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2009: The Year of Health Care Reform? Faith-Based Investors See Doubling of Related Shareholder Resolutions, Growing Public Support From Corporate America
Date:1/14/2009

nce health and well being by promoting access to high-quality care that is effective, efficient, safe, timely, patient-centered, and equitable.

Rev. David Schilling, program director for human rights, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility: "In the decade since the demise of health care reform efforts in the 1990s, the faith community has continued to call for accessible and affordable health care for all people in a just and compassionate health care system. As long-term institutional investors, members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility recognize the economic burden providing health benefits for employees places on American corporations. Faith-based investors believe it is in the economic interest of portfolio companies to ensure that all Americans have access to healthcare that is affordable and provided equitably."

Sister Barbara Aires, coordinator of corporate responsibility, Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth (NJ), said: "Shareholders are important stakeholders in corporations. Our voice is relevant in the debate on health care reform. Health care reform is both a moral and a financial issue. A total of 79 ICCR member institutional investors have signed on to statement saying 'that access to health care is a fundamental human right, benefits society and serves the individual, the common good and employers.' We are encouraged that more than a dozen leading U.S. corporations have joined us in embracing the core principles of needed health care reform."

Cathy Rowan, SRI consultant representing American Baptist Home Mission Society and Trinity Health, said: "Shareholder interests and the public's interests are aligned on the need for comprehensive health care reform. We hope to see corporations present on the day when President Obama signs into law a bill that resolves the lack of access, affordability, quality and accountability in our current health system -- and be re
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