The U.S. Catholic Bishops issued an emergency alert for parishioners to receive Sunday, urging opposition to the U.S. Senate health bill, Sr. Carol Keehan, head of the national Catholic Hospital Association, brazenly is supporting the bill, the AP reported Saturday.
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Keehan has been faulted for being too closely allied with the push for universal health care. Keehan attended a March 3 White House briefing at the White House, an event she said clarified her decision. However, the Bishops this week enumerated all the ways abortion is embedded in the Senate bill/Obamacare.
Since CHA represents 1,200 hospitals and other health providers, their position foments confusion and clearly is offered as political cover for lawmakers during this critical arm-twisting phase when authentic pro-life (and Catholic) Rep. Bart Stupak is desperately trying to hold together a coalition against the bill.
In her statement Saturday, Keehan made it clear she thinks any qualms about abortion language can be resolved, and instead praised provisions for “counseling, education, job training and housing for vulnerable women.”
Keehan joins other top health-care players, HHS Kathleen Sebelius and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (both educated at Catholic universities) who have erroneously claimed the Senate bill accounting provisions prevent tax –payers from funding abortion.
Keehan’s actions echo attempts to confuse religious voters in Kansas in 2006.
When Gov. Sebelius was campaigning for re-election, having been reprimanded by Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann for vetoing pro-life bills, an “alternative authority” was manufactured to help her. Some liberal Catholics erected a website under the title of “Faithful Catholics” and hosted a conference to create a Christian defense for Sebelius’ abortion support.
This “confuse and conquer” strategy is used by the Matthew 25 Network and was the basis of former conservative Doug Kmiec’s claim that Obama would reduce abortions as President. Now Sr. Keehan is hoping it will work to pass Obamacare.