As someone who knows what it's like to be without insurance, I'd love to see a good health care bill passed. But there's more than a little controversy about how good is good enough.
If I had more political/economic savvy, I could probably read the 2,000 pages of proposed legislation fruitfully, but as it is, I am way out of my depth in any political/economic context. What I am seeing, though, is that across the US, our Catholic bishops (who have been promoting the idea of universal health care for decades) cannot bring themselves to accept the bill as it currently stands. It includes direct federal funding of elective abortions, invalidating in one move all the legislation that has been passed since 1973 in that regard. More ominously, neither the Senate bill nor the "reconciliation bill" provide the conscience protections that respect the rights of individual health care workers.
This can't be good.
How likely is it that, once the bill is passed, its most serious flaws will be corrected? Shouldn't they be addressed at the starting gate?
Here are some thoughtful responses by several groups of US bishops that are well worth considering.