"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.
As people of faith, we envision a society where each person
is afforded health, wholeness, and human dignity.
That vision embraces a system of health care that is
inclusive... accessible... affordable... and accountable.
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
~ Affordable: Health care must contribute to the common good by being
affordable for individuals, families and society as a whole. We
believe that in the sacred act of creation we are endowed with the
talents, wisdom and abundant resources necessary to meet the needs of
one another, including the health care needs of all. Therefore, in our
calling to be faithful stewards, we understand our responsibility to
use our health care resources effectively, to administer them
efficiently, and to distribute them with equity.
Vision ~ Accessible: All persons should have access to health services that provide necessary care and contribute to wellness. We
believe humanity is sacred and that all persons should benefit from
those actions which contribute to our health and wholeness. Therefore,
we are called to act with justice and love, to ensure that all of us
have access to the health care we need in order to live out the
fullness of our potential both as individuals and as contributing
members of our society. We must work together to identify and overcome
all barriers to and disparities in such care.
~ Accountable: Our health care system must be accountable, offering a
quality, equitable and sustainable means of keeping us healthy as
individuals and as a community. We
believe that as spiritual and sacred vessels, we are responsible for
the care of our bodies to the best of our ability and for the care of
one another regardless of individual circumstances. Therefore,
individuals, families, governments, businesses, and the faith community
are called to work in partnership for a system that ensures
fully-informed, timely, quality and safe care that treats body, mind
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This Vision Statement was sent to Congress January 13, 2010, with nearly 200 organizational and over 4000 individual signers. View the cover letter, the Vision Statement, and the list of signers.
Note: Signatures are no longer being collected. However, all faith groups working on health care reform should feel free to use it in their local and state-based organizing. Just keep Faithful Reform in Health care in the loop about its use!