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Press Release: NETWORK Strongly Opposes Healthcare Repeal Bill

FOR RELEASE: January 7, 2011                                                                   

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

Washington DC:  NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, citing the fundamental right to healthcare and the need to turn around spiraling medical costs, today calls on Congress to vote down efforts to repeal the 2010 healthcare reform law.

Sister Simone Campbell, NETWORK Executive Director, stated: “Healthcare access has been a NETWORK priority for decades, and we were proud to be present with other supporters when the 2010 healthcare bill was passed and signed into law. This movement to repeal healthcare reform is more than misguided. It is appalling that some would choose to ignore new findings by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that repeal would increase both the federal deficit and the number of uninsured Americans. Congress should focus on legislation that enhances the common good, not tear down any progress we have made.”

NETWORK activists worked long and hard for passage of the original bill in March 2010, and NETWORK originated the letter supporting the legislation that was signed by leaders of thousands of Catholic Sisters. As a result, we were invited to be present when the final historic vote was taken, and when its signing into law by President Obama was celebrated.

We continue to view implementation of the law as a vital ste