Governor’s Healthy Utah plan has support of Catholic bishop

by Marjorie Cortez  |  published on February 23, 2015

Access to health care “is imperative to protect human life and dignity,” Bishop John C. Wester of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake said in a statement issued Saturday afternoon.

The statement comes as the Utah Legislature continues to consider the respective merits of Gov. Gary Herbert’s alternative to Medicaid expansion called Healthy Utah, a Senate alternative limited to the medically frail now called Utah Care or taking no action this session.

“Each plan has its own merits and costs. Consistent with Catholic teaching, the critical elements of these bills ensure that the needs of the poor are prioritized, that the dignity of work is promoted, and that we protect the sanctity of life. For these reasons, I choose to support the Healthy Utah plan,” Wester’s statement said.

Wester acknowledges in the statement that people of good will may disagree to support his decision to support Healthy Utah.

But he called on Utah Catholics to study the issue and get involved in the political process.

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