Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Release Health Care Statement
The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati have continued the healing ministry of Jesus by providing care to the most vulnerable members of society for centuries. Along with the Catholic Health Association (CHA), we, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and Associates, gathered in congregational retreat, are deeply concerned “that millions of people will lose their health care through a complete restructuring and deep federal funding reduction to the Medicaid program.”
We support the recommendations of the CHA to seek “a new bipartisan focus to make improvements in our health care system that will stabilize the insurance market, improve affordability, and strengthen and expand health coverage.”
Additionally, in agreement with CHA, we “ask Congress to ensure that the funds currently supporting health care programs remain in the system under any legislative proposal, instead of being diverted for tax cuts for the more fortunate. And above all, we urge our elected officials always to keep in mind the unborn and the many millions of poor individuals and vulnerable families who will be affected by any changes to our health care system.”
More than 200 Sisters of Charity and Associates from across the country signed the statement with the intent of returning home and sharing the statement and signatures with their home Senators. On Sunday, Sisters and Associates gathered along the Front Avenue of the Motherhouse grounds for a special prayer led by Sister of Charity Barbara Busch; Sister Barbara asked all assembled to name aloud their home Senators as the Community prayed for them. Sisters of Charity President, Sister Joan Cook, read the statement during the ceremony.
Note: Quotations from the above statement by Sister Carol Keehan, DC, president and chief executive officer, Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). The complete statement available at https://www.chausa.org/docs/default-source/media-resources/06222017-cha-statement-for-release-of-senate-proposed-bill.pdf.