In a 11th hour ruling from the Bush Administration that gives healthcare workers, hospitals, and insurers more leeway to refuse health services for moral or religious reasons.
The rule was issued on December 19th and becomes effective in just 30 days. It’s main provisions broadens the number of healthcare workers and institutions that may refuse care based on “sincere religious belief or moral conviction” to provide care or referrals to patients.
So why don’t we just segregate healthcare again.
Where’s the lawmakers and individuals who are so outraged and oppose desegregated schools, Affirmative Action and anything against the constitution? Where’s your outrage now?
Some may say that Affirmative Action, School Desegregation and the Constitution has nothing to do with refusing healthcare based on moral or religious basis. And I would say you’re wrong. It’s very similar.
The argument against Affirmative Action is that it promotes preferences based on race. Refusing healthcare to someone who needs it based on your moral or religious beliefs is just as unfair as those who are against Affirmative Action.
Opponents of School Desegregation argue that you are forcing children to attend a school not in their neighborhood due to race, economics and community. Why bus them across town when there’s a school 5 blocks away? How is that different than the Atheist or Muslim who lives two minutes from Baptist Hospital who is experiencing chest pains and need medical attention? Because they are not Christian and you are you as a Doctor, Nurse or Insurer refuse to help them.
“This rule protects the right of medical providers to care for their patients in accord with their conscience.” says Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt in a statement.
What sense does this make? Why take the Hippocratic Oath?
I guess the Bush Administration assumed that since the Hippocratic Oath is an obligatory oath it could run this through the darkness of night.
The ruling, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, covers an estimated 571,947 “entities” including doctors’ offices, pharmacies, hospitals, insurers, medical and nursing schools, diagnostic labs, nursing homes, and state governments.
Each of these entities is required to certify in writing that they will comply with the ruling. Failure to comply may be punished with loss of federal funding.
A wide number of medical groups strongly oppose the new ruling. These groups include the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Nurses Association, and the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and 27 state medical associations.
The Catholic Health Association, representing the Catholic hospitals that care for about a sixth of U.S. patients, strongly supports the conscience ruling. The group says it’s seen a number of efforts to force doctors to perform — or make referrals — for abortions and sterilizations.
The Family Research Council, which strongly opposes abortion, also supports the ruling.
I don’t have a problem with you being for or against abortion, but this ruling is about more than just abortion and sterilization. It’s about putting your moral and religious beliefs before a person health.
If you’re Pro-Life shouldn’t you Promote Life in all areas? Refusal of medical service on the basis of a health professionals moral or religious beliefs seems Pro-Choice to me.
Since we’re legislating morality now, why not go to the place many of the supporters of this ruling seek their selective comfort.
Where’s the morality in your religious beliefs if you refuse to tend to the man who was car jacked, injured and left on the side of the road? (Reference to Luke 10:25-37)
For the Christian supporters of this ruling I ask another question that I would like you to consider. When Jesus (The Great Physician) sent out the twelve apostles with the instructions to go among the Gentiles and preach the message that the kingdom of heaven is near, heal the sick, cleanse the leper what does that mean to you?
It’s not the healthy or those who believe as you who need the doctor, but the sick who needs the doctor. Jesus didn’t heal the sick believer, he healed the sick. (Mark 2:13-17)
It is because of your political affiliation, religious belief or disbelief, constitutional value and morality you should speak out against the Bush Administration’s legislation on morality.
References & Inspiration
WebMD – 12/19/08 “Controversy Over New Conscience Rule”