Health Care

For decades, the Catholic Church has supported reform of America’s health care system and has promoted the idea that all people should have access to medical care. What policies would best serve that end has been a matter of considerable debate, a debate that continues in the context of the health care reform bill recently approved by Congress. What is not open for debate amongst faithful Catholics, however, is the fact that abortion is not health care and that no American should be forced to pay for another person’s abortion. The new health care reform law fails that test. In the coming days, Catholics must work to ensure that the new law’s provisions in favor of federal financing of abortion are reversed, and that the conscience rights of medical personnel to decline involvement in procedures they find immoral be respected. True health care reform is in service of the goal of expanding health care opportunities for all, in particular the poor.

Durable Power of Attorney for Catholics

Kansas Bishops’ Letter to Congressional Delegation on Health Care Reform

Archbishop Naumann and Bishop Finn’s Joint Pastoral on Health Care Reform


US House Votes to Repeal New Health Care Law

January 20, 2011 | , , , | Posted in The Issues

Wednesday, the US House voted 245-189 to repeal the new health care law passed by Congress and signed by President Obama last spring.  Despite their decades-long call for reform of America’s health care system, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops ultimately opposed passage of the final bill because it contained unacceptable provisions involving federal subsidization […] Read More >>

HHS Declares Abortions Not Covered Through High Risk Pools

July 16, 2010 | , | Posted in The Issues

Facing accusations that the taxpayers were already on the verge of paying for other people’s abortions through the new health care law, the US Department of Health and Human Services has announced that abortion coverage will in fact be excluded from federally-funded high-risk health insurance pools. Read More >>

Pro-Life Congressmen Introduce Bill to Amend Health Care Legislation

May 3, 2010 | , | Posted in The Issues

Pro-Life members of Congress have introduced legislation that would prevent federal funding of abortion under the new health care reform law recently passed by Congress.  HR 5111, the “Protect Life Act,” would also protect the conscience rights of health care personnel.  The bill would essentially codify the Pro-Life protections that the nation’s Catholic bishops sought […] Read More >>

Bishops Conference Releases Analysis of Executive Order’s Inadequacies

March 30, 2010 | , | Posted in The Issues

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has released an analysis of the executive order negotiated by Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak.  There is virtual unanimity within the Pro-Life community that the executive order will not be able to overrule the provisions on the new health care law that open the door to public financing of […] Read More >>

Bishop Gilmore on Health Care Reform

March 29, 2010 | , , | Posted in The Issues

Bishop Gilmore’s column from early February offers an eloquent and impassioned appraisal of what the health care reform bill that has now been passed by Congress and signed by the President means for our country. Read More >>

Stupak-Negotiated Executive Order Insufficient

March 22, 2010 | , , | Posted in The Issues

For months Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak had led a group of Pro-Life Democrats who declined to support the health care reform bill unless it contained language applying existing  protections against federal funding of abortion to the bill.  Unfortunately, Congressman Stupak and his remaining holdouts negotiated a deal with the White House.  Under the deal, President […] Read More >>

US House Approves Historic, Deeply Flawed Health Care Legislation

March 22, 2010 | , | Posted in The Issues

Late last night, the US House of Representatives passed a health care reform bill that is both monumental in its scope and profoundly controversial in its substance.  While the Catholic Church has for decades supported health care reform and the expansion of access to care that this bill purports to have as its goal, the […] Read More >>