Why I support the Affordable Care Act

Author: Josh Hogan


As an LDS Democrat I support the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Here are my reasons:

1.      It is the law of the land, duly passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court. As such I think Utah should participate. There is “no need to break the law of the land" (D&C 58:21).

2.      People need access to healthcare, even if they are poor. Healthcare is expensive, so if we can help millions of people get care we should. I believe in helping people who are in need.

Some people say it will be too expensive. Congress doesn’t think so. It is yet to be seen. Let’s make sure we do all we can to help as many people possible in a fiscally responsible way.

Some people say it takes away agency by "forcing" people to pay more taxes. Our government is representative. When you are out voted it may feel that you are being forced to do something you don’t want to do. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt that way. But, “[I] believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.” (12th Article of Faith) Thankfully, we have civil means whereby we can challenge, and even change, laws. If we can’t do that we have the freedom to leave, not as states, but as individuals. Let’s consider everyone’s point of view and improve the ACA to address our concerns.

One thing I think should be changed is obliging people to adhere to the law by going against their religion. I believe in freedom of religion. I think we can make sufficient changes so religious-sponsored health institutions are comfortable participating in this new way of doing things.

Josh Hogan

Executive Committee, Utah County LDS Democrats

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