John F. Kippley, Catholic author and co-founder of Natural Family Planning International, Inc., offered the following commentary on the current health care debate.
In favor of a Personal Responsibility Insurance Act
By John F. Kippley
It certainly seems like a good idea to me that everyone should have access to health care via insurance, that health insurance should be portable, and that the wide community should share the costs of catastrophic diseases and injuries. These are the points on which the topic of health care reform solicits great sympathy on the part of many Americans. There are, however, five huge problems.
1. First, there is the role of government and the danger of another unsustainable entitlement program.
2. Second is the cost of such reforms.
3. Third is greed on the part of more than a few physicians who have learned how to milk the system to the max.
4. The fourth problem is that in all of the many words I have read about the reform of health care and insurance, I have seen nothing about reducing the cost of health care by reducing the items paid for by insurance. For example, I have seen arguments that abortion should not be paid for by insurance that is paid for by taxpayers or even by others in the same insurance plan who are opposed to this grave moral evil. But it also should not be paid for by taxpayers or by group insurance simply because it is a purely elective item. Even the pro-abortionists like to talk about it as a “choice.” The same holds true for birth control devices and drugs. These are strictly matters of choice. They are entirely different from a disease caused by uninvited bacteria or injuries caused by an accident. There is no reason why the body politic or the members of a group insurance should be paying for these matter-of-choice items.
Obama’s Health Care Bill enlists the IRS as the healthcare enforcement agency. Byron York writes in The Washington Examiner, “Under the Democrats’ health care proposals, the already powerful — and already feared — IRS would wield even more power and extend its reach even further into the lives of ordinary Americans, and the presidentially-appointed head of the new health care bureaucracy would have access to confidential IRS information about millions of individual taxpayers. In short, health care reform, as currently envisioned by Democratic leaders, would be built on the foundation of an expanded and more intrusive IRS.”
It is a crisis in which the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are invoked against the religious consciences of the people. Government too often impedes religion by denying Americans their right to pray at civic gatherings, stripping religious symbols from the public square and banishing God to private life. We are in a crisis when government won’t allow families to protect their children from pornography, couples to protect marriage from being redefined or society to protect women and their children from the predatory clutches of the big business of abortion.
The Holy Father told the National Prayer Breakfast in 2000 that it is up to religious people to end this crisis. “I would go so far as to say that their task is to save democracy from self-destruction,” he said. “Democracy is our best opportunity to promote the values that will make the world a better place for everyone, but a society that exalts individual choice as the ultimate source of truth undermines the very foundations of democracy.“
We would argue this task falls to Catholics most of all.
After all, Catholic theology uniquely understands the interrelationship between natural law and divine revelation. Just as Thomas Aquinas was the great defender of both theology and common sense, Catholics today uniquely understand aspects of natural law the world has forgotten: Our teachings on abortion, marriage and even contraception are defenses of what man can know without revelation.
Second, Catholics are most responsible for the future of America because of sheer numbers. Immigration from Mexico and family sizes mean the old Protestant America is falling off a demographic cliff. Tomorrow’s America will no longer be white and Protestant but browner and Catholic.
And last, Catholics are most responsible for the future of America because we are the Church founded by Christ on the rock of Peter, the one Church that Christ promised would prevail against the gates of hell. Certainly, other Christian denominations rightly worship God, as the Second Vatican Council said. But Christ founded one Church, not many denominations, and that one Church is the one that carries God’s guarantee.
I just don’t see how Nancy Pelosi could possibly continue lying about this when the funding of abortion is pretty much the entire reason this awful bill can’t pass. How stupid do they think we are? Wait. Don’t anwer that.
Doug Johnson of National Right to Life wrote:
Speaker Pelosi has her own idiosyncratic dictionary, one in which federal agencies can pay for abortion on demand without spending “public funds” or “taxpayer funds” for abortion. In ordinary English, however, this is deceptive claptrap.
Kathleen McKinley at Right Wing News said:
Every version of the health-care bill has contained multiple pro-abortion mandates and federal subsidies for abortion, except for the version that was fixed by adoption of the Stupak-Pitts amendment. But Obama and Reid kept that provision out of the Senate bill. It had been used to get Stupak and other pro life Democrats (I love typing that..pro-life Democrats- music to my ears ) votes in the House, but then quickly dropped to satisfy abortion lobby. The final bill is the most pro-abortion piece of legislation since Roe v. Wade. It would result in direct federal funding of abortion through Community Health Centers, tax subsidies for private plans that cover abortion, and pro-abortion federal administrative mandates. When Obama said that no federal funds would be used to fund abortion, he was either flat out lying or he changed his mind. He should admit that now.
I think that the Democrats have had the media in their pocket for so long that they’ve believed that they can lie with impugnity and never get called on it. But it’s our job as bloggers and new media types to continue getting the word out that the people are being lied to.