Just Because Obama is a Screwup

Doesn’t mean the GOP cares about you:

There’s a reason the bishops have been saying health care is a right for nearly a century.  It’s what the Church teaches:

2211 The political community has a duty to honor the family, to assist it, and to ensure especially:

- the freedom to establish a family, have children, and bring them up in keeping with the family’s own moral and religious convictions;

- the protection of the stability of the marriage bond and the institution of the family;

- the freedom to profess one’s faith, to hand it on, and raise one’s children in it, with the necessary means and institutions;

- the right to private property, to free enterprise, to obtain work and housing, and the right to emigrate;

- in keeping with the country’s institutions, the right to medical care, assistance for the aged, and family benefits;

- the protection of security and health, especially with respect to dangers like drugs, pornography, alcoholism, etc.;

- the freedom to form associations with other families and so to have representation before civil authority.

2288 Life and physical health are precious gifts entrusted to us by God. We must take reasonable care of them, taking into account the needs of others and the common good.

Concern for the health of its citizens requires that society help in the attainment of living-conditions that allow them to grow and reach maturity: food and clothing, housing, health care, basic education, employment, and social assistance.

How do I know the GOP has absolutely no interest in this?  Because merely pointing out that every human being has a right to health care is enough to invite a torrent of accusations that one is a “liberal”, that the bishops are (as I was informed the other day) “goofballs” and that all this sort of teaching from the Catechism can be brushed aside as “prudential judgment”.

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