Catholics United Urges Congress to Pass Health Care Bill

Posted November 07, 2009

Calls on Catholics across the Political Spectrum to Lend Full Support for Reform

Catholics United today urged House lawmakers to vote yes for H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Passage of the bill will ensure that 96% of Americans have access to affordable health insurance and will constitute a major victory for Catholic values of life and human dignity. The vote comes at a time of historic support for health care reform among mainstream Catholics, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“The Catholic Church teaches that all human beings are created in the image of God, and thus are equally worthy of dignity and respect. It's for this reason that the Church has long supported universal health care,” said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United. “This legislation makes tremendous strides toward building a culture of life and promoting the common good. We call on members of Congress, especially pro-life Catholics, to vote yes on the Affordable Health Care for America Act.”

Solidifying of Catholic support was spurred by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to allow Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and others to offer an amendment intended to allay concerns about public funding for abortion. The amendment bans abortion coverage from the government-managed public option and prevents private plans that cover abortion services from receiving federal subsidies.

Nonetheless, some Republican-affiliated groups who claim a Catholic orientation – including the American Life League – have broken with the Bishops' Conference by opposing the legislation. Others, like the Catholic League and Family Research Council, remained silent Saturday after attacking the legislation for months.

“Catholics across the political spectrum should lend their full-throated support to this legislation,” said Korzen. “The bishops' stamp of approval means that this bill is unambiguously pro-life, and we will vigorously oppose those who suggest otherwise.”

Catholics United has also launched an ad campaign entitled “Health Care is Pro-Life,” in order to remind Catholics of the importance of extending pre- and postnatal care to pregnant women and children. The ads will run in national Catholic publications, and direct Catholics to a Web site – – where they can learn more about health care reform, register their support, and contact their elected officials.

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Catholics for Health Care Reform –
Catholics United –

No responsible Catholic

No responsible Catholic should be supporting this horrendous legislation. I am unemployed and have been attempting to get back on my feet for years. I am a very hard worker. Charity is meant to be private, whether individual or provided by the church. Fining me $750 a year is not going to help me or my children in the least. This is ridiculous legislation which is no more than a power grab. This money is not "Caesar's" and should not be given to him. Catholics by and large seem to be willing to give their responsibilities, power and money to the state rather than taking responsibility for charitable acts on themselves and local churches for their family and church community members and the community at large.God deires our freedom, how dare we hand those freedoms over for so-called statist protections. Wake up, already!

Perfection is the enemy of

Perfection is the enemy of the possible. Let us begin and then we can correct the weaknesses as we go. For those who argue that this is too fast - where have they been for the past 70 years? It is criminal that we, the wealthiest nation in the world cannot afford either quality education or quality health care for all.

I am supporting this bill

I am supporting this bill because it seems like the best for the moment but deeply disappointed in the Senate that they are such a selfish ambitious lot - they seem not to care at all for the working poor in our country. We need more affordable insurance and only a public option will get us there. What's wrong with socialism? -- that's how convents and monasteries are run.

rachel.rosenbau, You ask what


You ask what is wrong with Socialism? Have you read any history on a Socialist nation?

God and the Constitution of the United States of America forbids the government to control the messes -- our health care system, our economic, civil, and moral liberties.

Do you not understand that it is because of the government of our nation that we have the problems?

The government will never fix this because the government is full of creed and corruption. This will make matter much much worse.

God help us.