- Sep 17, 2020
The bishops in the United States say the new American Health Care Act falls short of those obligations imposed on us by Christ in the Gospel of Matthew, because it contains proposals that would be disproportionately harmful to the poor and to immigrants. We have a choice: Take the words of Jesus seriously, or accept what is convenient to us in Christ’s message while rejecting Christ himself.
Christian commentators have been arguing on social media in recent days on whether the sharp cuts in assistance to the poor proposed in President Trump’s budget would outrage Jesus or if the translation of a Bible passage suggests the opposite.
The U.S. Catholic bishops wrote a letter to House members calling all political parties to address the health care reform with a “new spirit of cooperation for the sake of the common good.” The bishops noted that “discussions on health care reform have reached a level of intensity which is making open and fruitful dialogue difficult.”