More Than 7,000 Nuns to GOP: Your Attack on People’s Healthcare ‘Simply Immoral’

Catholic sisters launch video campaign urging Republican senators to ‘stop this destruction of healthcare in our nation’

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–July 27, 2017
Sister Campbell
In videos targeting five GOP senators, Sister Simone Campbell called on the lawmakers to vote ‘no’ on all efforts to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act. (Photo: NETWORK Lobby/Screenshot)

As Senate Republicans consider a “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act—and with a vote expected as early as Thursday night—Catholic nuns who vocally opposed Trumpcare have released a new video series calling on five crucial Republican senators to “stop this destruction of healthcare in our nation.”

“The mission of Catholic Sisters has always been to serve our nation’s most vulnerable people. As such, we are united in opposition to the current Republican healthcare proposals,” said Sister Simone Campbell, the executive director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice.

Earlier this week, 7,150 Catholic nuns with NETWORK Lobby signed a letter that urged senators to reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act, or Trumpcare, which they called “simply immoral” and “the most harmful legislation for American families in our lifetimes.” The letter, which was signed by Catholic sisters from every state and Washington, D.C., said, “We fought for the expansion of coverage in the Affordable Care Act because we saw the life-giving value of crucial healthcare programs such as Medicaid.”

Late Tuesday night—after the GOP pushed through a party-line procedural vote to open debate—the Senate rejected Trumpcare, with nine Republicans joining the Democrats to kill the bill. A proposal to partially repeal the ACA failed on Wednesday. The fight is far from over, though, with reports on Thursday that Senate Republicans are finalizing their so-called “skinny repeal,” which would cause millions of people to lose coverage and allow deep cuts to Medicaid.

In a version of the letter circulated Thursday, the nuns acknowledge recent developments in the Senate, and condemn continued efforts to repeal and/or replace Obamacare:

Rather than continuing to negotiate partisan legislation that would cause tens of millions of Americans to lose access to health coverage, Congress should seek bipartisan solutions to expand quality, affordable coverage. As Catholic Sisters, we stand by our belief that health is a universal right and urge Senators to vote no on the motion to proceed for any bill that would repeal the ACA and cut Medicaid.

The nuns’ new video campaign targets five Republicans who have been on the fence about repeal and replace efforts: Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), and Dean Heller (Nev.). In each video, Sister Campbell, who authored the letter, stands beside a “Medicaid is a moral issue” poster and shares anecdotes from the lawmakers’ states.

“Be your most compassionate, scientific self, and vote ‘no,’ and then be the leader we need to move us forward as a nation so that all can get the care they deserve—but first, vote ‘no’ on these bills,” Sister Campbell says in the video to Sen. Cassidy.

Watch Sister Campbell read the letter opposing Trumpcare below:


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  • Lloyd Bonifide

    It’s too bad the nuns have never heard of “Thou shalt not steal” or Thou shalt not covet” both of which occur in the wealth redistribution scheme called Obamacare, the scheme in which the insurance bills of some were transferred to those who purchase their own policies. I guess these particular nuns never heard of “Thou shalt not murder,” either, being that Obamacare mandates spending for prenatal infanticide. But I guess once you’ve crossed the line and are willing to take Other People’s Money in the name of compassion, all other morality is up for grabs, too.

    • That’s absurd. Obamacare, the ACA, is simply regulations on the health insurance industry, which, for some reason, operates for profit in the United States. The good sisters are trying to save lives. The Fifth Commandment is especially appropriate here. The Seventh and Ninth, Tenth are completely irrelevant here.