The Ladies of Charity USA is committed to gospel values and working together against all forms of poverty. As our nation seeks to improve the health care system that we now have, we join the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Health Association, Catholic Charities USA and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVdP) in expressing our concern over the changes proposed in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the U. S. House of Representatives.
The American Health Care Act does not meet the priorities for a faithful health care system, one that is inclusive, equitable, affordable, accountable, and accessible for all.
We are very concerned that the AHCA:
- Fails to decrease the number of people without access to health care insurance
- Fails to maintain services necessary for physical and mental health
- Fails to provide affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions
- Fails to prevent discrimination by insurance companies against women, the elderly and people in poverty
Please take a few minutes to review this video of the Catholic News Service, “Health Care Bill a Pro-Life Disaster”:
and reflect on the 10 Priorities for Health Care Reform issued by the SSVdP “Voice of the Poor”.
We are asking you to take some time to understand the proposed Bill, not only how it will affect you and your family but how it will affect people we serve.
As the U. S. Senate considers this issue, let us be prepared to add our voices to the debate so that the Ladies of Charity USA embraces justice as our nation moves forward to secure health care as a human right for all.
LCUSA Board Advocacy Committee
“Charity embraces Justice” –St. Vincent de Paul