The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have always maintained that access to healthcare is a basic human right and the policy “must protect human life and dignity, not threaten them, especially for the most voiceless and vulnerable.” In a recent statement by the USCCB on June 22, 2017, they emphasized that the draft proposed by the Senate “stands to cause disturbing damage to the human beings served by the social safety net.”
The USCCB also says “It must be clear now, however, that this proposal retains many of the fundamental defects of the House of Representatives-passed health care legislation, and even further compounds them. It is precisely the detrimental impact on the poor and vulnerable that makes the Senate draft unacceptable as written.” (USCCB Statement, June 22, 2017)
There is a particular concern regarding changes to Medicaid and the affects it will have on the most vulnerable members of our society. The proposed cuts primarily impact seniors in long-term care, children, and those with disabilities and addiction.
Please write to Senators Sherrod Brown and Ron Portman asking them to vote no on the draft Senate health care bill.