by Ann Mongoven, Ph.D.
A federal judge in Texas declared all of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. The ACA remains the law of the land as the case moves to appeal. The ruling directly threatens popular ACA protections such as the ban on discrimination against pre-existing conditions, the allowance of children on parents’ policies until age 26, and a minimum acceptable benefits-package. Democratic lawmakers are in an uproar opposing the decision while Republicans remain largely silent. Striking mid-term election results on Medicaid expansion suggest party lines on health care are changing in ways that could enable new bi-partisan dialogue.
The Trump administration continuously repeats that 28 million Americans cannot afford health insurance due to Obamacare.…
by Ann Mongoven, Ph.D., MPH
All hearts go out to the Gard family in this time of grief for their son, Charlie.
The legal wrangling over Charlie’s care became a political football–unfortunately, about many things having little to do with Charlie.
Despite the involvement of Pope Francis, this was not a case about abortion rights or the sanctity of human life. Catholic tradition warns both that quality-of-life arguments can dehumanize the disabled, and that unduly burdensome medical care can become assaultive. There is no “Catholic” view of the case, and Catholic moral theologians disagree about it.
Despite the involvement of Donald Trump, this was not a case about the relative merits of the U.K.…