PA Catholic hospital closings a sign of things to come, unless we take action!

The bad consequences of Obamacare are on full display in Pennsylvania, but the lessons that the situation provides should motivate us all into taking action nationwide.

Jeffrey Lord at American Spectator has done us all a service by calling attention to the scandal in PA:

Can you say “October Surprise”? A mushrooming political battle over ObamaCare involving the White House, two incumbent Pennsylvania congressmen, three Catholic hospitals and a nun has just exploded in, of all places, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Charges from the Scranton medical community of intimidation by the Obama White House and its allies are filling the air. 

It is a long, complex story, which I encourage you to read, but I’ll summarize as briefly as I can:

  • 3 Scranton-area Catholic Hospitals are shutting down because of Obamacare regulations that are set to go into effect soon. The CEO of the hospitals, Kevin Cook, is on record saying Obamacare is “absolutely” responsible for their painful decision to shut down. There’s a strong posibility the hospitals will be sold to a secular organization which would perform procedures against Catholic teaching. In other words, it is becoming more and more difficult for Catholics to have access to ethical health care.
  • Sr. Carol Keehan – the nun and President of the Catholic Health Association, who famously received a “thank you pen” from President Obama for her work in turning Catholic congressman to give up their opposition to Obamacare, has been trying to bully Kevin Cook into changing his story about why his hospitals are closing, because she knows what a political powder keg the headline “Catholic hospitals closing because of Obamacare” will be in this critical election season
  • CatholicVote has entered the fray: we’ve recorded a powerful radio ad to air in the Scranton market, so that Catholics and other citizens can know about the harmful consequences of Obamacare in their own district. Congressmen Paul Kanjorski and Chris Carney both voted for Obamacare, and both are facing tough challenges from pro-life alternatives this November.

Here’s what you can do to help our mission to educate Catholics and other citizens about the harmful consequences of Obamacare, and about the need to elect responsible, pro-life representatives….

1. Watch the ad

2. Help us with a small (or large!) donation so we can buy airtime for the ad by clicking HERE.

3. Share this message with your friends and family!

I believe this story is important because it shows in real-life terms that the flawed legislation pushed through Congress and signed into law by President Obama is already hurting the quality of health care offered in this country, and especially hurting Catholic hosptials. It is therefore especially scandelous that some high-profile Catholics, such as Sister Keehan, continue to attempt to obfuscate the truth of the matter because of ideological commitments. Again, I would encourage you to read Jeffrey Lord’s full exposition of this story.

Let’s stop what is happening in PA from happening to other Catholic hospitals across our country!



  • Stephen Powers

    I had an emergency appendectomy at a Catholic hospital in Oregon. The operation was a success but I almost died. I went into the ER at 1 pm and didn’t go into the OR until 8:30pm. I woke in the ICU at 11:30pm.

    I have had problems since the rupture occurred almost 48 hours before I was operated on. After 5 days, I can say that the staff was nice and the food was probably a little better than what you expect in a hospital. The beds were extremely uncomforable. The care overall was Ok. I survived and that is the important point.

    I am not impressed with this ad as Domenic said, there is no reason given for the Hospital’s decision to close. I can guess but I would rather the ad tell me straight out. The part of “How you can help” is interesting. 1. Read the ad 2. Send money 3. forward to your friends so they can 1. Read the ad, 2. Send money, and 3. forward to their friends. Well, I don’t plan to do any such thing.

    I am tired of being told how to vote by my church and if they insist on doing this, then the church needs to be taxed.

  • charlie

    This is outragous!!1 we as believers in Christ cannot tolerate obama using tax payer money to fund the killing of unborn babies

    • Stephen Powers

      I might have guessed this was the case but the article does not give us any reason. The article states that ObamaCare is not the only reason for closing the hospitals. I cannot imagine the state forcing a religion to do what want is clearly against it’s doctrine. The hospitals can remain and people should understand that if they want an abortion, they should not go to the Catholic Hospital.

  • Joe Spratt

    Does Sr Keehan still feel that Obamacare does not allow for use of Public Funds for Abortions? This was her point in support of it.

    Since being approved and details able to be read it has been determined to definitely allow for public funding of abortions. Has she publicly changed her viewpoint?

    If not, how does she respond to the fact that it does or can? What is going on with her?

    Joe S.

  • Joseph

    I have to agree with the majority here. It’s one thing to repeat the “absolutely” statement several times and entirely different to give a reason why Obamacare would be responsible for these sales. This is my first visit to this site, I heard it referenced on EWTN radio, and unfortunately I’m not impressed by the tactics used in presenting this story and can’t see returning to the site.

  • Ellen Osbourne

    Kevin Cook, in an interview today with our local news station, stated he’s quite upset with his comments being used for political purposes.
    The healthcare changes are only one factor in his decision to seek a buyer. This hospital group has been having trouble for years. There was no such thing as OBAMACARE when their troubles started.
    Shouldn’t you people be in favor of healtcare reform? Don’t you think people with pre-existing conditions should be covered? Do you think it’s right that an insurance company can drop coverage when you’re being treated for cancer? What do you think Jesus would say?
    It’s all well and good for church organization to take action helping the poor, but I don’t think they’d be too good at heart surgery or oncology.
    Who funds your group? The healthcare industry?

    • Scott W.

      You are assuming that being against Obamacare is equivalent to being against people getting the medical help they need. That’s a pretty unfair characterization. Also, please try to refrain from using the holy name of Our Lord as a club for scoring rhetorical points. I’ll assume that wasn’t your intention, but this is an awful practice that has cropped up in recent years and employed by people of all ideological stripes.



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