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Catholic congressman: I'd rather save my soul than vote for the health care bill
cna ^ | August 3, 2009

Posted on 08/03/2009 1:23:16 PM PDT by NYer

Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao

New Orleans, La., Aug 3, 2009 / 02:06 pm (CNA).- Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao, (R-New Orleans), the first Vietnamese-American congressman and a Catholic,  announced this past weekend that, because of the “stealth mandate” for abortion still present in the Health Care bill, he prefers to “save his soul” rather than  vote in favor of it.

Cao, the only member of the Louisiana House delegation who had not weighed in on where he stands on the health reform bill, told the Times-Picayune on Saturday that he cannot support any bill that permits public money to be spent on abortion.

“At the end of the day if the health care reform bill does not have strong language prohibiting the use of federal funding for abortion, then the bill is really a no-go for me,” said Cao, who spent time in formation to be a Jesuit priest.

“Being a Jesuit, I very much adhere to the notion of social justice,” Cao said. “I do fully understand the need of providing everyone with access to health care, but to me personally, I cannot be privy to a law that will allow the potential of destroying thousands of innocent lives,” he explained to the Louisiana newspaper.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that Cao will be one of seven Republican members of Congress targeted with radio ads that will play on radio stations with largely African-American audiences, urging him to support Obama's health reform efforts.

“I know that voting against the health care bill will probably be the death of my political career,” Cao said, “but I have to live with myself, and I always reflect on the phrase of the New Testament, ‘How does it profit a man's life to gain the world but to lose his soul.’”

Cao is the first native of Vietnam to serve in Congress and the first Republican to serve in his district since 1890. He won in a district that usually votes overwhelmingly Democratic.

The poorest member of Louisiana's delegation, and a devout Roman Catholic, Cao served as a board member for Mary Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church's Community Development Corporation which assists Vietnamese-Americans with hurricane relief, and is a member of the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Cao also told the Times-Picayune that he is still undecided about the merits of including a public option in any health reform redesign. He believes that it may ultimately lead to the destruction of the private insurance market and a "government takeover" of health insurance.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: 111th; bhoabortion; bhohealthcare; cao; catholic; catholicpoliticians; healthcare; healthcarereform; la; obamacare; prolife; righttolife; socialism; socializedmedicine

1 posted on 08/03/2009 1:23:19 PM PDT by NYer
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2 posted on 08/03/2009 1:24:36 PM PDT by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

This is a positive sign.


3 posted on 08/03/2009 1:25:16 PM PDT by AzaleaCity5691
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To: NYer

Yes! Good to see!


4 posted on 08/03/2009 1:25:59 PM PDT by mlizzy
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To: NYer
providing everyone with access to health care

They all have access to it. They just have to pay for it.

5 posted on 08/03/2009 1:28:02 PM PDT by agere_contra
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To: NYer

“he cannot support any bill that permits public money to be spent on abortion”.
Yeah I HAVE A REAL DAMN PROBLEM with this too.
And any politician who supports taking my money to pay for abortions anywhere, even overseas has lost my vote.


6 posted on 08/03/2009 1:29:36 PM PDT by Joe Boucher
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To: NYer

Thank you Congressman Cao for speaking the truth about this bill that will bankrupt the country, provide free care for illegals (thanks to us taxpayers) and fund abortions as part of national healthcare. If for no other reason, this bill needs to be defeated completely.


7 posted on 08/03/2009 1:30:39 PM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: NYer

Keep politics and religion separate!!!


8 posted on 08/03/2009 1:32:24 PM PDT by aristotleman (....in wolves' clothing....stealing ur prey.....)
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To: NYer

I emailed Rep. Cao to tell him that he is a GREAT AMERICAN!!


9 posted on 08/03/2009 1:33:40 PM PDT by bareford101 (Give me liberty, or give me death!)
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To: NYer
if the health care reform bill does not have strong language prohibiting the use of federal funding for abortion, then the bill is really a no-go for me

How refreshing it is to see a real man in Congress.

10 posted on 08/03/2009 1:35:35 PM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: NYer

My email came back because of my location. I told him how proud I was to be his fellow American.

So I called and told his staffer who thanked me very much.

Washington Office

2113 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6636
Fax: (202) 225-1988


11 posted on 08/03/2009 1:36:59 PM PDT by bareford101 (Give me liberty, or give me death!)
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To: NYer
“I know that voting against the health care bill will probably be the death of my political career,” Cao said, “but I have to live with myself, and I always reflect on the phrase of the New Testament, ‘How does it profit a man's life to gain the world but to lose his soul.’”

Saint Thomas More would be proud. Unfortunatley most CINOs Donkeys sold their sold to gain Wales.

12 posted on 08/03/2009 1:39:39 PM PDT by C19fan
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To: NYer

It’s no surprise that the Dems included publicly-funded abortion in this bill.

The 2008 DNC platform statement says “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of the ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right”.

The Dems want taxpayer-funded abortions for any woman (or girl, since age is not a restriction) in any trimester, for any reason.

This policy dovetails nicely with other provisions in the bill that will open the path to nationalized euthenasia for old people, through heathcare benefit denial.


