Catholic groups split on healthcare reform support

Despite the anti-abortion stance held by the more than 600 Catholic hospitals throughout the U.S., the Catholic Health Association announced this past weekend that it supported President Obama's healthcare bill. CEO Carol Keehan thinks the legislation to cover all Americans will provide "great improvements" for patients, and believes that the idea requiring insurers to collect separate premiums from policyholders for abortion coverage will work just fine. Keehan's viewpoint breaks from that of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which would rather see a plan in place that keeps any plans receiving federal dollars from covering abortions. Article

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