Affordable medicine that respects Catholic values

New ways to deliver Christ-centered health care discussed at Respect Life Conference on “Restoring Affordable Catholic Healthcare” in San Francisco

The state of health care in the U.S. is in flux, but no matter where the nation’s laws and regulations end up, a small group of Catholic health care innovators are plunging ahead with solutions aimed at offering individualized, affordable medicine that respects Catholic values. That’s a tall order, as speakers at the archdiocesan Respect Life Conference on “Restoring … [Read more...]

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US bishops unhappy with Obamacare repeal bill passed by House

Bishop Frank J. Dewane, chairman of U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on Senate to strip out 'the harmful provisions of the bill'

The House passed a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a replacement health care bill on Thursday, but one bishop warned that the new bill poses serious problems for the vulnerable. Bishop Frank Dewane, chair of the domestic justice committee for the U.S. bishops' conference, said the legislation “still contains major defects, particularly regarding changes to Medicaid that … [Read more...]

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Will editing your baby’s genes soon become mandatory?

Writer predicts that in the near future the United States will arrest, try, and convict parents who refuse to edit the genes of their child before birth

Designing a baby, or editing the genes of an unborn child, strikes many as risky, unseemly, unnatural, unethical, or likely to lead to a dystopian future of one sort or another. Still, I predict that within my lifetime, the United States will arrest, try, and convict some parents for refusing to edit the genes of their child before he or she is born. Legislative majorities do … [Read more...]

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Evan Minton sues Mercy hospital in Carmichael for refusing hysterectomy

“It devastated me"

The following comes from an Apr. 20 story in the Sacramento Bee. More than seven months after a Dignity Health hospital refused a hysterectomy to a Sacramento-area transgender patient, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday on his behalf. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that Dignity discriminated against Evan … [Read more...]

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San Francisco archdiocese ordered to pay $3 million in health care costs

Archdiocesan spokesman: “We don’t concede we are in violation"

City officials have ordered the San Francisco Roman Catholic Archdiocese to pay nearly $3 million in health care costs for more than 1,000 employees after finding that it failed to make years of payments required by a pioneering local health care law. San Francisco has also assessed the archdiocese $113,000 in penalties. “It’s important for us to ensure that workers are … [Read more...]

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US bishops: Replace before repeal

Once foes of Obamacare, USCCB now urging Congress to ensure Americans who need healthcare are covered before law is revoked

Any changes to health care law under the new administration should not abandon the principal of genuinely affordable health care for everyone, said the U.S. bishops in a letter to Congress. In American policy, they said, “we must not see health care as a luxury, but as a necessary building block to help individuals and families thrive and contribute to the good of the … [Read more...]

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Obama’s parting gift to Big Abortion

New HHS regulation barring states from denying funds to Planned Parenthood takes effect two days before the inauguration of Donald Trump

The following comes from a December 16 Catholic News Agency article by Matt Hadro: States cannot keep federal grants away from Planned Parenthood clinics, the Obama administration ruled on Wednesday in a move that critics say is a “parting gift to Big Abortion.” “The Obama administration, even in its waning hours, has chosen to put Planned Parenthood’s Big Abortion … [Read more...]

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