Sr. Simone Campbell, the original “Nun on the Bus” and the leader of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice since 2004, is a Presidentially-certified healthcare hero.
In early 2010, as the historic vote on the Affordable Care Act was looming, the legislation was in jeopardy. Many Catholic lawmakers supported the ACA but were wary of defying the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who opposed the bill on anti-abortion grounds.
Then, Campbell and NETWORK released a letter to Congress from organizations and communities representing tens of thousands of Catholic Sisters. They turned the “right to life” argument on its head: “For us, this health care reform is a faith mandate for life and dignity of all of our people,” they wrote. “We urge you to vote “yes” for life by voting yes for health care reform.”
The so-called “Nuns’ Letter” provided the cover some Catholic lawmakers needed, tipping the scales toward passage. President Obama himself thanked Campbell and invited her to the signing of the law that has led to millions of Americans getting access to healthcare.
We are thrilled that Sr. Simone Campbell is the latest faith-motivated healthcare advocate to join us for a Faith in Healthcare Five-Minute Interview.