the Chamber toward playing a more helpful role on this issue which is so critical to our country and its future economy. We need to move our country away from a disjointed, expensive health care system and toward a sustainable, fair, and efficient system that serves everyone."

The letter to the leading U.S. companies reads, in part, as follows:

"Does the U.S. Chamber of Commerce speak for [your corporation] when it opposes healthcare reform? As members of the faith community and concerned investors we have been troubled by the efforts of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to undermine efforts to curb global warming. We are equally concerned that the same tactics seem evident in the Chamber's attempts to undermine efforts to bring about a just health care system available to all citizens. Given the position that the Company has taken in endorsing core precepts for healthcare reform, we are asking you in this letter to communicate in a clear public voice whether or not the Chamber has your 'proxy' when it comes to healthcare reform policy."

The letter to the companies continues:

"As shareholders in major companies threatened by a broken health care system, we are united in our view that that the status quo in health care is unsustainable. It has runaway cost increases, presents great risk for employers as well as employees and leaves millions uninsured ... Given the current campaign of the Chamber of Commerce, we ask you to provide answers to these questions: (1) Does the Company agree with the Chamber's campaign in opposition to health care reform? (2) Will the Company publicl
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SOURCE Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), New York City and Washington, D.C.
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