- Oct 19, 2020
At a conference at Catholic University of America, just north of Capitol Hill, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley called affordable health care “foundational” and warned government leaders that they had a “moral obligation” not to deprive people of health insurance.
Although overall the Catholic vote went to Donald Trump, there are still many Catholics nervous about his policies and what his presidency will mean for the country. Others are hopeful that Trump along with a Republican congress will ensure pro-life and religious freedom policies.
According to the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee, a repeal of the federal health care law should not take place without immediate passage of a plan that preserves people’s access to adequate health care and also protects human life, conscience rights and the poor.
Sister Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association, says simply repealing the Affordable Care Act without deciding how to replace it would be “heartbreaking,” because so many people would lose access to health care, which the Church regards as a basic right.
During the debate on the Affordable Care Act, I led a small group of Right to Life Democrats who withheld their votes in favor of health care until we received an ironclad commitment from the president assuring us that taxpayer funds would not be used to pay for abortions. We held steadfast to the belief that the sanctity of life would be respected at every stage.
In his address at the White House Wednesday morning, Pope Francis didn’t hold back when it came to voicing support for US bishops as they challenge the Obama administration’s contraception mandate — and he followed up later in the day with a visit to a group of religious sisters at