The Gospel of Reform: The Social Gospel and Health Care Reform Attitudes

Eric L. McDaniel, Kenneth M. Miller
  • Politics and Religion, March 2018, Cambridge University Press
  • DOI: 10.1017/s1755048317000797

Religion and Health Care Reform

What is it about?

This article examines how certain religious beliefs shaped attitudes towards the 2008 health care reform debate. The article finds that those who identify with the Social Gospel are more supportive of expanding the social safety net and the Affordable Care Act. The article also finds that politicians can benefit from using religious language in attempting to expand the American social safety net.

Why is it important?

This work provides an understanding of how the religious left understands their religious responsibilities and how political leaders have been able to mobilize them to support their goals. It also advances our understanding of complexity of religious beliefs and thought.


Eric McDaniel (Author)
University of Texas at Austin

This article provides an opportunity for the public to better understand the nuance of religion and its connection to politics. Further, it provides a different perspective about how the debate over health care reform took place.

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