Health Care is a Basic Human Right
The General Secretary's statement on Congressional Efforts to rollback health care
by Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe on March 07, 2017
“From our earliest days United Methodists have believed that providing health care to others is an important duty of Christians” (Book of Resolutions, #3201 Health Care for All in the United States).
Communities of faith have prayed, rallied and advocated for health care for all people for decades. A few years ago, we got one step closer through the passage of the Affordable Care Act. While not perfect, it expanded health care to millions of people in the United States.
Members of Congress have now released a bill that not only rolls back the progress made by the Affordable Care Act, but also dismantles the historic protections in Medicaid. Medicaid is a vital, decades-old program that provides health care to working class people, low-income families, pregnant women, people with disabilities and those who need long-term care.
We must not allow our leaders to take away affordable and accessible health care from the communities who need it to live and live abundantly.
This bill has been promoted as a “fix” to the health care system in the United States but will do nothing to improve access and affordability. Instead, it will harm many in the congregations and communities in which we live and serve. People will die because of efforts like this to roll back health care.
The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church state, “Health care is a basic human right” (Social Principles ¶162.V). Each person deserves health care regardless of our religion, social standing or ability to pay.
I will be calling my members of Congress to urge them to vote no on the bill, and I encourage United Methodists in the United States to join me in advocating for a health care system that leaves no person behind.
<p>CHURCH & SOCIETY
HEALTH & WHOLENESS
HEALTH CARE TALKING POINTS KEY MESSAGE: Affordable Access for All
We want a society where all people have quality, affordable health care.
Health Care Is a Basic Human Right.
I am a member of The United Methodist Church. As a denomination, we have said that health care is
a basic human right. That means that each of us deserve health care regardless of our religion, social
standing or ability to pay.
Health Care Is Part of the Abundant Life.
God desires for humanity to thrive and be well. Jesus said, “I came that you might have life, and have it
abundantly.” Denying health care to anyone in our country is counter to God’s vision for us. The United
Methodist Church has encouraged hospitals, doctors and other health care practitioners to provide
health care to all people regardless of their health care coverage or ability to pay.
The Health of Our Communities Is a Shared Responsibility.
Because of my faith, I believe the health of our communities cannot be neglected. Along with my
denomination, The United Methodist Church, I believe this is a responsibility each of us owes to others,
and that the government owes to all of us. The health care of 30 million people is at stake. Families
that struggle to get by are counting on you to ensure that any replacement plan put forth assures them
affordable and high-quality coverage. You cannot fail them.
KEY MESSAGE: Quality Health Care
We demand health care that maintains health, prevents disease, and restores health after injury
Emergency Care Is Not Enough.
Going to the emergency room is not really health care. True health care is not just treating acute
illnesses and injuries. True health care seeks to maintain good health, prevents disease, and restores
health after an injury or illness. That is our mandate.
Health Care Must Include Preventative Services.
We call for health care that provides critical health services, including access to life-saving medicines