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Health Care

Along with food, water and shelter, access to health care is a basic human right. The church considers healing a central ministry and has long fought for quality, affordable and life-affirming care, especially for the poor. For decades, the American bishops have been at the forefront of the call for genuine, life-affirming reform to the nation’s health care system.

The bishops maintain an active interest and a strong voice in the country’s ever-changing policies connected to health care. Many are intricately connected to the issues of dignity and life.

Find the document, A Framework for Comprehensive Healthcare Reform at

Questions about health care to ponder as you consider a candidate:

• Does the candidate support increased access to affordable health care for low- and moderate-income individuals and families?

• Does the candidate respect human life, human dignity, and religious freedom in the health care system?