Monday, September 14, 2009

USCCB Press Statement on Health Care Reform

USCCB Officials Welcome President Obama's Statements On Abortion, Care For The Poor In Response To Health Care Address

WASHINGTON—Calling it an important contribution to a crucial national debate, officials speaking on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed President Obama's September 9 address on health care reform, particularly his statements regarding abortion and the uninsured.

"We agree that 'no one should go broke because they get sick,'" said Kathy Saile, Director of Domestic Social Development at the USCCB. "That's why the U.S. Bishops have worked for decades for decent health care for all. The Catholic Church provides health care for millions, purchases health care, picks up the pieces of a failing health system, and has a long tradition of teaching on ethics in health care. Health care reform that respects the life and dignity of all is a moral imperative and urgent national priority. We welcome the President's speech as an important contribution to this essential national debate and task."

"We especially welcome the President's commitment to exclude federal funding of abortion, and to maintain existing federal laws protecting conscience rights in health care," said Richard Doerflinger, Associate Director of Pro-Life Activities at the USCCB. "We believe that incorporating essential and longstanding federal laws on these issues into any new proposal will strengthen support for health care reform. We will work with Congress and the Administration to ensure that these protections are clearly reflected in new legislation, so no one is required to pay for or take part in abortion as a result of health care reform."

"We agree with the President that there are details that need to be ironed out," said Saile. "And with his address last night, we see the opportunity to work towards a truly universal health policy with respect for human life and dignity, access for all with a special concern for the poor, and inclusion of legal immigrants. We also see the possibility of meeting the bishops' goal to pursue the common good and preserve pluralism, including freedom of conscience and a variety of options, and restraining costs and applying them equitably across the spectrum of payers."


stlouismb said...

Hi Katherine, where did you get this statement? I would like to reference it, but can't find it on their web site.


Katherine said...

Here is the link. Sorry for not posting it.

CatholicConservative said...

The bishops sold out by giving pro-abortion Catholics communion, letting Catholics vote for the most pro-abortion president in history and then letting him speak at Notre Dame.

Now they are inches towards supporting Obamacare.

The reason is because they have no soul. Priests and nuns have very low salaries. They will qualify for big government subsidies under Obamacare. The Catholic Church will save millions.

Its all about the Benjamins. The bishops are selling out.

Anonymous said...

Go get dunked by the SBC, please!

Anonymous said...

This wasn't exactly the USCCB, it was a couple of people who work for them.


Katherine said...


You are correct if you mean the two people speaking (the Director of Pro-Life Affairs and the Director of Domestic Social Concerns) are not bishops themselves. But it was not two individuals giving private opinions, but an authorized statement on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.