Arkansas Catholic bishop endorses private option legislation | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Arkansas Catholic bishop endorses private option legislation

Posted By on Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Bishop Anthony Taylor of the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock has written in favor of the private option health insurance legislation up for re-authorization in the coming legislative session.

SUPPORTS PRIVATE OPTION: Bishiop Anthony Talor.
  • SUPPORTS PRIVATE OPTION: Bishiop Anthony Talor.
Sister Joan Pytlik, who's been working for social justice in the diocese for years, talked with me about this possibility during a chance visit in the hardware store last Saturday. We were both celebrating the broad commitment of the new pope to minister to the needy.

The bishop is a welcome addition to the coming debate. Here's his article in Arkansas Catholic. It's explanatory and fact-filled. It also draws on church teaching.

Each person has an inalienable right to life. This right is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States and is the core of Catholic social teaching. It inescapably follows that for that right to life to have meaning, one must have the opportunity to obtain the necessities of life: food, clothing, shelter and health care. Although everyone has the responsibility to work hard and live frugally to obtain life’s necessities, we must also recognize that there are those who will face challenges and will need help. We who are blessed with talent and are able to take advantage of the opportunities made available in our nation have the obligation to care for the less fortunate. We fulfill this obligation by personal acts of charity, through our churches and charities, and through our government. - See more at: http://www.arkansas-catholic.org/news/article/3761/Private-option-insurance-for-states-poor-necessary#sthash.PwWoCDBU.dpuf


The bishop doesn't oversell the plan.

In the end, the private option is unlikely to see the worst case predicted by opponents or the best case presented by the supporters. The actual result will be in the messy middle. Such is life. With this private option experiment, we have the greater chance of satisfying the common good by bringing affordable health care within reach of poor Arkansans. I urge our General Assembly to consider the prayer of Pope Francis: "I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor! It is vital that government leaders and financial leaders take heed and broaden their horizons, working to insure that all citizens have dignified work, education and health care." -

Preach, father. Have believers really any greater imperative than tending the needs of the poor and sick? Nowhere does the Bible say, "Get yours first."

Tags: , ,


Favorite

Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Unemployment rate continues drop to new low

    The Arkansas unemployment rate in September was 3.5 percent, down from 3.6 percent the month before. It's a historic low.
    • Oct 19, 2018
  • Trump cheers criminal assault on reporter

    Did I miss coverage of this in the morning paper? Donald Trump, at a rally in Montana, praised Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte's criminal assault on a news reporter to raucous cheers. None dare call them a mob.
    • Oct 19, 2018
  • French Hill and the truth: He flunks four-way test

    Amid a spate of dishonest advertising in support of his re-election campaign, Republican Rep. French Hill led the downtown Rotary Club this week in recitation of Rotary's four-way test. The Hill campaign is failing it.
    • Oct 19, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Free Zinn book for Arkansas teachers

    Arkansas teachers! Get your free Howard Zinn book here! Whether Kim Hendren likes it or not.
    • Mar 3, 2017
  • French Hill votes against disaster aid to Puerto Rico

    Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill alone among Arkansas's House delegation voted last week against a measure that provided $36.5 billion in disaster aid, a portion  for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as well as money for wildfire response and to support the flood insurance program.
    • Oct 14, 2017
  • Hospitality, restaurant groups oppose bathroom bill

    Add the restaurant and hospitality association to those opposed to Sen. Linda Collins-Smith's bill to keep transgender people out of public restrooms that match their gender identity.
    • Mar 16, 2017

Slideshows

  • Arkansas vs Ole Miss at War Memorial stadium in Little Rock, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. After leading for much of the game, Arkansas lost 37-33 when Ole Miss scored the game winning Touchdown with less that 2 minutes left. 
  • Margaret Clark Adventure Park
    New sculptures, preschoolers play area dedicated in Riverfront Park in Little Rock.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation