There are many and grave problems with what the bishops are doing. Here are a few:
The bishops are saying they want the socialized medicine as long as it doesn't fund baby-aborting and includes conscience protections for pro-life medical personnel. They are ignoring other ways in which the SOCIALIZED MEDICINE VIOLATES CATHOLIC TEACHING.
Excuse me for "shouting" by using those capital letters. But this is a serious situation.
First of all, as Pope Pius XI wrote, "No one can be at the same time a true Catholic and a true socialist." The socialized medicine will exercise totalitarian control over every one of us and over our loved ones. It will also take control of our gigantic Catholic hospital system.
Next, the Obamacare socialized medicine is unconstitutional. Nowhere does the Constitution give the federal government any authority over medical care, or give it any authority to make the American people buy anything at all, let alone health insurance. The Constitution's 10th Amendment reads:
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
The socialized medicine violates the Catholic principle of subsidiarity, which affirms that people should be able to handle their own affairs, with the help of their local institutions if needed, but not any more remote and centralized government bodies. More than 50 U.S. bishops have already individually condemned the socialized medicine on this basis.
The socialized medicine will give $750 million to Planned Parenthood, the abortion giant that admits its abortionists took the lives of 305,310 American babies in their 2007-2008 year. The socialized medicine will also institutionalize Planned Parenthood as a basic community resource and the operator of pro-abortion, pro-contraception "clinics' in government (public) schools.
The socialized medicine will also inflict soul-killing, pro-abortion, anti-life sex miseducation upon students in America's government (public) schools.
The socialized medicine bill would create a new, gargantuan government bureaucracy that will regiment everyone, crush our individual freedom, and subject us to "rationing" (read: "DENIAL OF") needed medical care -- and, for many vulnerable Americans, even of food and water.
The socialized medicine will necessitate the infliction of new and completely unjust massive tax burdens upon American families and individuals.
Worst of all, even if a socialized medicine bill did not include paying for baby-aborting and did include conscience protections, literally AS SOON AS that bill would be signed into law, and before the ink was even dry, the pro-abortion industry and lobby would file suit in federal court and get the federal judges to file injunctions against, and invalidate, the pro-life provisions on the grounds that they violate Roe vs. Wade and women's "right" to baby-killing.
So the socialized medicine bill that the bishops are lobbying for would end up being totally anti-life.
There is more wrong with the socialized medicine, but that is enough for now.
Our bishops should not be giving CPR to the socialized medicine. They should be hanging a "Do Not Resuscitate" sign on it.