Catholic Bishops go on record against Senate version of health care bill

In their effort to clear up any confusion whatsoever about where they stand on the Senate version of ObamaCare, the nation's Catholic Bishops put out a statement this past weekend that they asked to have read aloud and/or posted in their parishes which set the record straight.

They are OPPOSSED to the bill.

From the statement:

As long-time advocates of health care reform, the U.S.
Catholic bishops continue to make the moral case that genuine health
care reform must protect the life, dignity, consciences and health of
all, especially the poor and vulnerable. Health care reform should
provide access to affordable and quality health care for all, and not
advance a pro-abortion agenda in our country. Genuine health care
reform is being blocked by those who insist on reversing widely
supported policies against federal funding of abortion and plans which
include abortion, not by those working simply to preserve these
longstanding protections.

  • On November 7, the U.S. House of Representatives passed major
    health care reform that reaffirms the essential, longstanding and
    widely supported policy against using federal funds for elective
    abortions and includes positive measures on affordability and
  • On December 24, the U.S. Senate rejected this policy and passed
    health care reform that requires federal funds to help subsidize and
    promote health plans that cover elective abortions. All purchasers of
    such plans will be required to pay for other people’s abortions through
    a separate payment solely to pay for abortion. And the affordability
    credits for very low income families purchasing private plans in a
    Health Insurance Exchange are inadequate and would leave families
    financially vulnerable.
  • Outside the abortion context, neither bill has adequate conscience protection for health care providers, plans or employers.
  • Congressional leaders are now trying to figure out how the rules of
    the House and Senate could allow the final passage of a modified bill
    that would satisfy disagreements between House and Senate versions.

(click here to read the entire statement)

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