Bishops Chair Commends Life Protections in AHCA, Expresses Concerns about harmful impact on the Poor

Bishop Dewane praised "include critical life protections for the most vulnerable among us" but also said, “[i]n attempting to improve the deficiencies of the ACA, health care policy ought not create other unacceptable problems, particularly for those who struggle on the margins of our society.” In quoting Pope Francis, the letter notes, “Health, indeed, is not a consumer good, but a universal right which means that access to healthcare services cannot be a privilege.” Among other things, the letter also notes a lack of any changes to afford conscience protection against mandates to provide contraception and sterilization coverage or services.