Proposition 8 – Kidney Dialysis Clinics

Fiscal Impact:

According to the Legislative Analyst Office (LAO), Proposition 8 would have an overall annual effect on state and local governments ranging from net positive impact in the low tens of millions of dollars to net negative impact in the tens of millions of dollars.  The impact of the measure on clinics and on state and local government finances is uncertain because the impact would depend on future actions of (1) state regulators and courts in interpreting the measure, and (2) clinics in response to the measure.

CCC Position:

No position.

Reflections on Church Teaching:

The “principle of subsidiarity” must be respected: “A community of a higher order should not interfere with the life of a community of a lower order, taking over its functions.” In case of need it should, rather, support the smaller community and help to coordinate its activity with activities in the rest of society for the sake of the common good. —Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, #48 (1989)

“Profit and capital are not a good over and above the human person; they are at the service of the common good.  When the common good is used only at the service of profit and capital, this has a name: it is called exclusion, and through it the throwaway culture gets stronger and stronger. Throwaway and exclusion.” – Pope Francis, 2017

“Life and physical health are precious gifts entrusted to us by God.  We must take reasonable care of them, taking into account the needs of others and the common good.”  Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2288

”Concern for the health of its citizens requires that society help in the attainment of living conditions that allow them to grow and reach maturity, food and clothing, housing, health care, basic education, employment and social assistance.”  Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2288.

“We must speak of man’s rights.  Man has the right to live.  He has the right to bodily integrity and to the means necessary for the proper development of life, particularly food, clothing, shelter, medical care, rest, and finally, the necessary social services.”  Saint Pope John XXIII, Pacem in terris, no. 11 (1963).

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