Nun Calls People Dying Because Of Denied Health Care A “Sin”

Sister Simone Campbell and Paul Raushenbush talk about the disastrous health care bill

Posted by Paul Raushenbush on Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sister Simone Campbell knows something about health care.  Over the past decade she has been on the front lines, lobbying to ensure that as many Americans as possible have access to quality, affordable care.

When asked by Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush to describe the GOP Healthcare Bill that came out of the Senate on June 22nd, Sister Simone responded: “In a word, horrific.”

“In order to give the top 1% a tax cut, the price that is going to be paid is knocking millions of people off of healthcare. In just three states, Nevada, West Virginia and Maine, a million people will lose their Medicaid.”

When Raushenbush asked about the morality of this bill, citing the religious right’s continued pontificating that they are the ‘right to life’ party—even though this bill cuts maternity care, emergency room care and mental health care—Sister Simone had a sharp response: “On the pro-life issue, this really annoys me, many of our faith folks are just about birth, they are not about life.”

The nun went on to talk about the deep spiritual mandate to provide health care for all: “Providing health care is a Christian tradition. And when I talk to my Jewish and Muslim friends they say it is in their traditions, too.  Health care is how we carry out the Gospel mandate to care for the poor, heal the sick.”

When asked what each of us can do to stop this immoral bill, Sister Simone encouraged listeners to call their Senators and, if they have friends who live in Maine, W. Virginia, Ohio, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska to ask them to call their Senators and tell them to reject this bill that will take away health care from millions.

For more information about who to call and what to do, Sister Simone encourages everyone to call her organization Network Lobby at 1 (888) 738-3058.

With 3 minutes left in the video, Sister Simone talked about how her heart was broken by the story of Margaret, who died in 2012 because Medicaid had not fully expanded. She lost her job, got colon cancer and died at 56. “Margaret’s story has fueled my passion,” explained Sister Simone, “to ensure that no more ‘Margarets’ died in the richest country in the world. It is a sin that Margaret should die.”

Sister Simone ended with a plea to all Americans: “We’ve got to stop this.  It is up to us to stand up and say ‘No. We are better than this'”

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