The progressive element of the American Catholic Church may have unwittingly(?) played into the hands of those seeking to further expand the intrusive
growth of government into every aspect of our lives.
The following article points out how the Catholic Bishops insistance on a Pro-life amendment in the House version of the bill helped ensure the
bill's final passage.
Accuracy in Media
A lot is being said and written about why national health care legislation is becoming a reality. The simple fact, available for all to see, is that
the U.S. Catholic Bishops ensured passage of the bill in the House, enabling the Senate to move forward with its version.
Like "progressive" strategist Robert B. Creamer, the Bishops believe that health care is a right to be guaranteed by government. This position has
driven the debate and has rarely been challenged by Republicans. The debate over abortion has been mostly a diversion. Perhaps it has been planned
The only real chance of defeating the health care legislation came when the bill was lacking a majority of votes for passage in the House. That's
when the first deal was made. This was the deal that made all other deals possible. Acting at the behest of Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and
the Catholic Bishops, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to a vote on the pro-life amendment introduced by Rep. Bart Stupak. It passed and then the
bill itself was approved.
But why did Republicans vote for the Stupak amendment if they opposed the basic premise of the bill? House Republican Leader Rep. John Boehner got his
marching orders as well. He was told by Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, that the Republicans shouldn't
scuttle the Stupak amendment.
The Senate then proceeded to pass its own version of the legislation, without the Stupak language. Predictably, Stupak is complaining about that. But
he-and the Democrats and Republicans who voted for his amendment-only have themselves to blame. At least five lobbyists for the Bishops worked with
Pelosi and Stupak on the deal that is now also predictably falling apart. Clearly, the pro-life deal was a ploy designed to keep the legislation
It has become apparent to some observers that the Bishops want the legislation to pass, with or without abortion language, because of its perceived
impact on 600 Catholic hospitals. As they say in their own document, "Catholic dioceses, parishes, schools, agencies, and hospitals are major
purchasers of insurance and health care. The rapidly escalating costs of coverage are impacting almost every diocese, agency, parish, and school."
In other words, the Bishops see national health care legislation as a way to reduce their own costs. In addition, by expanding federally-subsidized
health care to as many as 30 million people, many of whom might normally depend on Catholic hospitals for inexpensive or free care, the Catholic
Bishops could save even more money.
"Sadly, the bishops have misunderstood the entire process, and now we will all pay," one conservative Catholic blogger points out. "They thought
they could influence our lawmakers to provide us a 'clean' government takeover of the nation's health care system, 'clean' in the sense they
hoped this 'reform' would include strong conscience protections while defunding abortion, without objecting to the basic premise of unprecedented
It is interesting and newsworthy that, as the nation prepares to celebrate Christmas, we are witnesses to the passage of legislation promoted in part
by elements of the "faith community" who have put most of their faith in the federal government and its mammon.
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The Pro-life Amendment was not adopted in the Senate version and who will be suprised if it doesn't end up in the final version?
The question remains, were the Bishops duped or were they willing accomplices in selling out the American people?