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Political Advocacy Tracker is a roundup of what Christian activist organizations have been talking about over the last week.

Bipartisan Brawl

The President and congressional leaders met Thursday for a "bipartisan" health care summit. Democrats said reform could not wait any longer; Republicans wanted to start over and move incrementally. Political advocacy groups jumped into the fray, often echoing partisan talking points.

Sojourners and Evangelicals for Social Action joined other religious groups in sending an open letter to President Obama. The letter was included in an advertisement in the Washington political newspaper The Hill.

"As people of faith, we envision a society where every person is afforded health, wholeness and human dignity. … Let us not delay health care justice any longer," admonished the signatories.

Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, repeated the call for action on his God's Politics blog. "Inaction on health care is not an option; too many lives depend on it," said Wallis.

"People of faith won't give up, and they're going to keep galvanizing around the urgent need for reform that makes quality healthcare accessible and affordable for all American families," added Dan Nejfelt of Faith in Public Life. "There's too much at stake to let this opportunity slip away."

Other advocacy groups sided with the Republican call to scrap Obama's plan and begin anew.

"It's time to start over and adhere to time-tested American convictions: The Constitution matters, market-based changes work, big government is dangerous and inefficient—and the bedrock belief in the right to life is something that must never be bartered away," said Rob Schwarzwalder of the Family Research Council (FRC) in an article in Roll Call. ...

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