With the upcoming vote in Congress, health care is at the forefront in the news again. It is also a “hot topic” within Catholic Conversations ranging from the Facebook page of the NYS Catholic Conference to the United States Bishops’ website at http://www.usccb.org/healthcare/ and I am sure in many other places.
The current bill to be voted on in the House of Representatives in the new few days is H.R. 3590, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
The Catholic Church is in favor of universal health care for all. Health care is a basic right. Our “Declaration of Independence” speaks of the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To have a life with happiness requires good health care. Last year, I wrote on my website about health care. As the health care debate reaches a new peak, I invite you to read what I wrote.
The problem with the health care legislation as proposed is the federal funding for abortions. The proposed bill does not explicitly address the question. Some say it falls under the Hyde Amendment rules while others disagree (check out the USCCB’s understanding of the this). To those who say the H.R. 3590 doesn’t need an explicit reference to prohibit federal funding of abortion because it is covered under the Hyde Amendment, I say if you believe it would not allow such funding then what is the problem of including a paragraph that explicitly says so?
Health Care is an important issue but so is the right to life as it pertains to abortion. Please take the time to read some of the resources I have provided and stand up for the needs of the poor and vulnerable.