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“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.”

—Bos­ton Globe

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