The Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, made up of over 7,000 Catholic nuns in the United States, sent a letter Monday morning to the United States Senate demanding they vote “no” on a bill intended to repeal Obamacare.
In the 101-page letter, which lists the names and location of every single member as a signer, the nuns are arguing against the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), saying of all their concerns about the bill, they are “most troubled by the cuts it would make to Medicaid by ending the Medicaid expansion and instituting a per capita cap.”
The nuns call the bill the “most harmful legislation for American families in our lifetimes,” saying it “goes against our Catholic faith teaching.”
The group supported the Affordable Care Act in 2010, and are urging senators to reject any motion to proceed with “any bill that would repeal the ACA and cut Medicaid.”
Sister Simone Campbell, who is leading the effort, reportedly plans to hand deliver the letter to Senate offices on Monday.
The letter claims that “BCRA would end the Medicaid program as we know it by taking lifesaving healthcare away from millions,” and would take “hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicaid and give it to the very wealthiest individuals and corporations in the form of tax breaks.”
The new bill is reportedly a last-ditch effort by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to get some form of a healthcare overhaul bill on President Donald Trump’s desk before a scheduled August recess for lawmakers.
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