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The Heart in Health Care Reform
A project to help people of faith move beyond cable news interpretations of health care reform to intentional reflection and conversation based on the faith-inspired values that give meaning to the lives we share together.
Throughout the process to enact health care reform in the United States, the Faithful Reform in Health Care coalition consistently elevated a moral vision for our health care future. As we move through the implementation and regulatory process, we continue to measure progress against "A Faith-Inspired Vision of Health Care" (see below). Coalition members will elevate the compassionate realities of reform, and identify where injustice in health care continues to diminish the common good.
Resources will be developed and posted on this website, including analysis, talking points, PowerPoints, adult study outlines, and more. Check back regularly for new resources and updates!
A Moral Vision for Our Health Care Future:
Reflections on "A Faith-Inspired Vision of Health Care" and Health Care Reform
Download 6-page PDF document
NEW! Faith Values and Responsibility in Health Care Reform
Reflections to move the discussion about "mandates" to dialogue about "shared responsibility"
The Impact of Health Care Reform on Communities of Faith and Their Leaders
Download PDF (updated April 21, 2010)
"A Faith-Inspired Vision of Health Care"
"A Faith-Inspired Vision of Health Care" served as the foundation for dialogue among people of faith throughout our nation's effort to make health care reform a reality. Developed by the Faithful Reform in Health Care coalition, it was delivered to President Obama and Members of Congress on several occasions with the names of hundreds of organizations and thousands of individual signatures representing every state. This Vision Statement will continue to guide faith community engagement in future efforts around federal and state health care reform. View the cover letter, the Vision Statement, and the list of signers.
Vision ~ Inclusive: Health care is a shared responsibility that is grounded in our common humanity. In the bonds of our human family, we are created to be equal. We are guided by a divine will to treat each person with dignity and to live together as an inclusive community. Affirming our commitment to the common good, we acknowledge our enduring responsibility to care for one another. As we recognize that society is whole only when we care for the most vulnerable among us, we are led to discern the human right to health care and wholeness. Therefore, we are called to act with compassion by sharing our abundant health care resources with everyone.
Medicaid & Medicare
Principles in the Amicus Brief described above are grounded in shared scriptural values and the "Interfaith Statement of Principles: Protect Medicaid & Medicare"
Statement of Principles:
Protect Medicaid & Medicare