I’ve written before about the danger posed to the identity of Catholic hospitals when budget constraints force them to merge with secular hospitals. During the fight to pass Obamacare, Democrats routinely accused Catholics of valuing their (anti)abortion views over the needs of poor people.
However, after the passage of Obamacare, Democrats have time and time again done precisely the same thing: dictating that their pro-abortion ideology should be a litmus test for whether or not they choose to fund Catholic health care institutions which serve the poor:
Louisville Metro Government is delaying an $803,000 payment to University Hospital to fund medical care for poor people this month because of some council members’ concerns over the hospital’s proposed merger.
Hospital spokesman David McArthur said he could not say Monday night if care for the poor would be affected without the money.
The payment was held up Monday when four Democrats on the council’s Budget Committee voted to table the issue over University’s proposed merger with Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and St. Joseph Health System in Lexington, owned by Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives.
The four — Tina Ward-Pugh, Vicki Welch, Cheri Bryant Hamilton and Rick Blackwell — said the city should not make its payment until it is clear that the merged hospital systems would provide reproductive care, health benefits for gay or lesbian employees, and visitation rights for domestic partners. [The Courier-Journal]
At least these Democrats are being honest about where their priorities are.