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Black clergy vow commitment to Obamacare, despite disaster rollout

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Despite the debilitating website glitches surrounding the Obamacare rollout, a team of black preachers has sent a letter to President Obama vowing their "commitment to the Affordable Care Act."

Fourteen black preachers, all of whom lead major clerical or civic organizations, signed a three-page statement, complete with supporting scriptures, that quality health care "is a fundamental civil and human right," the North Dallas Gazette reported.

"Historically, over seven million African-Americans have been uninsured and denied access to care with devastating consequences," the letter said. "The Affordable Care Act provides African-Americans, along with Americans of all nationalities, access to desperately needed quality health care. We affirm our support for the Affordable Care Act. We understand that over time aspects of the Act will be revised as government learns more and to-be-expected administrative glitches will be appropriately addressed but it is essential that we work aggressively with what we have right now. We cannot afford to put this off any longer. Any further delay will have catastrophic effects on the nation's uninsured."

The president has expressed dissatisfaction with the rollout of his health care law.

"I think it's fair to say that nobody is more frustrated by that than I am — precisely because the product is good," he said Monday.

Still, the preachers vowed their undying support for the new law.

"We, leaders of predominantly African American denominations and other faith leaders, who lead millions of African American people of faith, believe that our devotion to God requires us to be actively involved in promoting the well-being of all people," states the letter, according to the Gazette. "… We call on all others of like minds and empathetic hearts to join in this public affirmation by affixing your names to this historic document."

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