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Bishops have supported ethical healthcare for all since 1919


BISHOP BLAIRE

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EWTN
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Bishops, Priests
Date:
2/16/2012

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ABSTRACTBishops counter White House claim they opposed health care reform :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) Editors Service About us Donate Spanish Portuguese Follow us: Loading News Headlines Vatican Americas Asia - Pacific US Europe Middle East - Africa Most Read Most Commented Archive Mandate Resources Abortion Advent Apologetics Benedict XVI Bible Cardinals Catechism Catholic Womanhood Church Fathers Life & Family Liturgical Calendar Liturgy Mary Politics Prayers Sacraments Sacred Arts Saints Virtue Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds CNA TV CNA Audio Columns A Life Worth Living Answering the Tough Questions Bishops' Corner Book Reviews Both Oars In Catholic & Single Catholic Men Guest Columnist Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II In Good Company Indispensable Economics Inside the Church during WWII Led Into the Truth Movie Reviews Preparing the way for the Roman Missal – 3rd Edition The New (& the Old) Evangelization The Spirit of the New Translation The Way of Beauty With Good Reason Your Moment in the Mass Documents Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II Pope Paul VI Pope John XXIII Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XI Pope Pius X Pope Leo XIII Vatican II Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Pontifical Council for the Family United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal James Francis Stafford Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Bishop Samuel J. Aquila Catholic Womanhood Home » News » US Bishops counter White House claim they opposed health care reform Bishop Stephen Blaire Washington D.C., Feb 16, 2012 / 07:22 am ( CNA ) .- The U.S. bishops have refuted the White House’s claim that they never supported health care reform in America. “Since 1919, the United States Catholic bishops have supported decent health care for all and government and private action to advance this essential goal,” said Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif. Bishop Blaire, who serves as chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, responded to a recent statement by White House press secretary Jay Carney. At a Feb. 13 press briefing, Carney was asked about the bishops’ dissatisfaction with the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. He replied, “I would simply note with regard to the bishops that they never supported health care reform to begin with, of which this is an important element.” “This is not the case,” countered Bishop Blaire on Feb. 14. “Long before the current battles, the Catholic Church was persistently and consistently advocating for this overdue national priority.” During the recent debates over health care, the U.S. bishops said that universal, affordable health care was “an urgent national priority and moral imperative.” The bishops’ conference called for health care reform that is universal, protects human life, does not discriminate against immigrants and respects conscience rights. Bishop Blaire explained that the bishops “opposed the final legislation” because it failed to meet these standards. He added that their judgment has been “sadly but clearly borne out by the failure of the law and the recent regulation to protect conscience and religious liberty.” The bishops had initially raised strong objections to a federal mandate announced Jan. 20 that required nearly all employers to purchase health insurance plans that cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs at no cost to employees. They argued that the mandate did not include a sufficient religious exemption for those employers who held moral objections to such products and procedures. President Barack Obama announced an “accommodation” on Feb. 10 that instead requires religious employers to purchase the same coverage from health insurance companies that will be required to provide the coverage in all plans they offer. However, the bishops have argued that the new policy still fails to offer adequate protections for religious liberty. Bishop Blaire called on those who have spoken falsely to correct their error and acknowledge the bishops’ “long and consistent record of support for health care which protects the life, dignity and consciences of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.” Share Email Print Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Digg Stumble More Destinations Related news Denver Catholic Charities stands with US bishops on contraception mandate Religious leaders, academics rebuff Obama’s contraception policy change Catholic Charities cautious over contraception 'accommodation' Archbishop Chaput blasts administration's 'insulting' mandate revision Related articles Bringing Facts and Principles to the Health Care Debat.......