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The LDS Dems Caucus is still waiting for expanded healthcare. Today, we request our state legislators do the right thing, right now, and bring greater access to healthcare to our most vulnerable Utahns. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and as Democrats, we support this compassionate, common-sense program, and we call on the Utah Legislature to pass it right now.
Healthy Utah will eliminate the coverage gap. Establishing Healthy Utah isn’t only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do. Healthy Utah is estimated to create an economic boon of some $874 million to our state.
We call upon the “Gang of Six” to honor the July 31st deadline set for reaching a decision, and express our disappointment in the failure of House Speaker Greg Hughes and House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan to enact Healthy Utah. Healthy Utah is supported by the vast majority of Utahns. With their inaction, the “Gang of Six” are not only violating the will of their own constituents, but they are ignoring hundreds of leaders from the civic, business, religious and medical communities.
We echo the position of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Saints that the problem of the coverage gap “deserves the best thinking and efforts from both the public and the private sectors.” We ask the “Gang of Six” to consider the devastating effects of continued delay to those without healthcare coverage.
As Mormons, we strive to live as emissaries of Christ. Providing healthcare assistance to disadvantaged families is part of our Christian duty. We believe that increased access to healthcare helps Utah families reach self-reliance. Indeed, as our own Church leaders said last December: “the lack of access to health care can impair a person's ability to provide for self and family.” Healthy Utah is exactly the prescription that Utah needs and it is already three years too late. The time to act is now.
LDS Democrats (LDS Dems) is an official caucus of the Utah Democratic Party, and part of the national organization, LDS Democrats of America. Just three years old, LDS Dems is the largest caucus inside the Utah Democratic Party with more than 4,500 members. More info at ldsdems.org.
This guest post comes from Kathryn Oviatt, an Alberta-based attorney.
June 20, 2015 marked the ten-year anniversary of marriage equality in Canada. Six days later, the U.S. Supreme Court made its historic ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, giving LGBT Americans the same marriage equality rights as their northern neighbours. Some critics of the SCOTUS decision point to Canada as a warning sign of the kinds of limits on religious freedom and freedom of expression to come.Read more
A copy of a letter I sent to my Bishop & Stake President in advance of the letter regarding the SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality that was directed to be read out in Branches and Wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on either 07/05/15 or 07/12/15.
As this is the month of July, and the 4th of July is upon us, and the anniversary of the United States declaring independence, and forming a new country, based on freedoms and liberty, I thought it would be nice to view some keys points in both the Political, and Spiritual factors of this time of year for Americans. I think on the Garth Brooks song “We shall be free”. If you are unfamiliar with it, I would advise looking it up and or listening to it, and pay close attention to the lyrics, and the truth behind them.
I realized the predicament the Republican Party was in when I got into a heated conversation with a close relative. I had just read James McPherson’s Pulitzer-winning book Battle Cry of Freedom and was curious to find out what side a close relative sided with.
"How can you not side with Lincoln?" pointing out Lincoln's accomplishments. “Would you rather have our great nation divided into fifty countries?”
To my astonishment my question was met with a resounding, “Yes!”Read more
Over the weekend, I — like many of you, undoubtedly — witnessed a lot of reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality. I’m sure many of your Facebook feeds looked similar to mine: lots of rainbow-tinted profile pictures, neutral posts by people who are happy for those who achieved marriage equality, and scorn.Read more
The foods we choose to eat are a product of our culture. The best parts of holidays and family gatherings are often meal times. And when we think of a holiday, we often think of the foods that accompany them: Thanksgiving and turkeys, Christmas and roasts, Memorial Day and barbecues. With the 4th of July this week, grocery stores across the nation are rapidly stocking hamburgers and hot dogs to meet the demand. Nonetheless, there are three important reasons why you should consider significantly cutting back your meat consumption, now.Read more