Sunday, September 6, 2009

Catholic Criteria for National Health Care Reform


This appeared in our bulletin that I received at mass this morning....


"For decades, the Catholic bishops of the United States (USCCB) have supported and continue to support genuine National Health Care Reform, provided that the following criteria are met:


1. It must be a truly universal health policy that protects the life and dignity of all, including those who are most vulnerable.


2. Allowing access for all with a special concern for the poor and the inclusion of legal immigrants.


3. The common good must be pursued and pluralism preserved, including freedom of conscience and a variety of options.


4. Exclusion of any efforts to expand abortion funding, mandate abortion coverage, or endanger the conscience rights of health care providers and religious institutions.


5. Costs must be controlled and applied equitably across the spectrum of payers.


In addition, Bishop Galeone (Diocese of St. Augustine) is of the opinion that two more items are essential if Congress is truly serious about reforming Health Care: 1.) Tort reform must be enacted in order to control escalating costs. 2.) The members of Congress must be insured under the same Health Care System that they adopt for the rest of the nation."

3 comments:

Nancy said...
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Evy said...

Just cannot bring myself to accept the inclusion of illegals.
How does that make the cost equitable across the spectrum of payers?
Torte reform, medical savings accounts, or allowing us to shop for our insurance across state lines are far better answers.
With this "health care reform" I can guarentee you I will be one of those you will be paying for because they are going to shut down my husbands medical field completely. Government run health care does not work, no matter how you sugar coat it.
By the way, how are you feeling? How did the Thursday procedure go?
Did they remove it, or just run tests? Beem thinking about you all week.

Nancy said...

Evy,

Thursday's procedure went well...long though. They removed it and now I have a 3 inch incision that's stitched up!
Thank you for asking! I probably should update everybody but sometimes I feel like people can get tired of hearing about all of my aches and pains.
I hope you're having a great holiday weekend!