Monday, November 22, 2010

Pope for Universal Health Care

ThinkProgress » Pope Calls Health Care An ‘Inalienable Right,’ Urges World Governments To Provide Universal Coverage:
At an international papal conference on health care yesterday at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI and other Catholic church leaders said it is the “moral responsibility of nations to guarantee access to health care for all of their citizens, regardless of social and economic status or their ability to pay.” Saying access to adequate medical care is one of the “inalienable rights” of man, the pope said, “Justice in health care should be a priority of governments and international institutions”
I've seen quite a bit of hub-bub the last couple of days about the Pope saying it's OK to use a condom under certain circumstances. Doesn't look to me like what he said changes the Catholic position on contraception, and isn't really "news." However, in light of the health care debate, if you can call it that, that we've endured here, I'm surprised his statement regarding health care isn't what people are talking about. Probably a little uncomfortable for Catholics who vote Republican, having their spiritual leader essentially slap them for being so callous.
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