Catholic leaders react to House bill to repeal, replace health care law

(CNS) Calling health care “a vital concern for nearly every person in the country,” the U.S. Catholic bishops said March 8 they will be reviewing closely a measure introduced in the House March 6 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“Discussions on health care reform have reached a level of intensity which is making open and fruitful dialogue difficult, even while most people recognize that improvements to the health care system are needed to ensure a life-giving and sustainable model for both the present and future,” said a letter to House members signed by the chairmen of four U.S. bishops’ committees.

“Given the magnitude and importance of the task before us, we call for a new spirit of cooperation for the sake of the common good,” they wrote.

The letter was signed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chairman, Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty; Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman, Committee on Migration. [More]

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