The latest polls put support for the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the GOP Senate’s health care plan, at somewhere around 15 percent of the American populace, with a Fox News poll serving as an outlier at 27 percent. Indeed, support for the proposed legislation is so scarce that even a group of more than 7,000 nuns has come out strongly against it.
In an open letter to the Senate, 7,150 Catholic Sisters organized by NETWORK — a Catholic social justice lobby led by Sister Simone Campbell — denounced the plan as “simply immoral” and called on the Senate to cast a “life-affirming” vote against it.
“The BCRA would end the Medicaid program as we know it by taking lifesaving healthcare away from millions,” The letter said. “The BCRA takes hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicaid and gives it to the very wealthiest individuals and corporations in the form of tax breaks. This is simply immoral and contrary to the teachings of our Catholic faith.”
Campbell has become a visible spokesperson in recent years as the leader of the “Nuns on the Bus” group, which has voiced support for a number of progressive causes, including Obamacare in 2010.
“To cut Medicaid and take healthcare from millions of people is not a pro-life stance,” the letter said. “We urge you to be mindful of the needs of all of our people and the call to the common good.”
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