That headline is something Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles said on Sept. 28 at the Shriners Hospital downtown during the Annual Public Policy Breakfast of the archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission.
His Eminence's full quote was, "The uninsured receive too little medical service and receive it too late, and receive poorer care when they are in hospitals. And so we cannot tolerate the injustice of profit over people."
Notice that His Eminence is making an incredible automatic assumption: That "profit" is what has messed up U.S. health care. He completely ignores the huge and overwhelming role that GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION plays, in the form of thousands of laws and regulations over every aspect of medicine, not to mention court rulings and..."free" care for tens of millions of illegals.
Of course, Cardinal Mahony is also wrong in his basic underlying assumption that somehow "profit" and "people" could be at odds. An inherent part of economic freedom is that we may all sell the fruits of our labor and buy the fruits of others' labor. Kinks in that process are inevitably caused by the unseen, unnoticed heavy hand of government and its crooked cronies.
(When some corporations and lobbyists use government to abet their schemes, that is NOT the free market but just the opposite.)
If St. Joseph the Carpenter had not made a PROFIT on the goods he SOLD, he could not have supported the Child Jesus and the Blessed Mother. And Jesus Himself, when old enough to help, took part in this PROFIT-MAKING.
Not only that, but Cardinal Mahony could not have built his cathedral unless his ultra-wealthy donors had amassed their fortunes by making PROFITS.
History and current experience prove that socialized medicine and more government are NOT the answers. They only make things worse for everyone.
For a quick course in economic freedom, check Amazon and eBay for copies of a book ole Q once read, The Law and Cliches of Socialism. No, I don't endorse everything in it by any means, nor is everything in it perfectly in line with our Catholic social teaching. But enough of it is -- and much of it is a great corrective to errors such as "profits over people."
By the way, did Cardinal Mahony or anyone else at this once-a-year public policy assembly use that golden opportunity to defend preborn babies and our God-given right to life, and condemn legalized abortion? Just wondering.