Articles About Health Care
As the threat of a crisis in our current health care system looms larger and health care spending continues to increase, the sustainability of our current employer-based health care system comes into question. How can we reform health care and see to it that more people have access to it? Is the hotly-debated health care reform legislation the answer? What is a Christian response to the health care system? The resources on this page provide answers to these important questions.
I recently completed a very short interview on Vatican Radio to discuss the current battle between the Obama administration and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It didn’t permit me to say more than that the Obama administration is making a political mistake, so I’d like to say a bit more about the serious consequences that will likely result and how we ended up with this Church-State conundrum in the first place.
In May 2009, President Obama delivered the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame where he proclaimed, to naïve applause: “Let's honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible conscience clause, and make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded not only in sound science, but also in clear ethics … ”
Remember Mary Poppins singing, “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down in the most delightful way”?
If so, be concerned, because you or your parents are probably on Medicare – or will be soon -- and last week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed regulations for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
Since President Obama signed the Patient Protection Act into law in March 2010, the acrimonious debate on this far-reaching legislation has persisted. For many, the concerns over the Obama administration’s health care reform effort are based on both moral and fiscal grounds. Now, with House Republicans scheduling a vote to repeal “Obamacare” in the days ahead, the debate is once again ratcheting up.
As Speaker Nancy Pelosi promoted passage of Sunday’s health care reform bill, she invoked Catholic support. However, those who assert the right to health care and seek greater responsibility for government as the means to that end, are simply wrong. This legislation fails to comport with Catholic social principles.
Despite good intentions, many reform proposals increase the role of government, place additional burdens on business, and interfere with medical decision making between the patient and doctor. Yet, without substantial health care reform, the United States will suffer from a greater financial disaster than is anticipated in the current crisis, and will unconscionably burden our children and grandchildren with debt and inflation. The PCA represents a more promising approach.