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Theological Statement on Health Care. Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders Health Care Task Force. Armenian Orthodox. Episcopal. Anabaptist. Roman Catholic. Hebrew Union College. Board of Rabbis. Disciples of Christ. Methodist. Presbyterian.

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Theological statement on health care

Theological Statement on Health Care

Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders

Health Care Task Force


Los angeles council of religious leaders

Armenian Orthodox

Episcopal

Anabaptist

Roman Catholic

Hebrew Union College

Board of Rabbis

Disciples of Christ

Methodist

Presbyterian

Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders


The task force consensus
The task force consensus

  • We must be better stewards of our resources

  • Disparities raise justice issues

  • Our religious traditions call us to speak out


Crisis what crisis
“Crisis? What crisis?”

  • The latest technology

  • The best trained doctors

  • First-rate services

  • (…for covered individuals)


Yes there is a crisis
“Yes. There is a crisis!”

  • We spend more than any other nation

  • Many people are underinsured

  • Many more are completely uninsured


And others are just one step away
…and others are just one step away

  • A catastrophic illness

  • …or an accident

  • …or disability

  • …or job loss

  • …or natural disaster


Joe a young adult

After graduation, Joe stayed in his college town and got a job at a local skateboard shop – but no benefits. He was without medical coverage when he had his skateboarding accident.

Joe – a young adult


Ellen a single mom

After the divorce, Ellen lost coverage for herself and her baby. The “well-child care” that is so important is not free for the uninsured… let alone if something serious happens to Ellen or Marcus.

Ellen – a single mom


Domingo a farm worker

Domingo has worked in the fields of California for 34 years. He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.

Domingo – a farm worker


Our system is wasteful of resources
Our system is wasteful of resources He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.

  • Administrative costs can be up to 30%

  • Drugs are expensive and overused

  • Medical technology is not evenly distributed

  • Preventive care is not promoted

  • Emergency rooms are used for primary care


Our system is wasteful of resources1
Our system is wasteful of resources He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.

  • Administrative costs can be up to 30%

  • Drugs are expensive and overused

  • Medical technology is not evenly distributed

  • Preventive care is not promoted

  • Emergency rooms are used for primary care


It s a vicious cycle

Rising costs He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.

Uncompensated care

Providers charge more

Insurers charge more

Employers shift costs or drop coverage

It’s a vicious cycle

  • Uncompensated care costs more

  • Government reimbursement is flator declining

  • More people become uninsured

  • Providers refuse Medicare/Medicaid patients


But just how big is the problem
But just how big is the problem? He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.

  • 40 million uninsured

  • Too little care too late

  • Unpaid medical bills

  • Uninsured in working families

  • Significant inefficiencies


Our system is broken and needs reform
Our system is broken and needs reform He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.

“Who is my neighbor?”

Luke 10:29


As people of faith we believe
As people of faith we believe… He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.

  • All creation is sacred

  • All are called to love and compassion

  • Each is responsible for the stewardship of life


All creation is sacred
All creation is sacred He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.

God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27


We are called to love and compassion
We are called to love and compassion He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.

Justice, and only justice you shall pursue.

Deuteronomy 16:20


We are called to be good stewards
We are called to be good stewards He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.

Fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion…over every living thing.

Genesis 1:28


So we are called to action
So, we are called to action He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.

  • Universal access to appropriate health care

  • Responsible stewardship of health care resources


The religious conscience demands
The religious conscience demands He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.

  • Justice

  • Stewardship

  • Safeguards


What can you do
What can you do? He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.

  • Advocate

  • Educate

  • Prioritize

  • Participate


Advocacy opportunities
Advocacy—opportunities He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.

  • Support health care justice resolutions

  • Work with like-minded congregations

  • Bring the voice of faith into the public dialog

    • Participate in public forums

    • Visit your Congressional Rep

    • Invite your Congressional Rep to visit you


Education a success story
Education—a success story He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.


Priorities practice what you preach
Priorities—practice what you preach He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.


Participation resources
Participation—resources He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.

www.uhcan.org www.faithfulreform.org


Health care reform
Health care reform He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.

What will you do?


Questions and answers
Questions and answers He has raised his children and paid his taxes and been a good member of the community. But he has never had health care coverage.


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