On Monday, June 19, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God cosigned a letter to U.S. Senators Robert Casey (D – PA ) and Pat Toomey (R – PA ) expressing concerns about the proposed healthcare legislation. Echoing recent statements from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and others in the Catholic Church, the letter respectfully requests that our Senators “reject any proposal that would take coverage away from millions of Pennsylvanians, that makes fundamental changes in Medicaid that could hurt the most vulnerable communities, and that dismantles protections for people with pre-existing conditions.”
Authored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, the letter is cosigned by 21 other religious orders and faith-based organizations in Pennsylvania and concludes: “We join the voice of Pope Francis who reminds us that quality health care is a basic human right and a fundamental social good for all God’s people. As Catholic sisters and members of Pennsylvania’s faith community, we are inspired by the Gospel and our mission to respond to the urgent and critical needs of our neighbors, particularly the frail elderly, those who are poor and vulnerable, those with diminished mental or physical capacities, and those who are chronically ill.”
Our gratitude to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden for initiating this outreach advocating for the poor, elderly and vulnerable.