.- âHealth care reform is a good thing,â New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan told CNA on Wednesday during in interview in Phoenix, Arizona. However, if it âleads to the destruction of life, then we say itâs no longer health care at all - itâs unhealthy care and we canât be part of that.â
Responding to a question about the Catholic Churchâs view health care reform, Archbishop Dolan explained to CNA that the Church regards health care reform as a good thing. âThe Catholic Church has been saying that for a long time,â he explained, adding that because of our human dignity, âmeans that one has access to quality affordable first rate health care.â
Speaking directly to President Obamaâs current initiative to reform health care, the archbishop said that âin principleâ the Church says, âbravo!â
âThat having been said, the devil is in the details,â he warned. While the Church agrees on the âwhat,â namely, âon the reform and renewed, reinvigorated health care,â it has some things to say on how it is carried out.
The Archbishop of New York explained that the first thing that needs to be said is that âevery health care system exists only to serve human life, not the other way around.â
âHuman life is not some commodity, some customer, some cog that is at the service of a bigger system or some bureaucratic network,â but rather, it is âthe end in itself and health care is how it is protected."
If health care begins to lead to the âdestruction of human lifeâ through avenues such as abortion, end of life care, or the discarding human embryos, then âwe say itâs no longer health care at all.
âItâs unhealthy care and we canât be part of that,â Archbishop Dolan stated.
While some people question the Churchâs involvement in the debate surrounding health care reform, Dolan insisted that the Church should have a voice in the health care debate âbecause nearly one out of every five patients in the United States who is in a hospital is under the embrace of the Church in a Catholic health care network.â
âSo please listen to us because weâve been in this business a heck of a long time,â he said recalling that members of the Catholic Church were the ones who âopened up the first clinics, hospitals and health care networks.â
âDonât exclude us now because you might be uncomfortable with the very values that gave rise to this magnificent network,â he urged.