Bishops Won't Support Health Care Repeal

Read the full story here in our online edition of Signs of the Times.

Others news covered this week: how Catholic leaders helped boost support for the New Start treaty, and a look at the controversy surrounding Mexican migrants who have been abuducted and killed on their way to the U.S.

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7 years 8 months ago
I read the story a little bit different than the headline indicates.  I did not see that they would oppose repeal but they are keeping out of the politics and then added some thoughts on what health care should entail.


A good debate would be are these things the Bishops want, socially just.  They are certainly nice things to have but wishing for nice things is often not feasibly possible and in trying to attain the nice things that one wants, does it have an effect that may not be socially just.  I could wish everyone on earth a salary equivalent of $75,000 a year and maybe some day that might be possible but in today's world such an objective might actually cause salaries to go down and put people out of work if one tried to achieve it.
7 years 8 months ago
Here is a story from the Hill, a Washington based political publication.  It says that so far over 500 organizations have gotten waivers from the health care bill.  


http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/140533-hhs-grants-new-reform-waivers-amid-heightened-scrutiny 



Maybe the bishops should support universal waivers to whoever wants to opt out of the legislation.
Vince Killoran
7 years 8 months ago
"[N]ot feasibly possible. . . . [S]uch an objective might actually cause salaries to go down and put people out of work if one tried to achieve it."


The good news is that it won't. The "it" to which I'm referring isn't Obama's halfway measure (very weak tea-mostly a shoring up of big insurance and pharma), but, rather, a universal, single-payer health care system.

This would "fit" the Gospel message much better than the dominate for-profit system we now have. 

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