Monday, December 15, 2008

Catholic Health Association Applauds Nomination of Catholic former Senator as Head of HHS

Catholic Health Association Applauds the President-Elect for Naming Tom Daschle and Jeanne Lambrew to Health Leadership Positions in his Administration

Dec. 11, 2008

Sister Carol Keehan, DC, president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), issued the following statement:

The Catholic Health Association welcomes President-elect Barack Obama's official nomination today of former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to be his secretary of Health and Human Services and the person to oversee a new White House Office of Health Reform. Also, we are pleased that Obama named Jeanne Lambrew to serve as deputy director of the new White House Office of Health Reform.

We applaud the President-elect for choosing these two extraordinary and capable leaders who bring an enormous understanding of health care delivery issues and the need for meaningful reform for American families and businesses.

President-elect Obama has shown with today's announcements that he continues to understand that health care reform is a major domestic policy issue. At the same time, he remains true to his pre-election promises to achieve health care reform that provides affordable, accessible health care for all Americans while building on the existing health care system.

We share the vision that our country will only have a renewed and vibrant economy when we enact health reform designed to create and sustain a strong, healthy national community. The reforms should truly promote the nation's well-being and cover everyone with a reasonable, basic benefits package. To achieve this goal, the Catholic health ministry looks forward to working with the President-elect and with future HHS Secretary Daschle and Deputy Director Lambrew.

The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), founded in 1915, supports the Catholic health ministry's pursuit of the strategic directions of mission, ethics, and advocacy. As the nation's largest group of not-for-profit sponsors, systems, and facilities, the ministry is committed to improving the health status of communities and creating quality and compassionate health care that works for everyone. For more information, visit the CHA website at


Anonymous said...

"Sister Carol Keehan, DC, president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), issued the following statement...."

She's just another socialist hoorahing a couple of mental rejects appointed by Obama.

Kurt said...

defeat is hard to take, isn't it Rust.

shiloh said...

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take care, blessings

Sean said...

Rusted is quite a hoot.

He gets totally spanked in the election. Rusted, how does it feel that the American voter has given you the big middle finger?

You say Obama is a Muslim, socialist, babykilling, Kenya born peace-nik and the people of our great country say "YES WE CAN!"

Katherine, you have done a great job with this blog. It well served its purpose -- 54% of the Catholic vote to Obama and on January 20th, he will be our president.

Katherine, a grateful nation says to you and your blog "well done, faithful servant, well done".

Please bring this blog back in four years. We will need it to once again work its success.

pharmer1 said...

Sister Carol Keehan DC got a letter regarding her support of the same two Obama appointments which Planned Parenthood applauds.
and the whole text is at my blog. Here's part:

Here is a google search which, on Dec 17, showed the already considerable linkage between your statement and that of Planned Parenthood.

You might wish to address this public relations problem. I don't imagine that there can be much said to sway personal views IF they are really as stated in the CHA statement. However it might be useful to ask you to consider that many bishops are speaking of closing portions of Catholic health care facilities if Obama's FOCA is passed. Alternatively, if the Bishops lack such fortitude in leading us to follow Catholic teaching on Life issues, there is the consideration that large funding sources to the Catholic health care facilities will dry up if donors discover that health care professionals within the Catholic institutions are no longer able to practice in a way that shows respect for human life, and that patients cannot rely on such respect."

Thanks for putting Sister's statement on your blog. It may help her in her job function to realize that the internet is aligning her statement with Planned Parenthood.

Kurt said...

However it might be useful to ask you to consider that many bishops are speaking of closing portions of Catholic health care facilities if Obama's FOCA is passed.

What a joke. One loud mouth bishops said this. he forgot to mention that he would actually have to found a Catholic hospital in his diocese first, as under his leadership, there has been no such ministry.

Since there is nothing in FOCA that would actually force Catholic hospitals to perform abortions, the bishop's hope for a media momenet will never happen.

Anonymous said...

How can you possibly support Barack Obama. This man not only gives a thums up t abortion, but when a late term abortion produces a living human being, he voted to have that child murdered and not be helped to live.

kurt said...

It amazes me that the same tired old accusations against Obama that led to the worst Republican electoral disaster in 44 years are still dragged up. What part of the word FAILURE don't you understand?

The Catholic majority stood with Barack Obama. The Rovian tactics utterly failed. "He is a Muslim...he is a babykiller...he is a friend of terrorism...he is a marxist."

The American people spoke loud and clear what they think of these accusations and the people who make them.

But let me be clear, if you and the Republicans want to keep using the tactics and accusations that gave you absolute defeat, go ahead.

Susan said...

Sorry, Kurt, but winning isn't everything. If a majority of "catholics" voted for Obama it only shows the work that needs to be done. It is really nothing to celebrate.

Kurt said...


Work does need to be done. And the first job is to understand that the failed tactics of the past need to be abandoned and serious and effective efforts to promote life need to be developed.

You and your team have led the pro-life movement to a colossal defeat. New ideas, new leaders and new methods are needed. Those who led the pro-life movement to defeat and failure should gracefully retire.

Susan said...

Grow up, Kurt. Me and my team???