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December 11, 2019

December 11, 2019

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on December 11, 2019

4:00 – New Healthcare Rules Force Insurers to Disclose Costs

The Department for Health and Human Services recently announced two rules that require hospitals and insurers to publicly disclose the costs patients actually pay for healthcare, doctor visits and prescription drugs. This increased information should help spur competition and thus lower the costs of healthcare. We talk about it with Brad Hahn.

4:20 – One Year from the Election, Where is the Catholic Vote Headed?

Less than a year before the 2020 presidential election, a landmark poll of both Catholic and non-Catholic voters found that Catholics largely align with other American voters, representing a broad diversity of political perspectives and plans for the upcoming national election. In other words, Catholic voters are largely indistinguishable from the general public. Still, it’s an important group to monitor as the winner of the Catholic vote typically wins the election. We’ll look at the poll with Matthew Bunson.

5:00 – “Exactly as you are” The Christian Love of Mr Rogers

Mr. Rogers is well known for his song “I Like You as you are.”  Rogers fiercely believed that all people deserve love. This conviction wasn’t simply sentimental: it came directly from his Christian faith. God, he insisted, loves us just the way we are. We take a closer look at his spirituality with Shea Tuttle.

5:40 – Catholic Nurses Weigh in on “Death with Dignity”

We spoke recently with Dr Ashley Fernandes after the Ohio Nurses Association, a union with 11,000 members, recently endorsed legalizing assisted suicide and committed itself to “educating the public about medical aid in dying, supporting legislation to protect the rights of dying patients to control the circumstances of their death and providing resources to nurses about the nurse’s role in caring for patients requesting medical aid in dying.” Janet Munday of the Association of Catholic Nurses joins us with a look at how Catholic nurses can help a person prepare for the end of life.