13 posted on 08/03/2009 1:41:10 PM PDT by zipper
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To: NYer

A man of convictions. Excellent.


14 posted on 08/03/2009 1:43:19 PM PDT by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: Marie2

A man of conviction. NY could use a guy like that. So could Washington


15 posted on 08/03/2009 1:49:54 PM PDT by reefdiver (So how's that HOPE & CHANGE working out for ya ?)
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To: zipper
The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of the ability to pay

Red in Blue PA thinks everyone should get to choose a car for transportation regardless of their ability to pay.

See how silly that looks?
16 posted on 08/03/2009 1:52:00 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: NYer
Although I don't expect the ones who voted for Barry to be upset, Catholics and good Christian folks in general should be appalled by this bill. (euthanasia, free abortions on demand, etc.)
17 posted on 08/03/2009 1:59:50 PM PDT by wolfcreek (KMTEXASA!)
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To: aristotleman

“Keep politics and religion separate!!!”

Yeah, right. Did you forget the (sarc)?


18 posted on 08/03/2009 2:02:05 PM PDT by wolfcreek (KMTEXASA!)
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To: rrstar96

ping


19 posted on 08/03/2009 2:20:27 PM PDT by lsucat
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To: NYer

For the 95% of people that live in districts without competition in Congressional races, this is one guy you can give some money to. He is a Republican who slipped into a black district, due in large part to Katrina (people leaving), but also due to some blacks who got fed up with the monsters they get thrown into their faces by black leaders.

He is an amazing person. Also, between opposing abortion and being tough on criminals, he will probably save more black lives than any other Congressman elected by a black district. If he can hold his seat, it will be a body-blow to the Democratic Party.


20 posted on 08/03/2009 3:00:52 PM PDT by BobL
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To: aristotleman

Yah moral values about murder and things have no basis intruding on politics no siree bob.

Or is the anticatholic sentiment riding so high that it trumps supporting a man concerned about supporting the murder of defensless babies ?


21 posted on 08/03/2009 3:15:49 PM PDT by lucias_clay (Impeach Odinga's Cousin)
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To: aristotleman

There is no mandate on this forum to visit threads that are not of interest to you.


22 posted on 08/03/2009 3:17:44 PM PDT by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: bareford101

Thank you for the email to the Congressman and the his snail mail address.


23 posted on 08/03/2009 3:18:49 PM PDT by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer
“I know that voting against the health care bill will probably be the death of my political career"

And on the other hand, if others follow suit...not just about abortion...but the myriad of other invasive unconstitutional and Marxist provisions permeating this bill this may be his best political move yet.

24 posted on 08/03/2009 3:36:17 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: bareford101

When I was an Army officer in Vietnam I must admit that my feelings towards the Vietnamese were racist, and my opinions were chauvinistic, etc. I have been continually astonished at what good Americans they have become. In fact I am for the most part ashamed of the present generation of Congress people who seem to have no clue about the Constitution, and no principles other than reelection. This man is a paragon.


25 posted on 08/03/2009 4:16:04 PM PDT by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: aristotleman
Keep politics and religion separate!!!

Are you serious or being sarcastic?

26 posted on 08/03/2009 5:05:57 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: NYer
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that Cao will be one of seven Republican members of Congress targeted with radio ads that will play on radio stations with largely African-American audiences, urging him to support Obama's health reform efforts.

I doubt those radio ads will contain the following fact:


27 posted on 08/03/2009 7:06:55 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: aristotleman

Freedom of religion not freedom from religion.


28 posted on 08/03/2009 7:11:28 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: NYer

BTTT!


29 posted on 08/03/2009 10:30:09 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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Pelican State ping


30 posted on 08/04/2009 6:11:45 AM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: bareford101
I emailed Rep. Cao to tell him that he is a GREAT AMERICAN!!

It is remarkable that he won his district because New Orleans is primarily black and votes democrat. Since Katrina with downsizing of the black population he was able to win (and maybe people have wised up in New Orleans). They also have a large Vietnamese population in Eastern New Orleans. Before Katrina there was one Catholic church in the east with a congregation of 5,000. ( don't know the figure now). He is not in my district but I am glad New Orleans is finally getting a politician with morals and character - they need it.

31 posted on 08/04/2009 6:30:38 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: Bitsy

He won because of an ‘act of God’. Seriously.

A hurricane put him in office... That and laziness on the part of the voters in his community.

William Jefferson - of the $100,000 bribe money in the freezer - didn’t win his primary outright. He needed a runoff.

Hurricane Gustav delayed the runoff election in his district.

So runoff democratic primary was held when everyone else was holding their final election.

Turnout for this election was huge, due to O’s pull. Congressman Jefferson won.

Then a month later, the final election was held.

This was the only election on the ballot.

Interest was low. Turnout was much lower.

Jefferson did not turn out but 1/5th of the voters he did the month prior.


32 posted on 08/04/2009 7:46:58 AM PDT by Pikachu_Dad
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To: Pikachu_Dad

He won because of an ‘act of God’. Seriously.

Thank You God, now if you would please take care of America’s presidency, congress and supreme court, Amen!
_Dad you sure know your stuff!


33 posted on 08/04/2009 8:11:32 AM PDT by Bitsy
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