How the nuns saved Obamacare
In the final days before the bill passed, who saved Obamacare? Catholic nuns. Sister Simone Campbell—one of the most charming, utterly down-to-earth, and profoundly committed people I've ever met—explains why. And in the process, she tells her own fascinating story, from an anti-segregation sit-in where, as a teenager, she decided to take her vows, all the way to the present and her delight in the joyous tone set by Pope Francis.
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Originally posted on December 20, 2013
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- The Sisters of Social Service: they're awesome.
- The climactic blow-by-blow:
- Monday, March 15, 2010: the President of the US Council of Catholic Bishops writes in opposition to Obamacare, announcing that "the Catholic bishops regretfully hold that it must be opposed".
- Wednesday, March 17, 2010: NETWORK publishes its letter. The nuns contend that "For us, this health care reform is a faith mandate for life and dignity of all of our people."
- Sunday, March 21, 2010: the US House passes the Affordable Care Act, 219-212. If four votes had switched, it would have failed 215-216.
- Check out the Vatican's official censure, titled "Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Council of Women Religious."
- Also, here's a little background on the technical meanings of "nun," "sister," and "women religious."
- Read Sister Simone's argument for Obamacare.
- The New York Times called the Nuns on the Bus Tour "a spirited retort to the Vatican." The whole story's great.
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