Catholic Bishops Are Urging Congress To Halt Obamacare Repeal

This article from The Huffington Post discusses how Catholic Bishops have been big critics of the Affordable Care Act in the past but are now asking Congress to delay its repeal. Bishops in the past have said that they would rather go to jail than support Obamacare. They have been strongly opposed to it due to the fact that it includes coverage of abortion and a birth control mandate, requiring employers to include contraception in health coverage for employees. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has formally requested that Congress delay in repealing Obamacare before having a viable alternative plan. The Congressional Budget Office has found that even just a partial repeal of Obamacare would result in 18 million currently insured people left without insurance. The head of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, says, “Particularly for those who would otherwise be required to use limited resources to meet basic needs such as food and shelter rather than seek medical care, the introduction of great uncertainty at this time would prove particularly devastating,”.  This opinion is not only held by U.S. Catholic Bishops, but by many Catholic nuns as well. I find it interesting that although they have opposed the Act in the past, they recognize that without the Act, millions will be uninsured and without access to healthcare and this is more concerning to them than their own agenda. The USCCB is putting the crucial needs of others above their own agenda, something not always common in politics.