June 27, 2017
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Janine Walsh
Franciscan Action Network
Franciscan Action Network Vehemently Opposed to Senate Version of Better Care Reconciliation Act
Washington, D.C. - The Franciscan Action Network joins with the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Catholic Health Association of the United States and many other faith organizations in opposing the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Our faith calls us to maintain the fundamental tenet of human dignity and quality of life. Restricting access to care for anyone, but most especially the poor and vulnerable, is immoral and unethical.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Senate version of the bill will cause an estimated 22 million more people to be uninsured by the end of the coming decade and that two-thirds of the drop in health coverage would fall on low-income people who rely on Medicaid.
"Depending on God who knit each of us together in our mother's womb, we call an acknowledgement of our common human interdependence and responsibility of one to another, of government representatives to their people," said FAN board Vice President Fr. Mike Lasky. "This solidarity of concern for one and all is made strong when the individual threads of life issues, among these is health care, are woven together into a garment of life for the protection and comfort of us all, especially the poor, vulnerable and marginalized. The current Senate healthcare bill will effectively snap the thread of our right for universal health care thereby tearing the garment of life and unnecessarily exposing the poor and most vulnerable to the elements of harm and indifference."
The greatness of our nation is not measured on how wealthy the richest are, but rather how we care for the poorest.