Statement by Sisters of Charity Health System President and CEO Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA upon ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

6/28/2012

The Sisters of Charity Health System believes that health care is a fundamental right for all Americans and that families and communities are stronger when everyone has access to quality, affordable health care.

The leaders of the Sisters of Charity Health System, which includes five Catholic acute-care hospitals in Ohio and South Carolina, are carefully reviewing the ruling handed down today by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act has made a major difference for many hard-working Americans who have obtained needed care and greater health security. The Sisters of Charity Health System and other leaders in Catholic health care continue to support protecting human dignity by expanding coverage and access while taking concrete steps to improve quality and lower costs.

The Sisters of Charity Health System, inspired by the healing ministry of Jesus, will continue to advocate for increasing health coverage and access while protecting the dignity of life. Our hospitals will continue to be leaders in offering high quality care for all. And, we will continue to urge lawmakers to work with hospital and provider communities to ensure strong reimbursement for providers and sound health care delivery system changes.

We will, in collaboration with the Church and health care community, thoroughly review the ruling handed down today to determine our path toward good implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, FACHE
President and CEO
Sisters of Charity Health System

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