The Catholic Health Association (CHA)--which broke with the nation’s bishops by supporting health-care legislation passed in March 2010--has expressed its concern about a new mandate that requires private insurers to provide women with coverage for FDA-approved contraception.
A “religious employer” is exempt from the requirement only if it “primarily serves persons who share its religious tenets”-- effectively preventing Catholic hospitals from making use of the exemption.
“CHA is very concerned about the inadequacy of the conscience protections with respect to the coverage of contraception,” the organization stated. “As it stands, the language is not broad enough to protect our Catholic health providers. Catholic hospitals are a significant part of this nation's health care, especially in the care of the most vulnerable. It is critical that we be allowed to serve our nation without compromising our conscience.”
The association also stated it would also seek to demonstrate that some of the contraceptives covered under the mandate have an abortifacient effect.
“We appreciate that the Administration does not intend to include abortifacient drugs as covered contraception,” the association stated. “Our comments will address our concerns about the mechanism of action of certain FDA-approved contraceptive drugs.” (Emphasis ours)
Here is an interesting dilemma; Keehan already did everything she could do to undermine the Bishops; still is. She also stood up as approving the abortion performed at St Joseph's Hospital in Arizona. She has not specifically said that the CHA would NOT go along with the new mandates, only that she hoped the conscience protections would be afforded and expanded. Is she for real or does she think no one remembers her Satanic Sell-out? Here is the link to their own press release. Please read it carefully and then see whether or not she really thinks this is all bad. Catholic Hospital Assoc.
Located on the Catholic Culture Site are many different topics that can help you understand your Catholic Faith that much better, but for this one, there are a couple of comments that I would like to post here that were in response to the Keehan fiasco.
- Posted by: dover beachcomber - Aug. 03, 2011 5:33 PM ET USA I predict they'll get over their concern in due time.
- Posted by: Antigone - Aug. 03, 2011 4:48 PM ET USA They're "concerned" now? And what about all the Catholics who were warning them not to support ObamaCare? Now they're reaping what they've sown, but it's worse than that because we're all paying the price for their foolishness.
- Posted by: DrJazz - Aug. 03, 2011 8:17 AM ET USA Sister Carol doesn't seem to get it. She is "both pleased and concerned" about the HHS regulations. She likes this one, doesn't like that one. Memo to Sister Carol: HHS and Sebelius aren't changing any regulations for you. They don't care what you think; they got what they needed from you last year.
Oh, yeah...as for that "Executive Order?" Not worth the paper it was printed on. Time to clean house folks and get rid of all incumbents that have been there more than this term...at least the "Tea Partiers" have tried to keep them honest, even if they haven't succeeded.
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