Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What More Should It Take?

This from Wednesday's Observer:

Bishops Support Universal Health Care Policy

"Universal health care is an intrinsic human right that proceeds from human dignity, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)."

The article continues:

The following appears on USCCB's website: "Every person, created in the image and likeness of God, has a right to life and to those things necessary to sustain life, including affordable, quality health care."

The Bishops were pleased by President Obama's reference to a conscience clause and a recognition of the ethical issues at hand. "[Let's] make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded not only in sound science, but also in clear ethics, as well as respect for the equality of women," said Obama at the ND 2009 Commencement ceremony.

Bill Purcell, Associate Director for the Center for Social Concerns, sees the issue within the framework of Catholic Social Teaching. "Yes, there needs to be health care; it has to be universal, especially for the poor and the vulnerable; but health care has to protect life from conception to natural death," Purcell said.

Some may feel as I do...that if a convincing majority of the American people, the Catholic Church, and many of the medical professionals support universal health care, what is holding us back? Left Coast Lefty suggested a fairly probable answer yesterday. What are your thoughts? What more should it take?

1 comment:

Bill said...

Sounds like they need to make it more clear that there's no taxpayer money going to fund abortions or euthanasia in the reform legislation. As in, even more clear than than it has already been made.

Also, I heard a rumor that universal health care will necessitate some sort of death panel or panels? That doesn't sound very Catholic to me, they should do something about that.