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Health Care Reform - where are we now?

Posted by marriageretreats on September 16, 2009 at 4:28 PM Comments comments (1)


There is a good overview of the current health care debate on the Plain Views (an e-newsletter for chaplains and spiritual care providers) web site: 

Health Care Reform: A Compendium of Key Issues for Religious Leaders.

On September 10th, following on the President's address to the joint session of the Congress, HealthCare Chaplaincy's President and CEO, The Rev. Walter J. Smith, S.J., Ph.D., had the opportunity to deliver this document to the Partnership of Faith, a gathering of New York City religious leaders. Click here to read. We hope you find it useful.

The author's conclusion about the outcome of this debate is expressed in what he calls his Crystal Ball Prediction:

Some consensus will emerge and I think some legislation will pass and be signed into law, but it may turn out to be more of an engine tune-up than an engine overhaul. Nonetheless, I think we?ll have the biggest health care legislation since 1965, but I don?t think it will be as sweeping as earlier Congressional efforts seemed to predict.

The wrong issue to pursue

Posted by marriageretreats on August 20, 2009 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (1)


The question of federal funding of abortion is the wrong issue taken up by pro-life activists and it is the wrong issue to pursue.

The very crowd that wants to drive people into the private insurance companies' hands are driving them into private insurance policies that do cover abortion. An abortion cost $300, giving birth costs $3,000. Which procedure would the insurance companies prefer to pay for? And the costs of medical care for the woman and child post birth can cost tens of thousands of dollars over the next few years.

Why all the worry about subsidies funding abortion when nearly all citizens that pay insurance companies for insurance fund abortions! That includes Catholic Orders, Catholic institutions, Catholic business men, and Catholics who work for health insurance companies. The federal funding abortion question seems to me to be mainly an obstruction to divert people into the private funding of abortion and its huge profit potentials!

While there is a hope that the administration sincerely wants to reduce the number of abortions - and doctors of the public health care might advice pregnant mothers about the possibilities to get help to raise their child, private insurers by the very nature of their enterprise are driven with the intention to make their bottom line better, that is to increase the profits and to decrease the expenses - the money which is paid for care - so they are motivated much more to fund abortions that are 100 times less expensive then births (not to speak about the health cost of raising a child).