- Jul 8, 2020
Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, says an acceptable health care system provides access to all, regardless of their means, and at all stages of life. The bishop said such a health care system must protect conscience rights, as well as extend to immigrant families.
The chairmen of four U.S. bishops’ committees wrote a letter to the Senate urging its members to ensure that the health care reform not only respect life and religious liberty, but also remove the “unacceptable changes to Medicaid” that would leave “millions of additional people uninsured in the years ahead.”
A budget proposal by President Donald Trump last Tuesday faces stiff opposition, including a number of Catholic leaders in the United States. Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, called its mix of cuts in support for the poor and increases in defense spending ‘profoundly troubling,’ while Sister Donna Markham of Catholic Charities termed it ‘disastrous, albeit cruel.’
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, sent a letter to House members, praising the inclusion of “critical life protections” in the House health care bill but stressing that some aspects, such as accessibility and Medicaid, remain “troubling.”
Kelsey Hazzard, the founder of “Secular Pro-Life,” has a blunt message for religiously motivated opponents of abortion: “if you’re out to make a case for life to the general public, lay off the God talk. Legally, religious considerations can’t form the sole basis for public policy anyhow.”