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 – CatholicVote.org 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 CatholicVote.org. “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.”
CatholicVote.org 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“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act should be repealed not only because it funds abortion, but also because the bill itself is an assault on the dignity, creativity, and charitable potential of America.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.