“A wave of mergers between Roman Catholic and secular hospitals is threatening to deprive women in many areas of the country of ready access to important reproductive services. Catholic hospitals that merge or form partnerships with secular hospitals often try to impose religious restrictions against abortions, contraception and sterilization. ... This can put an unacceptable burden on women, especially low-income women and those who live in smaller communities where there are fewer healthcare options. State regulators should closely examine such mergers and use whatever powers they have to block those that diminish women’s access to medical care.”
—New York Times “Parkland, Dallas County’s charity hospital, is where the poor people go.
You have a nice home and a job and health insurance. You have options and the good sense to stay far away from a culturally broken place where drug addicts, illegal immigrants and homeless people fill the waiting rooms. So if a consultants’ report says patients are at imminent risk of ‘serious injury, harm, impairment or death,’ it’s not really your problem, right? Except it is. ... Wealthy, poor, homed or homeless, no one in America deserves such horrific basic care. For another, if you own property in Dallas County, you’re paying for it. ... And your safety cushion of choice might disappear at your most critical moment of need.”
—Dallas Morning News “The Massachusetts health plan is a work in progress. It has brought about major improvements in the coverage of citizens, without unduly raising costs. It’s popular with Bay State residents, and has been workable for Bay State employers. ... This year’s Republican presidential candidates are flooding the airwaves with bogus assertions about Massachusetts’ ‘Romneycare’ health plan. Because Romneycare was the model for Obamacare, Mitt Romney’s rivals are intent on discrediting it. … Everyone acknowledges that cost containment is the next big task … Overall, however, healthcare reform has worked reasonably well—which is probably why almost two-thirds of Massachusetts adults surveyed last year still support it.”