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CMA endorses bipartisan Smith-Lapinski bill to block taxpayer funding of abortions
The Christian Medical Association, a professional organization of 17,000 members, enthusiastically endorses the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" to establish a consistent government-wide prohibition on abortion funding. We applaud the leadership of Reps. Chris Smith and Dan Lipinski and others in introducing this vitally important legislation. The fact that this bill will codify the Hyde-Weldon conscience clause is tremendously important to our membership and to the patients they serve. CMA letter - No Taxpayer Funding Abortion bill
Heritage Foundation: Obamacare and the Ethics of Life: Weakening Medical Conscience and the Protection of Life
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) contains several provisions that weaken longstanding federal policy denying public subsidies for elective abortion and health care plans that provide coverage of elective abortion. In addition, PPACA fails to adequately protect the conscience rights of health care insurers, providers, and personnel who decline to provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions. These defects in PPACA not only fail to fix the patchwork of laws that have been passed to bar federal support for elective abortion; they also create new avenues for federal subsidies and promotion of elective abortion. Read full article...
Patients imperiled by conscience protection gaps in new healthcare law
Where does the new healthcare overhaul law leave healthcare professionals regarding the exercise of their conscience rights? How might it impact the poor patients now served by faith-based professionals and institutions? Read more...
Washington Post: "New health-care law raises concerns about respecting providers' consciences"
Deep within the massive health-care overhaul legislation, a few little-noticed provisions have quietly reignited one of the bitterest debates in medicine: how to balance the right of doctors, nurses and other workers to refuse to provide services on moral or religious grounds with the right of patients to get care.
"At the end of the day regarding the legislation, a pro-life health-care professional is left with a weak and limited conscience provision that doesn't even prohibit discrimination by governments and institutions," said Jonathan Imbody, vice president for government relations at the Christian Medical Association. Read full article
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CMA commentary in Washington Examiner: No such thing as free operation
March 19, 2010 - Byron York challenges the cherry-picking use of positive healthcare poll responses to questions regarding requiring coverage by businesses, by all Americans and for preexisting conditions.
Besides negative public perceptions of the legislation in its entirety, even the positive poll responses are misleading, since the questions only pose a partial reality. Read full commentary
CMA Op-Ed in The Church Report: Healthcare Insanity: Do Dead People Bleed?
March 12, 2010 - Did you hear about the psychiatric patient who kept insisting in the face of all the obvious evidence to the contrary that he was dead?
Finally, a clever psychiatrist challenged the patient, "Well, do dead people bleed?"
The patient thought for a moment... Read full Op-Ed
CMA commentary in Washington Examiner: Pearl Harbor healthcare attack and sleeping giants
Feb. 14, 2010 - Mark Tapscott's editorial reveals on the political radar screen a "Pearl Harbor" healthcare overhaul strategy ("Pelosi aide says Democratic congressional leaders have settled on legislative 'trick' to pass Obamacare," Wednesday). President Obama convenes healthcare peace talks with Republicans while Congressional Democrats deploy the "reconciliation" maneuver to neutralize GOP opposition, pass the radical Senate bill and sink any hopes of bipartisan reform. READ full Op-Ed
CMA Op-Ed in Church Report: Mired in healthcare muck, the President suddenly pleads for help
"And I want to be very specific," Mr. Obama earnestly continues in the CBS interview, apparently on the verge of revealing the cryptic healthcare conundrums that have stymied him and his staff up until now.
"How do you guys want to lower costs?"
That might have been a good question for the President and his party to start with a year ago, before crafting a radical and now-rejected plan to have their government take over our health care. READ full Op-Ed