Bishops Voice Abortion Concerns Over Affordable Care Act
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Catholic News Agency - published on 04/08/14
"The precedent set by the HHS mandate could require people to have abortion in their coverage down the road," he warned, citing arguments by the government from a March 25 Supreme Court case.
In addition, the law does not provide adequate coverage for immigrants- particularly those who are undocumented, Doerflinger said.
"People have a right to basic healthcare, not because they’re citizens, but because they’re human beings," he said. "Society’s obligation to those who cannot help themselves extends to those who are newly in our country as well."
He added that excluding immigrants from health care protection, even if they pay for it, is "so short sighted," because allowing immigrants to receive health care coverage from their employers or to allow them to buy it for themselves makes "good economic sense."
With no health care coverage, "immigrant families can’t do anything except to fall on the emergency rooms and get care when they are most direly in need," he said, adding that taxpayers will pay for this emergency care "and it’s much more expensive than just letting people buy insurance."
In general, Doerflinger said, "the bishops are very supportive of universal health coverage."
"If not for these moral problems, we might have been able to support this act," he added.
However, "things that are really not healthcare at all, like abortion, are getting elevated to this status."
"At that point we really have to say, ‘this has taken a wrong turn.’"
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