Theocons vs Catholics On Healthcare

A new instant classic:

Obamacare’s expansion of the welfare state leads people to believe that someone else, and not they themselves, are responsible for their livelihood, their families, and their health. But this is contrary to the teachings of the Church. To quote Pope John Paul II: “Not only the world, however, but also man himself has been entrusted to his own care and responsibility. God left man ‘in the power of his own counsel’ (Sirach 15:14), that he might seek his Creator and freely attain perfection. Attaining such perfection means personally building up that perfection in himself.”

There is no place for this teaching in Obamacare.

In Google, the only place I can find that applies this very general theological principle to opposing universal healthcare is … from the interview above. For a more specific example, lets go to the Catholic Bishops' actual position [PDF] on universal healthcare guaranteed by the government:

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has long advocated health care for all. In their pastoral letter, Health and Health Care, the bishops called for a “comprehensive health care system that will ensure a basic level of health care for all Americans.” Pope John XXIII, in his encyclical Peace on Earth, listed health care among those basic rights which flow from the sanctity and dignity of human life. In the same tradition, Pope John Paul II addressed the need for health care in On Human Work, where he focused on the availability and affordability of health care for workers … The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is launching an effort to unite Catholics around a common message:

In this, the wealthiest of nations, it is unacceptable that so many people do not have access to affordable health care.

Yes, the document also insists that universal healthcare be governed by Catholic doctrines on life, sex, etc. But there is no question about the Vatican's support for universal, government-guaranteed healthcare services, especially for the poor. So where do the theocons stand on that question?

Their candidates would gut Medicaid, slash Medicare, and lower taxes on the already very wealthy. For good measure, the two leading Catholic candidates favor torture and pre-emptive war – both clearly outlawed by Catholic just war teaching. I can see the argument for these policies from a Randian or neoconservative perspective. But from a Catholic one?

Catholicism isn't just about sex – whatever impression the current Bishops want to give.