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Salt Lake CityUT – In response to the efforts of Governor Huntsman’s task force to extend premium subsidies to uninsured workers just in time for the holiday season, the Sutherland Institute reiterated its view that private solutions work best in providing charitable care for low income Utahns.  Sutherland welcomes the task force’s interest in finding lasting health care solutions for Utah’s uninsured.




“We believe that Utah’s indigent and needy uninsured residents should receive health care even if they can’t afford it,” said Paul T. Mero, president of the Sutherland Institute.  “This problem [health care for the uninsured] can be solved equitably, effectively and inexpensively if we turn to private-sector solutions. Sutherland’s policy approach is needed now more than ever in the public debate.”




For the past two years, Sutherland has worked to promote a private sector-based solution for providing health care to low-income Utahns.  The Institute’s efforts have included an in-depth policy report, To the Least of These: A Moral Case for Authentic Charity Care and work with the Utah Legislature in 2005 to unanimously pass H.J.R. 19 in support of further study into this approach to providing basic, universal health care for Utah’s uninsured.




“Sutherland’s goal is to have a functioning and effective public – but private-sector – foundation, administered by a broad-based and state-wide group of elected and community leaders, to implement an authentic charity care system.  It is our hope that this new charity care program would replace all government programs currently providing health care to the uninsured poor and would rely purely on voluntary funding and the service of thousands of volunteers,” Mero concluded.




For more information, contact Katie Christensen, 801-355-1272 or email,kchristensen@sutherlandinstitute.org.