Church Statement

Church Encourages Principled Approach to Health Care Coverage for Needy Utahns

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement after Thursday’s press conference announcing Governor Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan:

"We recognize that providing adequate health care to individuals and families throughout Utah is a complex and weighty matter. It deserves the best thinking and efforts from both the public and the private sectors.

"While the economic and political realities are being debated, we hope the discussion and decisions taken in this matter will be consistent with the God-given principles regarding care for the poor and the needy that in the end benefit all of His children. We reaffirm the importance for individuals and families to be as self-sufficient as their particular circumstances allow and recognize that the lack of access to health care can impair a person's ability to provide for self and family.

"We commend public officials for their efforts to grapple with these difficult issues and pray for their success in finding solutions that reflect the highest aspirations of society."

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