Catholic voters applaud repeal of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

We sent out the following release after the House voted 245-189 to repeal the health care law.

Catholic Voters Applaud Repeal of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

CHICAGO – President Brian Burch applauded the bipartisan vote Wednesday evening by the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

“The vote tonight by the U.S. House of Representatives to roll back the disastrous health care law is a victory for Catholics and all Americans,” said Brian Burch, President of “While some have persuasively argued that certain provisions of the law are worth keeping, the harms done by this bill far outweigh any good that may come from it.  We are convinced the country would be better off by scrapping this law and starting over.” vigorously opposed the health care law during the contentious debate last year, arguing that the law contained loopholes permitting taxpayer subsidized abortion coverage, threats to conscience, and threats to health care provider and patient freedoms.

“While the bill appears to be headed into a Democrat roadblock in the Senate, the House vote was an important first step in setting the stage for a series of debates on the health care law and other policies. Americans are looking for new solutions to our nation’s ills, and the answers are to be found in the American people, not a federal bureaucracy,” continued Burch.

“The vote was especially important to Catholics given the Church’s teaching on subsidiarity. Catholic social teaching holds that human dignity requires that matters ought to be handled by the lowest or smallest competent authority in society. This means that, where possible, solutions to our health care needs and other reforms should aim first at empowering individuals, families, churches, and local communities, charities and health care centers. The federal health care bill did the opposite, stripping individuals and individual doctors of freedoms, imposing new regulations and mandates that will inevitably result in decidedly diminished care for rich and poor alike,” said Burch.

“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act should be repealed not only because it funds abortion, but also because the bill itself is an assault on the dignity, creativity, and charitable potential of America. We can do better, and we must,” said Burch.




  • Gregg

    The Catholic Voter does not represent me at all. It does not represent the Catholic Church either since Universal Health Care for all has been a long time position of the Catholic Church just like the pro life position has.
    Last year in Holy Cross, Kentucky, the priest at the homily spoke about how health insurance for all Americans is as important part of the Catholic Churchs position as the pro life position.
    I am shocked and disgusted that the Catholic Voter has endorsed the repeal of Health Insurance reform without offering any ideas to fix the problem. How narrow minded and arrogant.
    Obviously Brian Burch and others at the CV have health insurance for themselves, their families and their assets. Not everyone works for the government, a union or a big company. Many people like myself are self employed or work in small businesses. Many of those who are self employed or work at small businesses do not have health insurance because like in my case, I have a daughter who has a preexisting condition. Thus I could lose everything I have if there is a major problem.
    I have lost total confidence in anything the CV says anymore. Anyone who is willing to say 50 million people do not have the right to protect themselves and their families is either lacking in a moral compass or arrogant and narrow minded. Especially when they do not even offer ideas to solve the problems. Either way, I do not want to associate with people like that.
    It is not Christian and it is surely not Catholic. I am disgusted with the CV.

    • Amanda

      Gregg, I understand your feelings about being frustrated with wanting health care but not being able to afford it, especially when you have a family member with a pre-existing condition. However, I also do not think the way to fix this problem is through this bill. There is a group of people in the US that want Health care but can’t afford it because they make to much money for the Medicare/Medicade, but not enough to buy it themselves, I believe that real number is 17 million, the 50 you stated includes illegals (who in theory wouldn’t get all medical insurance under this bill anyway) and those who could have insurance but choose not to get it because they want to self insure (mainly those in their 20’s because they think they are invincible). So the best way to take care of those who fall in between is to come up with a way to help them…not force EVERYONE else to basically pay health care twice or what it would really do force everyone to one insurance plan because only the extremely rich will be able to afford the actual health care. Maybe the government should sponser those with pre-exisiting conditions. But you have to understand that insurance companies are just like any other company, they want to make a profit, if you have a pre-exisiting condition, your chances of using a lot of money goes up. I think we reform in the form of health care torts, but we don’t need a whole brand new law that basically is trying to be like Canada and England, the reason their health care system works (sort of) is because of their small numbers, to prove my point there are more people in the state of California than all of Canada. I think CV wants health care reform as much as anyone but making a bill of law just is not the way to accomplish that end when there are better quicker ways.

  • mburk

    Did CV see that one of their candidates, Dan Lipinski, voted against repeal? It seems odd that he would take such a courageous and difficult stand last year against the initial legislation and then vote against the repeal today.

    • Brian C

      I can see a consistent explanation for voting against the legislation last year and against the repeal yesterday: Prior to the bill becoming law, if one strongly opposes important parts of the legislation, one should vote against it.
      Once the bill is law, and good is coming from some aspects of the law (as referenced by cjcd), focus should be on amending the bill to address the objectionble aspects (as suggested by Andy K). Also, due to the virtual 100% chance that a repeal will be unsuccessful (due to senate votes and presidential veto power), it could be argued that the repeal vote is for show, and not worth the support of someone who has serious concerns about a portion (but not all) of the law.
      It could also be argued that in both votes, Lipinski knew his vote would displease a significant amount of his supporters, which could hardly be called uncourageous.

  • cjcd

    I am Catholic – and I do NOT support the repeal of this act. So many women, children, and families with whom I work have BENEFITED from this act. Children who have serious medical conditions are now receiving affordable medical services. Their mothers are rejoicing. I rejoice along with them. Why don’t any of us QUESTION WHY our country does not provide universal health care? It comes to this: we are a greedy country and afraid of change.

    • MJC

      Catholics should look to God and the Church when in need of assistance, not the federal government. Not wanting fellow Americans (or for that matter any persons) to become dependent upon government programs does not make opponents of the bill “greedy.” It reveals our love for man and our faith in God.

    • watchingfrom canada

      cj noone has benefittted from this act yet. the effects arent intended to come into being until 2014 , in the meantime taxes go up and the door gets wider on abortion and your country inches toward bankruptcy

    • Gregg

      Health Insurance has skyrocked and has no moral compass anymore since it was taken over by private industry back in the early 70s. When it was run by the nuns, it was in check.
      Those who are against health insurance reform already have it or are not on the edge like many Americans are.
      If everyone had to pay for their own health insurance and everyone got it the same way as everyone else, we would have real health insurance reform quickly and swiftly. But most Americans only care about themselves and do not care about the plight of others. I am seriously disappointed to see that the Catholic Voter is among this group. I will get out of this group. I am not that narrow minded and shallow.

  • Andy K

    There is no need for CV to be urging on repeal (especially begging us to get Senators Nelson and Casey to back it) when we are far more likely to get a fix vis a vis a Stupak amendment to the bill. Why not focus on getting those two Senators who DID support that amendment in the last congress to do so again? It will sure be far easier getting them to vote for THAT then to vote for repeal.



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