Healthcare

“The Savior never neglected someone in need, and neither should we. The new healthcare law allows us to reach out to our brethren, ensure the health of all of our children, and provide a future free from worry of medical bankruptcy, or illness that could have been stopped but wasn’t due to finances. It is our responsibility to nurture and attend to those in need. This law takes us one step closer to that goal.” - Elizabeth R. from Salt Lake City, UT

“My belief in Democratic principles actually started on my LDS mission. Living in
Sweden made me realize that America was falling behind many key factors that I care
about–especially healthcare, education, and income inequality.” – Aaron N. from Ogden, UT

“We need a real and viable health care program for our state.” – Justin C. from Clearfield, UT

“For me, having good health is crucial for exercising agency. When we’re able to take care of our bodies, we’re able to do more, and more good. All Americans need access to basic preventative healthcare, to a doctor who can help them when they get sick, and and to cost-effective treatment for chronic health problems. The Democratic Party, through Obamacare, has made this patient-centered healthcare a priority, and soon, a reality for all of us, and they did this in a way that fosters competition between providers while guaranteeing basic standards of care. This emphasis on helping people take personal responsibility for their health and the health of their family so they can have a better life and, in turn, use their agency to make the world a better place–that’s the #1 reason I am a Democrat.” - Rob T. from Gainsville, FL

“Health Care – A moral right. We are supportive of Obamacare. Capitalism fixes 90% of inefficiencies and drives innovation except with Health care where the greatest benefit for shareholders is the quantity, not the quality of care.  Our country’s health care costs double single payer systems from countries across the world as a percentage of GDP.  Health care is the single greatest driver of our nations debt and future deficits.” – Courtesy of mormondems.com

“The Affordable Care Act works to compassionately ensure that all families have access to affordable healthcare. As a member of the LDS faith I am proud to live in a country that strives so valiantly to take care of all its people. (Matthew 25:40)” - Andrew R. from Salt Lake City, UT

“As an LDS Democrat I support the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Here are my reasons:
1.      It is the law of the land, duly passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court. As such I think Utah should participate. There is “no need to break the law of the land” (D&C 58:21).
2.      People need access to healthcare, even if they are poor. Healthcare is expensive, so if we can help millions of people get care we should. I believe in helping people who are in need.
Some people say it will be too expensive. Congress doesn’t think so. It is yet to be seen. Let’s make sure we do all we can to help as many people possible in a fiscally responsible way.
Some people say it takes away agency by “forcing” people to pay more taxes. Our government is representative. When you are out voted it may feel that you are being forced to do something you don’t want to do. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt that way. But, “[I] believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.” (12th Article of Faith) Thankfully, we have civil means whereby we can challenge, and even change, laws. If we can’t do that we have the freedom to leave, not as states, but as individuals. Let’s consider everyone’s point of view and improve the ACA to address our concerns.
One thing I think should be changed is obliging people to adhere to the law by going against their religion. I think we can make sufficient changes so religious-sponsored health institutions are comfortable participating in this new way of doing things.” - Josh H. Provo, UT