Skip to comments.U.S. bishops warn of vigorous opposition if Congress fails to fix health care bills
Posted on 10/08/2009 3:35:39 PM PDT by NYer
.- The U.S. Catholic bishops sent an open letter to Congress today, stating that they will vigorously oppose the health care bills unless they prevent taxpayer funds from paying for abortion, make care affordable for everyone and ensure that immigrants have access to the health system.
Cardinal Justin Rigali, Bishop William Murphy and Bishop John Wester penned the letter on behalf of all the U.S. bishops to "express our disappointment that progress has not been made on the three priority criteria for health care reform that we have conveyed previously to Congress."
"In fact," they noted, "the Senate Finance Committee rejected a conscience rights amendment accepted earlier by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The bishops warned Congress that if the final legislation does not meet our principles, we will have no choice but to oppose the bill.
At the same time, the Catholic bishops said that they remain committed to working with the Administration, Congressional leadership and our allies to produce final health reform legislation that will reflect our principles.
Listing the flaws that they see in the current health care bills, the Catholic bishops urged lawmakers to prohibit mandated coverage for abortion, and incorporate longstanding policies against abortion funding and in favor of conscience rights.
No one should be required to pay for or participate in abortion, they insisted.
Despite insistence by some legislators that the reform bills do exclude abortion and protect consciences, the high-ranking bishops said that, No current bill meets this test.
The prelates also stated that any reform proposal should make quality health care affordable and accessible to everyone, particularly those who are vulnerable and those who live at or near the poverty level.
The final measure the bishops pushed for was that legislation should include effective measures to safeguard the health of immigrants, their children and all of society. They also asserted that the bill should ensure legal immigrants and their family members have comprehensive, affordable, and timely access to health care coverage.
Saying that they sincerely hope that the legislation will not fall short of our criteria, the U.S. bishops said that they remain apprehensive when amendments protecting freedom of conscience and ensuring no taxpayer money for abortion are defeated in committee votes.
If acceptable language in these areas cannot be found, the warned, we will have to oppose the health care bill vigorously.
The bishops concluded their letter by writing, Much-needed reform of our health care system must be pursued in ways that serve the life and dignity of all, never in ways that undermine or violate these fundamental values.
Not the least of which it is unconstitutional.
Your health records in the government’s hands to do with as they want ... Did someone remove the 4th amendment when I wasn’t looking? It takes a court order, probable cause and a court proceeding now to get your health records. Remember the Limbaugh fight?
“The final measure the bishops pushed for was that legislation should include effective measures to safeguard the health of immigrants, their children and all of society. They also asserted that the bill should ensure legal immigrants and their family members have comprehensive, affordable, and timely access to health care coverage.”
The first push in legalizing the illegals? If my interpretation is correct then I’m for aborting the Bishops. If not then more power to them.
Support the entire Republican program on health care.
KILL THE BILL!!!
I know I am raising a flammable position: However, what approaches have these individuals taken to support the Pro Life side? Has Cardinal George spoke out about the newly passed anti free speech ordinance in Chicago which puts a “bubble” around anyone entering a PP abattoir. It is now illegal to even address/speak/direct conversation to anyone entering these buildings.
“make care affordable for everyone and ensure that immigrants have access to the health system”
Leftist, why doesn’t he use the church’s money to pay for all of this?
Right - what about the Cardinal who did the funeral mass for Teddy Kennedy? I’m SURE he’ll protest the bill....(not!)
How about doing something about sending pedarists to jail. Until the bishops clean up their own mess I won’t allow them to have an opinion about mine. These guys kill me with their pontificating (pun intended)
Free medical for illegals? Let the Pope pay for it.
I HATE the "no choice but to ..." rhetoric. Hey, your excellencies! Grow a pair and speak clearly, as in: We think a bill which does not meet these criteria is wrong and we will oppose it."
Further, I LOATHE the use of "immigrant" without the clarification of whether we're talking about legal or illegal.
Other than that, good for them!
Gee thanks bishops.
Funny how the Bishops have no problem with stealing for others to do their good deeds...
THOU SHALT NOT STEAL!
At least you know that there are a group of prelates out there fighting for you, unlike the follow non-Catholic groups.
There are many wonderful and committed Catholic priests, nuns, brothers, etc.
Few good ones, however, make it to being a bishop.
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