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CHA spent over $1 million lobbying for Obamacare March 16, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, scandals, Society.

I don’t think anyone will be too surprised, but it’s good to know the actual amount.   CatholicCulture.org has reported that the Catholic Health Association has spent over $1 million lobbying in favor of Obamacare.  But since Sr. Carol Keehan is compensated at over $850,000 per year, perhaps she paid for most of that effort, in her ongoing dedication to social justice causes. 

The Catholic Hospital’s Association is a trade organization.  They ostensibly represent the interests of over 600 Church affiliated hospitals in the United States.  Some of the members of CHA, like Catholic Health West, are very profitable, even though they are designated, and taxed, as non-profits.   Irrespective, the problem with CHA’s endorsement of Obamacare, or whatever you want to call the current health insurance takeover effort in Washington, is that they are constantly being quoted in the press as some official arm of the USCCB, and hence seem to give the approval of the Church to this very bad legislation.  At the very least, they cause scandal and confusion among the faithful in their open opposition to the bishops, who have denounced this legislation as being inimical to Catholic moral doctrine on a number of levels (and this, in spite of many of the bishops having a great desire to see some form of health care legislation enacted).   CHA is, as an independent organization, free to lobby as it wishes, but as an organization that trades on its affiliation with the Church, and which claims to uphold all the doctrine of the Church, it is beyond unfortunate that they have chosen to strongly endorse legislation that the USCCB, many individual bishops, and all legitimate pro-life organizations have opposed to the utmost of their ability. 

One additional interesting factor: Michael Rodgers, the CHA senior vice president for public policy and the head of their lobbying effort, in 2008 contributed $2000 to the campaign of Judy Feder, a pro-abort candidate for Congress, who was running against a candidate with a 100% pro-life voting record.  As I said, in the seamless garment, some threads are more important than others.

UPDATE: Creative Minority Report agrees with me.  So does First Things. Creative Minority Report calls Sr. Keehan “not a daughter of charity, she’s a daughter of death.”

h/t www.culturewarenotes.com

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