- Dec 8, 2019
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, said the Senate hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, nominee for a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, was “deeply disappointing” since a number of senators failed to “simply consider the professional achievements of a nominee for the federal judiciary” and instead “challenged her fitness to serve due to her Catholic faith.”
After the Republican senate voted to proceed to debate their version of a healthcare bill, Bishop Frank J. Dewane released a statement saying the “current proposals are simply unacceptable as written, and any attempts to repeal the ACA (Affordable Care Act) without a concurrent replacement is also unacceptable.”
The U.S. Senate expects to vote on healthcare this week. The USCCB and NETWORK have spoken forcefully against the senate Republican bill, and the religious women at NETWORK have written a letter to give to all the senators urging them to vote no.
Bishop Frank J. Dewane said of the Senate’s latest version of a healthcare bill, “At a time when tax cuts that would seem to benefit the wealthy and increases in other areas of federal spending, such as defense, are being contemplated, placing a ‘per capita cap’ on medical coverage for the poor is unconscionable.”
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.”