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Press Release: NETWORK Opposes Efforts to Dismantle Lifesaving Healthcare Reform

FOR RELEASE: January 18, 2011                                                                   

CONTACT:  Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224,  

Washington DC:  NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, today told Congress that it must resist efforts to destroy the 2010 healthcare reform law.  

Sister Simone Campbell, NETWORK Executive Director, stated: “Congress must not repeal this lifesaving law. Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has shown us once again how needed it is. Their new report reveals that as many as 129 million Americans younger than 65 have preexisting medical conditions that can make it difficult or impossible for them to receive insurance coverage. This law will save many of their lives by giving them access to needed medical care. What kind of nation would deny them that?”

NETWORK has been among our nation’s strongest advocates for universal access to affordable quality healthcare since our founding in 1971.Last year, we originated the famous letter supporting the healthcare bill that was signed by leaders of thousands of Catholic Sisters just prior to the final congressional vote.

We continue to view implementation of the law as a step toward our twin goals of healthcare for all and containment of healthcare spending. Our nation cannot afford to ignore recent findings by the nonpart