For decades, the Catholic bishops have advocated for quality, accessible and affordable health care for all.
"Health care is not just another issue for the Church. It is a fundamental issue of human life and dignity."—Hill Notes, USCCB, 2011
The bishops believe health care policy should be supported that:
"Providing affordable and accessible health care that clearly reflects these fundamental criteria is a public good, moral imperative and urgent national priority."
"Whether people are serving the poor elderly, like the Little Sisters of the Poor, or running a family business, like the Greens, the government should recognize that human dignity by allowing people to live out their faith absent a very strong reason...The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) guarantees this protection. Thank God for RFRA."—Archbishop Joseph Kurtz
The Catholic tradition affirms that health care is a basic right flowing from the sanctity and dignity of human life. Millions of Americans continue to go without health care coverage in our nation. Over 48 million people lack health insurance.
As provisions of the Affordable Care Act are implemented the uninsured rate has dropped some. The provision to expand Medicaid in the Affordable Care Act is expected to have the one of largest impacts on reducing the number of insured along with the creation of the health insurance exchanges.
Although the law mandated that states expand their Medicaid coverage to most people living at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2012 removed the mandated expansion and gave states the option of expanding eligibility for their Medicaid programs.
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