The US Council of Catholic Bishops has spoken in opposition to the health bill proposed by the Senate. This is the version of the bill that the House is now considering.
The reason for the bishop's opposition is that the Senate bill deliberately avoids mention of language compatible with the Hyde amendment, which excludes coverage of abortion by Medicaid. "The expansion of health care should not involve the expansion of funding and policies forcing everyone to pay for abortion," the bishops said.
The promise from lawmakers up to now had been that, in any final bill, no federal funds would be used for abortion and that the legal status quo would be respected. Looks like that promise has been forgotten.
I thought the closing of the bishop's conference's letter showed a lacked fortitude -- "the Catholic bishops regretfully hold that it must be opposed..." Regretfully? Really? One needn't be reckless to firmly oppose what the liberals are doing - being "nice" isn't the same as being charitable. The most charitable thing to do is to say the actions of liberals are intolerable and will be opposed with great character and enthusiasm. But diplomacy by appeasement with predators? That never got anyone anywhere.