D.C. area Islamic groups met on Capitol Hill Tuesday to push their lawmakers to pass health care reform that will help newcomers to the U.S.
At a policy get-together, members of several Islamic groups suggested Congress take an inter-faith approach, one that is based on moral principles, when considering health care legislation. The group members realize their hopes for a single payer system are dashed, and the prospects for a government insurance plan continues to dwindle.
Khalique Zahir is a physician at I-nova Fairfax Hospital.
"In this particular area it tends to be a little more affluent than the northern Virginia area and southern Maryland area which has a lot of educated Muslims," says Zahir. "Fortunately they are all usually the kind of people insured. A larger percent of the people who are refugees who have sought political exile in the country and are now American citizens are uninsured."
Zahir said a public option is needed to cover the nation's 1.5 million Muslims who are insured. He said a lot of Muslims traditionally follow religious teachings and opt for local care or herbal medicine that doesn't cure serious illnesses.
Sara Sciammacco reports...