Apparently, when Pres. Obama announced his nomination of Dr. Benjamin for Surgeon General, he also pushed his health reform bill.
Catholic League reported that on 25 June, 19 Democrats, 11 of whom are Catholic, sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying they will not vote for healthcare reform “unless it explicitly excludes abortion funding” from the plan.
"According to Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee, the bills being considered ‘contain multiple provisions that would result in federally mandated insurance coverage of abortion on demand, massive federal subsidies for abortion, mandated creation of many new abortion clinics, and nullification of at least some state limitations on abortion.’ So where does Dr. Benjamin come in on all of this? On June 19, the House Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor announced that a new Advisory Committee will decide which services will be covered. And who is in charge of the Health Benefits Advisory Committee? The Surgeon General." [The plot thickens.]
Catholic League adds: "Dr. Benjamin should not wait until the Senate considers her appointment to let the public know where she stands. As a practicing Catholic, she cannot chair a committee that would support mandated abortion coverage in employer insurance plans."
ORIGINAL POST 13 July 2009 3:42pm
Some interesting news!
As we are about to get Judge Sotomayor on the Supreme Court, we have a new appointee for Surgeon General.
From the Catholic League:
July 13, 2009
SURGEON GENERAL PICK IS EXCELLENT
Catholic League president Bill Donohue praised President Barack Obama for his selection of Dr. Regina Benjamin as the new Surgeon General:
President Obama picked the right person to be the new Surgeon General. Dr. Benjamin is a hero to all those victimized by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Her tireless and selfless efforts are a model for all physicians.
Dr. Benjamin is an African-American Catholic public servant who has been recognized by Pope Benedict XVI: the Holy Father awarded her the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal for distinguished service. When the pope celebrated Mass in Washington, D.C. in 2008, Dr. Benjamin was there to receive his blessing. Moreover, she has also received the National Caring Award, an honor which was inspired by Mother Teresa. “Church was always a very important part of my life,” she told Catholic Digest. “I believe I am carrying on the healing ministry of Christ. I feel obligated to help continue his works.”
So… now we are supposed to give Pres. Obama this appointment high marks.
And if anyone points out that perhaps the Surgeon General is not quite as important a position as the Sec. of Health and Human Services or a Justice on the Supreme Court, or what he may be doing with the other hand, then we will be criticized.
They will say, "Look! See? This is clearly a gesture of ‘common ground’! See? The meeting with the Pope really paid off! She got a medal! See? She‘s Catholic! SEE?"
No, my children. That is not what this is.
Lifesite has an article on her.
I understand that she has done a great deal of work among the poor.