Catholic Principles for Healthcare Reform
Bp. William F. Murphy, Chairman, Committee Domestic Justice and Human Development, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, presented four principles in testimony before Congress on behalf of U.S. Catholic Bishops. How does the proposed legislation H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act measure up to these Catholic principles? Read Bishop Murphy's statement:
Study the Bill Itself:
America's Affordable Health Choices Act Section-by-Section Analysis.
Section-by-section summaries in clear language that help everyone understand the legislation. This is available on the House Energy and Commerce Committee's web site.
What's Wrong with America's Healthcare System
"Bill Moyers' Journal" (PBS) presents filmmaker Roger Weisberg's powerful new film on healthcare in America. "CRITICAL CONDITION" puts a human face to the 47 million uninsured in America. Watch this film (high-speed internet connection required) following families fighting illness without health coverage.
Faces of Health Care: A map with stories of those left behind by a broken health care system failing millions of Americans. www.catholicsinalliance.org
Theologians Urge Bishops to Speak with United Voice on Health Care. Statement by over 40 Catholic theologians and leaders. Read here
The Bill: H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act Section-by-Section Analysis. H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act Section-by-Section Analysis. Section-by-section summaries in clear language that help everyone understand the legislation available on the House Energy and Commerce Committee's website.
The Misrepresentations of the Bill. As health care reform legislation continues to be debated in Washington and around the country, there is a lot of misinformation about the implications and intents of reform. "Myth v. Reality on Health Care Reform"
Health Care Questions and Answers.
A handy reference that answers frequently-asked questions about HR 3200.
Question: Will health reform force all Americans out of their private insurance plans and into a government-run plan?
Answer: No. If you like your insurance, you can keep it. H.R. 3200 builds on the employer-based coverage we have today. If your employer offers health insurance, you will continue to get your coverage through them. If your employer does not offer insurance, you will be able to purchase health coverage through an insurance "exchange," or online clearinghouse, which will offer a variety of private insurance plans as well as a "public option." This mirrors what federal employees and Members of Congress have.
For answers to many other questions like this go to the website of Rep. Mark Schauer, Michigan's District 7.