"Saying that health coverage is a consumer choice makes health care a commodity, something that can be traded, bartered or sold on the open market. Catholic social teaching is clear that health care is not a commodity; it is not a bundle of services available to the highest bidder. Health care is a fundamental human right -- Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI used those very words -- alongside water, food and education. Providing health care is among those rights that the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church says 'every nation is required in duty to make towards a true worldwide cooperation for the common good of the whole of humanity and for future generations.'
"Providing health care to our citizens isnât a matter of choice, it is a duty, an obligation. [...]"
-- editorial, National Catholic Reporter, 2017-03-18
[Spring (technically) is almost here -- about an hour after the cron daemon posts this for me. A happy equinox to everyone marking it, especially to folks celebrating it as a religious holiday! For the rest of us, hopes and good weather to come.]