This Kills

On Monday, Jay Carney made the claim that “the bishops . . . never supported health-care reform to begin with.”

No, Mr. Carney, the bishops’ have long been proponents of health-care reform and “universal health care.” Killing is an issue, however. They don’t buy into your ruse that abortion is a fundamental health-care right. And thank God for that.

Or, as Bishop Stephen Blaire, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, put it yesterday: “Since 1919, the United States Catholic bishops have supported decent health care for all and government and private action to advance this essential goal. Long before the current battles, the Catholic Church was persistently and consistently advocating for this overdue national priority.”

His statement went on:

In the recent health care debate the USCCB called universal and affordable health care “an urgent national priority and moral imperative.” The USCCB’s criteria insisted reform should be truly universal, protect human life and conscience and not discriminate against immigrants. “The USCCB opposed the final legislation because it failed this test, a judgment sadly but clearly borne out by the failure of the law and the recent regulation to protect conscience and religious liberty,” explained Bishop Blaire.

“I hope those who made or repeated this false statement will correct the record and report the bishops’ long and consistent record of support for health care which protects the life, dignity and consciences of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.”

Never mind the rich history of Catholic health care in the United States. This administration really has some nerve. But when it’s willing to curb religious liberty so we’ll submit to its ideology, what’s sacrificing a little truth, really? 

Kathryn Jean Lopez — Kathryn Jean Lopez is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and an editor-at-large of National Review. Sign up for her weekly NRI newsletter here. This column is based on one available through Andrews McMeel Universal’s Newspaper Enterprise Association.

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