Dear CMA Members and Friends,

Our society faces challenges which call for a coordinated response from like-minded organizations. There is a growing realization that significant government intervention cannot solve the issues we face, especially in health care.

The Catholic Medical Association is uniquely qualified to respond to these challenges because our faith compels us to be the “Good Samaritan” to our brothers and sisters as we encounter Christ suffering in each patient. The Church also offers us the Catholic social doctrine which can guide health care reform to achieve dignified health care for all.

Through the Health Care Policy Committee, the CMA has promulgated the “12 Principles of Health Care,” which serve as a blueprint for restoring life-affirming health care and protecting freedom of conscience and religion. Chair Dr. Steven White explains these principals in his article, “What is at Stake for Health Care.”

A firm commitment to human dignity, subsidiarity, solidarity, and the common good is integral to health care reform. Authentic Catholic health care defends life and religious liberty, and ensures access to affordable medical care especially for the socioeconomically disadvantaged and marginalized. Also integral to health care reform are the free-market principles of voluntary exchange between willing parties with minimal government intervention.

In this issue of The Pulse of Catholic Medicine, you will read about one solution that embodies these principles, offered by Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute. In her article “A New Generation of Health Reform: The Health Care Choices Plan,” she explains that the Health Care Choices Plan is a genuine alternative to the Affordable Care Act. In addition, Heritage Foundation fellow Robert Emmet Moffit, Ph.D., gives an honest and thorough assessment of the problems with single-payer health care, and Louis Brown, executive director of Christ Medicus, clearly explains that Catholic health care is under attack.

The guild-based nature of our organization gives us the ability to help fight current attacks on religious freedom and the dignity of human life at the local level. At the national level, we are developing strategic partnerships with organizations such as those that are featured in this issue, which share our common beliefs so that we can leverage resources, talents, and relationships to effect significant long-term change in health care consistent with Catholic principles.

After reading the invaluable information found in this issue, pray and discern how you can be a change agent in health care; first, by how you will vote in the 2020 elections, and second, by joining us at the CMA so you too can become part of the new future of health care.

Sincerely in Christ,

Michael Parker M.D.