Heathcare reform tests our commitment

Despite enactment in March of the Affordable Care Act — more commonly known as federal healthcare reform — debate and confusion about it continue.  “Healthcare reform, as currently enacted and as it will no doubt be amended, tests our country’s commitment to the common good,” says Sister Doris Gottemoeller, RSM, senior vice president of mission and values integration at Catholic Healthcare Partners in Cincinnati, Ohio. ”It is a tangible expression of our ability to work together to achieve a social good that no group or state could achieve on its own. Effective reform will encourage both personal responsibility and concern for our neighbors, especially the poor and vulnerable.”

In his 1963 encyclical” Peace on Earth,” Pope John XXIII listed healthcare among the basic rights that flow from the sanctity and dignity of human life, and today the Catholic Health Association hasn’t wavered in its commitment to reform. To read remarks by Sister Carol Keehan, DC, president, and fund further information visit here.

The Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organization focusing on U.S. healthcare issues has released a nine-minute animated video entitled “Health Reform Hits Main Street” that explains the new law in simple terms. It can be viewed here.

Editor’s note:  This article was first published in the January 24th weekly newsletter of the Sisters of Mercy South Central Community.

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