Republican "replacement" health plan would lead to millions of uninsured and thousands of deaths

A new Republican health care plan, released Monday as an ostensible replacement for the Affordable Care Act, would cruelly shift most costs for coverage of poor people to individual states. Millions of people will be thrown off their health insurance, and new research suggests that thousands of people are likely to die as a result of health care rationing or limited access to routine care. Pope Francis and Pope Benedict have called basic health care a human right, and these efforts to take away insurance from the most vulnerable in society is hateful in the extreme. more »


Pence to be honored at Notre Dame Commencement

Steering clear of the disruption that a Trump commencement speech would have caused, President Fr. John Jenkins instead invited the former governor of Indiana to deliver a speech that has normally been given by the new president of the US. Pence is a former Catholic who has fought against accepting Syrian refugees in his state, and who was responsible for a mini-HIV epidemic when he opposed public health measures to stem the spread of HIV through IV drug use. more »
Trump's health secretary wants to undermine access to care, and enrich himself in the process

Former Congressman Tom Price is an orthopedic surgeon who invests in healthcare stocks. While personally enriching himself, he was proposing legislation to make the same companies richer too. Not surprising then that his chief policy goal is to throw millions of people off their health insurance. more »

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Please Read: US Catholic Bishops' "Faithful Citizenship"

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"He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness. He will always be by our side...[May he] be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

Sen Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Friday, March 24, 2017

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

First Inaugural Address, President Barack Obama


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