RELEASE: Catholic Vote Critical in Quest to Repeal Obamacare

Contact: Joshua Mercer,

Catholic Vote Critical in Quest to Repeal Obamacare

CHICAGO—Brian Burch, President of, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the individual insurance mandate as a tax, holding that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.

The power to overturn this legislation now rests with the American people, who opposed this law from day one. Given the power wielded by Catholics in every election, the election of a pro-freedom President and Senate must now become the number one political goal of every Catholic voter in America.

“Only with a new President and a new Senate can Americans eliminate this horrific healthcare law and start fresh with true health care reform, rooted in moral principles and sound economics.

“Catholics must remain vigilant. The notorious HHS mandate remains in place. Catholic voters must realize that the religious liberties of Catholic hospitals, schools and charities – including private businesses – remain endangered.

“Today’s court decision is a reminder that Catholics must continue the campaign called the Fortnight for Freedom started by our Catholic Bishops. The Bishops have asked all Catholics to study, pray and engage in public action. And is dedicated to help Catholics with voter registration, contacting Congress and voting this November for candidates who support life and religious liberty.”

Background on was launched in September 2008 as a new effort to educate, organize, and mobilize the Catholic vote. The national group was responsible for one of the most watched online commercials during the 2008 presidential campaign, watched by nearly 3 million viewers on YouTube alone. The group also received national attention for a second life-affirming viral ad depicting ultrasound images celebrating the life of President Obama. The popular website hosts the award winning American Papist blog, along with other political commentary relevant to Catholic voters. The organization regularly communicates with nearly 600,000 email subscribers and supporters.




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  • Chrysologus

    How do you reconcile your statement that Catholics “must” work to elect a president who will repeal the ACA with the USCCB’s statement calling for a three-part fixing of the law, rather than a repeal? Granted, you may disagree with their assessment, but the word “must” implies that Catholics are somehow obligated to agree with you that the ACA must be repealed, which is clearly not the case. The rhetoric of your statement is dishonest, in my opinion.

    • Micha Elyi

      “How do you reconcile your statement… with the USCCB’s statement…?”

      The USCCB is made up of clergy, not laity and politics is the province of the laity.

      Am I saying the USCCB has blundered again? Well, about that just let me humbly say I report and you decide.

  • Catholic Seminarian

    I suggest the organizers of read today’s press release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    Although the USCCB does not support repeal of health reform, it has identified flaws in the legislation as it stands now. Let us follow the tone of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on this important issue. The USCCB, by the way, has been committed to health care reform for decades…let’s find out why, maybe we can learn something.

  • tz1

    Your manSantorum said every good Catholic had to vote for Spectre. That got us Roberts and Obamacare – Spectre voted for both. I don’t know what you are complaining about since everything is pragmatic and negotiable and there are no principles.

  • Kurt

    What are the chances that before the election the bishops will say, even once, that Obamacare should be repealed?


      The bishops are in favor of universal health coverage. It is the specific HHS rule re: contraception coverage they object to. The optimal outcome for them is that the ACA stays in place but by negotiation or litigation, the HHS rule falls.

      • Kurt


        Don’t you think that undercuts the efforts to rally the Catholic vote in the quest to repeal Obamacare? It seems an appeal to simple secular conservative principles would be more effective.

      • Micha Elyi

        “The bishops are in favor of universal health coverage…”


        Let me guess, they went to seminary because – like lawyers and wannabee community activists – they wanted to avoid those icky math classes economists, engineers, physicians, nurses, and a whole bunch of other peole who make a functioning health care system possible are expected to take – and pass.

  • Braden

    Given that the “moral principles” this site has endorsed in the Ryan plan include no coverage of pre-existing conditions…you don’t really have a lot of credibility on this one.

    • Joe M

      Braden. The Ryan Plan does address pre-existing conditions via high-risk pools. Have you not read it?

      • Braden

        Oh yes. High-risk pools, with no explanation of how insurance companies will be convinced to participate, since they don’t have to. What, is the government going to subsidize them to participate? That would be socialism, as you have espoused many times on this site. And still no GUARANTEE of coverage. And, of course, the result will be higher premiums to be in a high-risk pool.

        • Joe M

          Braden. Why do you criticize something that you clearly haven’t read? — The Ryan Plan sets up state run high-risk pools. No private insurance participation needed. The state will have the voucher premiums to run the plan with. The additional amount needed would be subsidized. — I’m going to assume that you meant to use a word other than “espoused” here. And I’m also going to ignore that, while I am conservative, I don’t recall using the word socialism “many times”. — Whatever label you want to put on it, I think that high-risk pools are an efficient way to specifically help people in need without damaging the free market principles that help drive over-all healthcare costs down. It’s a win-win. A true safety net that covers all people and lower prices. What is your complaint about it?

    • Harold

      I agree with you, Braden. I am a devout and practicing Catholic. This site does NOT speak for me. I’m with the bishops: Fix AND KEEP the ACA.



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