Monday, October 12, 2009

Catholic Bishops: No Public Abortion Funding

And it's not just the issue of taxpayer-funded abortion, it's the cost itself. Top news this morning:

A major new report confirms the worst fears of many: Health care reform will raise the costs for most Americans—by about 18% on average. That is on top of existing inflation of health coverage.

Once the plan is fully phased-in (by 2019), a typical family of four would pay an extra $4,000 each year.

When combined with existing inflation, costs would rise from today’s $12,300 annual average to $25,900. Of that 111% increase, $9,600 is due to existing factors uncorrected by the legislation, and $4,000 due to additional costs created by the legislation.

Despite the administration attempting to obfuscate the issue, there is no question bills on the table would fund abortions-- a sticking point for Catholics and Catholic healthcare providers. It's a matter of conscience. Chicago's Cardinal George, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Video. Current health bill unacceptable, Catholic bishops say.

Cardinal George's recent interview with CBS2Chicago here. The Cardinal's new book is called The Difference God Makes.

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