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(From the Sept. 9, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)
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Regarding “Jesuit journal: U.S. health reform law is needed, long-awaited,” IR 6/10/10:
Since the article appeared, two Catholic leaders have received incredible cash and lauditory rewards from very strange bed-fellows; President Obama and Planned Parenthood. Sister Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Hospital Association ,which is an advocacy organization that represents Catholic hospitals and care facilities, was an invited guest to be present when President Obama signed the bill into law and even received one of the pens he used as a special reward for her persuasive visit to induce Blue Dog Democrats to pass this legislation. What was not revealed was that Sister Keehan is also a lobbyist for the Catholic Hospital Association and was paid $856,093 salary in 2006, up from the $654,915 she was paid in 2005. The National Catholic Report was unable to find out what she was paid in 2007 or 2008. Several other women’s Religious orders also pressured for this bill.
The other Catholic leader, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, just received an award from Planned Parenthood for her efforts in the passage of the Obama Health Care bill, especially because she proclaims to be a practicing Catholic. Planned Parenthood wanted this bill very badly as it was facing economic hardship with the reduction of some 2,100 abortion mills to some 1,500 currently as reported by Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life.
In the classic, Road to Serfdom, Friedrich Hayek carefully explains how well-intentioned people who are persuaded to turn to government to get things done are eventually betrayed. His insights might make Catholics think twice before deciding that we really want the government to run our healthcare system. Hayek wryly asks, if we want good people to be in charge, how come the bad people usually wind up running the joint? His answer; “They don’t get there by accident.” Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the Postal Service, which are under government control, are all in deep trouble. No one denies the needs of the 15 percent who do not have medical security must be addressed. Why does the whole system have to be changed?
Could it be that the Hospital Association saw an opportunity for more money? The New York Times reported that one of the “profit machines,” Ascension Health, a Catholic non-profit system with 65 hospitals in the Midwest and Northeast, showed a net profit of $1.2 billion in 2007 with cash and investments of $7.4 billion.
People come here for health care. They don’t go to Canada or Great Britain. In all categories of treatment of disease, the access to specialty treatment in the U.S. is three to five times sooner than in Canada or Great Britain.
As we find out more and more about this piece of legislation, a very deep suspicion of the motives of the Catholic Hospital Association will surface to paint a very ugly picture of complicity with Obama. To this date, at least 40 serious directives in the bill have surfaced to spell disaster for medical professionals and those seeking treatment. For the CHA and Planned Parenthood money is paramount. It is all about Money.
Victor Carnell, Spokane
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