CMA Statements

Declaration of Faith

January 27, 2015

DECLARATION OF FAITH of Catholic doctors and students of medicine, on the sexuality and fertility of human beings:

We, doctors, entrusted to protect human life from its conception until its natural end;

  1. BELIEVE in one God, the Lord of Heaven and earth, who created man and woman in His own image and likeness.
  2. PROCLAIM that the human body and life, being gifts from God, are sacred and inviolable and that...


CMA Decries Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Obamacare

June 27, 2012

The Catholic Medical Association is disturbed and disappointed that the Supreme Court saw fit to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). This decision is both alarming and deeply wrong.
Read the CMA’s full statement after the break.


Marking the Second Anniversary of Obamacare

March 22, 2012

It is now two years since March 23, 2010, when President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, better known as Obamacare) into law. While the date may be little remembered,  the law and its passage should live in infamy.
Read the statement of the Catholic Medical Association marking this anniversary after the break.


Statement on House Repeal Vote on PPACA

January 19, 2011

Today, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Patient   Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. In response to the vote, the   Catholic Medical Association issued the following statement:
America still needs health care reform. Unfortunately, the Patient   Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA,” widely known as ObamaCare),  pushed through Congress in a slipshod, partisan manner and against the   will of the American people, is not capable of delivering true reform of America’s health care financing and delivery systems. It must undergo substantial change so authentic reform measures can be enacted and implemented. If today’s vote is a part of a constructive process of   change and improvement, it is worthy of support. . . .


Statement on Health Care Reform and Authentic Catholic Witness

March 17, 2010

As the Democrat party accelerates efforts to enact comprehensive health-care legislation before the Easter recess, the Catholic Health Association, leaders of women’s religious orders, and academics at Catholic institutions have endorsed Senate bill H.R. 3590 and called for the House of Representatives to pass this bill as-is. In so doing, they have intentionally and publicly contradicted the policy position of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).


Open Letter to President Obama and Congress

February 21, 2010

Philadelphia, PA – February 23, 2010 – The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) issued an open letter to President Obama and Members of Congress to address the impasse in health-care legislation. As members of both political parties prepare for a summit this week, the letter provides CMA’s perspective on why legislation has stalled and how to move ahead constructively.


CMA Supports Senator Ben Nelson’s Opposition to Abortion Funding in Senate Health Care Legislation

December 17, 2009

Philadelphia, PA – December 18, 2009 – The Catholic Medical Association (CMA), together with the Omaha Guild of the CMA, issued a statement of support for Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) for his integrity in opposing federal funding of abortion in the Senate version of health-care legislation and called upon Catholic organizations to remain united in opposing federal funding of abortion.


Resolution on Health Care Reform

November 01, 2009

The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) adopted a resolution on health care reform at the General Assembly of its 78th Annual Educational Conference, held in Springfield, Illinois, on October 23, 2009.
The resolution calls upon Congress and President Obama “to ‘reset’ the effort to enact health care reform legislation, to reexamine their commitment to the principles of the current legislation, and to begin the process anew.”


Open Letter to Catholic Organizations on Health Care Reform

September 21, 2009

On Monday, September 21, the Catholic Medical Association issued an open letter to Catholic organizations and individual Catholics to share its views on key prudential aspects of health care reform legislation. The letter called for a renewed emphasis on the principle of subsidiarity acros the spectum of issues in health care financing and services.


Formal Letter to Members of Congressional Committees

September 15, 2009

In a September 4, 2009 letter sent to the congressional committees working on health care reform, CMA reiterated its chief concerns regarding current legislation and urged these Members of Congress to base reform on sound ethical and economic principles, and to take the time necessary to craft well-founded legislation.


Statement on Health Care Reform

July 28, 2009

In a statement released on July 29, 2009, the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) calls upon President Obama and Congress to “hit the reset button” in their attempts to address the serious problems in the nation’s health-care financing and delivery systems. The CMA is concerned that the bills that have emerged from House and Senate Committees to date are too flawed, and the process too rushed, to provide meaningful reform.


2008 Health Care Task Force Executive Summary

January 06, 2009

In November 2008, CMA published an Executive Summary of its Health Care Task Force’s statement, Heath Care in America: A Catholic Proposal for Renewal to contribute to the debate over health care reform. This Executive Summary provides updated data as well as a focused account of the core principles that must be present to bring about true reform in health care financing and delivery (and not merely “change”).  To read the Executive Summary, click here.


2004 Health Care Task Force Report

January 04, 2009

In September 2004, the Catholic Medical Association Health Care Task Force published the Statement, Heath Care in America: A Catholic Proposal for Renewal. Drafted by a multi-disciplinary panel composed of physicians and other health care providers, scholars, businessmen and clergy, Health Care in America provides a systematic overview of the challenges to health care delivery and financing in the United States and solutions that are based on the perennial moral and social teachings of the Church. Click this link to read Health Ca re in America.