Are U.S. Catholic hospitals under threat? Yes, experts say -- but they're more concerned about "backdoor" erosions of conscience protections than about a proposed Freedom of Choice Act or even the Obama administration's rescinding of conscience regulations.
One expert told us "challenges to Catholic hospitals are more likely to come through Obama's comprehensive health care reform that might require participating hospitals to provide abortion. Moreover, the new health insurance plan Obama seems to favor would result in people going off private plans and onto new public plans, making hospitals even more dependent on public monies as government assumes more control of the system."
Our cover story in the March 29 issue explains. Read it here.