On December 22, 2012, blogger Robert Quinn forwarded The Daily Caller Executive Editor David Martosko’s article of the same date, “Obamacare could drive Little Sisters of the Poor out of the US” with the comment, “Obama, through fraudulent documents and deceit, gets to “play” president not once but twice. Now he’s “playing” GOD! What’s next?”
In DC Editor Martosko’s column It is explained that the Little Sisters of the Poor, is a very well known and respected Catholic religious institute for women, founded in the 19th century by a young woman who later gained the eminence of sainthood, Jeanne Jugan of France. Her mission and that of the organization she conducted, ‘The Little Sisters of the Poor’ was to care for the impoverished elderly who were cast into the streets of France.
Martosko wrote of St. Jugan’s beginnings at her mission by “welcoming an elderly lady into her home and work … that began.” This initial care offering to one lady continued as “Jugan gradually built up homes in and around Rennes … going on the streets of France to collect money for her organization.”
According to American Foundations, the online homepage of the organization today, “the first group of Little Sisters destined for America leaves the motherhouse on August 28, 1868; Jeanne Jugan helps to see them off. After a long journey by boat they set foot on American soil in Brooklyn, New York, on September 13, 1868. No one speaks English.
“Soon after arriving in Brooklyn the Little Sisters receive their first donation, a gift of $20.00, from Rev. Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulists. After welcoming their first Residents, the Sisters write back to the motherhouse: “The public appear delighted to see that we are willing to work for the poor; that we ask no endowment; that we desire to trust in Providence and in the generosity of the public.”
DC Editor Martosko adds that currently, “The Little Sisters of the Poor take care of elderly patients in 31 countries, (including homes in Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Penang, New Zealand and Philippines), continuing in their original purpose of caring for the elderly, but on Dec. 16 a (U. S. Congressional) representative told the congregation of Saint Raymond of Peñafort Church in Springfield, Va., that her order could conceivably be forced to pull out of the United States if paying fines and penalties is the only alternative to compromising on the doctrines of their religion.
“A religious order of nuns is concerned about its future presence in the United States because of Obamacare’s impact on its charitable operations.
The Little Sisters of the Poor told The Daily Caller that it may not qualify for a long-term exemption from Obamacare’s healthcare mandate. The law requires the order to provide government-approved health insurance to its 300 sisters who tend to the elderly in 30 U.S. cities.
“The exception is needed, said Sister Constance Carolyn Veit, the Little Sisters’ communications director, because Catholic teaching opposes contraception and medical treatments that cause sterility or can cause abortions.
“President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul law requires employers to include those services in qualifying health care plans they provide for their employees.