Meanwhile, de la Torre has been counting on local Democrats from Attorney General Martha Coakley on down to back the $895 million proposed sale of six Caritas Catholic hospitals to Cerberus, a for-profit, private equity firm.
Coakley recently approved the sale -- with conditions -- despite admonitions from her campaign opponent, Republican James McKenna, to recuse herself from the case.
De la Torre contributed $4,800 to her own Senate campaign in January, when Coakley lost a race to retain the seat held by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Republican Scott Brown ended up winning, giving the GOP a 40th Senate and allowing it to filibuster Democratic initiatives.
This is just another reminder about de la Torre's Dear Obama letter about healthcare reform.
How should we define access? Should every U.S. citizen have a primary care physician? Should anyone on U.S. soil at any given moment be entitled to medical care? Should the elderly and the very poor continue to have access that others do not? Does "access" define all medical care without reservation?
Where should we set the parameters for quality? Do we want to shoulder the tremendous costs of medicine that meet the very highest standards? What should be the goals for infant mortality, cancer survival rates, and other such metrics?
Don't you worry your pretty little heads though, the Cardinal says 'tis all as Catholic as the pope.
CJ's Press release:
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE CRITICIZES
CARITAS CHRISTI CHIEF FOR HOSTING OBAMA FUNDRAISER
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized Doctor Ralph de la Torre, chief executive of Caritas Christi Health Care--the network of six Catholic hospitals affiliated with the Archdiocese of Boston--for hosting President Barack Obama at a political fundraiser in his Newton home. The event, held yesterday, reportedly raised $900,000 for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
The Catholic Action League called de la Torre's decision to host the affair "a stunning example of audacious hypocrisy."
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle stated: "On October 13th, Dr. de la Torre testified before the Massachusetts Public Health Council about the 'bedrock' Catholic values of Caritas Christi being preserved under his leadership following its impending sale to new owners. Three days later, he hosted a campaign event showcasing a political figure whose support for legal and unrestricted abortion is a bedrock component of his political ideology. Ralph de la Torre is of course, a repeat offender in these matters. In 2009, he was a prominent contributor to Attorney-General Martha Coakley, who famously advised pro-life Catholics not to work in hospital emergency rooms."
"No rational person can reasonably be expected to take seriously alleged guarantees of the future Catholic identity of Caritas Christi when Ralph de la Torre's own political choices speak to indifference and infidelity to fundamental Catholic moral teaching."