In 2011 Catholic hospitals received $27 billion from public sources—almost half of their revenues. Some critics have charged that Catholic hospitals have been on a merger spree in recent years, creating corporate entities that are less sensitive to the needs of the poor. Statistics from an American Civil Liberties Union/Merger Watch report seem to support this criticism. Catholic hospitals are now providing less care for the poor than other religious nonprofit hospitals and not much more than secular nonprofit hospitals. They also receive a lower percentage of revenue from Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income and disabled folk, than any other type of hospital, including for-profit ones (Mother Jones, December 18).