Catholic Bishops Gives Thumbs Down to Health Care Bill

Posted on June 27, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gave a firm thumbs down to the Senate health care bill after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office announced yesterday that this latest draft would leave 22 million more people without insurance.

"The loss of affordable access for millions of people is simply unacceptable," says Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.  “These are real families who need and deserve health care.”

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These changes (proposed by the Senate) will wreak havoc on low-income families and struggling communities,” Bishop Dewane said.

He is joined by fellow bishops including our own Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, who sent a letter to the Senate earlier this month.

Those without a strong voice in the process must not bear the brunt of attempts to cut costs,” Cardinal Dolan wrote.

Check out the USCCB's recent comments on the proposed health care bill and more.
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