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What hath Obamacare wrought?

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Aug 26, 2013

Catholic supporters of Obamacare—and they were, regrettably, many of them—argued that the program, whatever its drawbacks, would make quality health-care coverage more accessible to all Americans. How is that working out? Are there more doctors, more nurses, more hospitals and clinics available, now that the legislation has been approved and billions have been invested? No.

The inimitable Mark Steyn writes:

It requires a perverse genius to construct a “health” “care” “reform” that destroys everything from religious liberty to full-time employment, while requiring multitudes of new tax collectors and other bureaucrats and ever fewer doctors and nurses.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: FredC - Dec. 23, 2017 12:42 PM ET USA

    At the time of the abuses, psychologists were saying that their treatments were successful so that sexual predators had been "cured". Cardinal Law and the many others should be suing the psychologists.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Dec. 22, 2017 9:46 PM ET USA

    Pray for his soul but do not try to excuse his transgressions. He was not a good Church leader. He did lots of damage. Not as bad as Mahoney of LA but fast approaching for his coverups.

  • Posted by: shrink - Dec. 21, 2017 5:03 PM ET USA

    All of the venom that has been spit upon the grave of Cdl Law could find no more deserving resting place than at the feet of one Roger Cardinal Mahony, the Los Angeles prelate who was the major league player of players when it came to protecting priest abusers. Cdl Law had two huge strikes against him, one being that he was grossly negligant, but also he was something of a conservative. Mahoney was a liberal darling, a feature that no doubt protected him from more pointed and sustained attacks.

  • Posted by: feedback - Dec. 21, 2017 3:26 PM ET USA

    I would question the rationale behind letting dioceses become extra-extra large: Boston, Chicago, LA, NY etc. Even wise and holy Bishops, like Cardinal George, are not able to control them personally and eliminate the sources of sinful corruption. On the other hand, great things are happening in small dioceses run by good and holy Bishops.