Healthcare

GOP Rep: Just Like Jesus Said, The Poor Should Be Left to Die

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Look, I may be agnostic, but I'm pretty sure Jesus did not say the poor should eat shit and die.

In an interview with STAT, Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS) says he doesn’t support Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion because he believes some poor people just don’t want health care.

Just like Jesus said, ‘The poor will always be with us,’” Marshall, a doctor and first-term congressman, said. “There is a group of people that just don’t want health care and aren’t going to take care of themselves.

It's been decades since the last time I sat in a church pew or Sunday school, but I can't seem to recall that time Jesus said we should deny poor people access to healthcare. I believe healing the sick, feeding the hungry, and clothing the poor was more his style. But then again, I never read the gospels of Free Market Jesus.

Representative Marshall is a member of GOP's Doctors Caucus, a collection of cognitively dissonant men who apparently took an oath to do as much harm as possible.

  • Jesus was quoting a line from Deuteronomy, in which God encouraged the Israelites to practice continuous and energetic charity. Fred Clark says it better than I could:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2017/03/03/ignorant-jerks-abusing-poor-will-always-will-always/

  • Draxiar

    These are things they tell themselves as Republican Christians to make themselves feel better.

  • 1933john

    Which Jesus?

  • Christopher Foxx

    There is a group of people that just don’t want health care

    Where? Where are these people?

    Roger Marshall, show me the people you asked who said “No, I don’t want healthcare for myself or for my children. When we’re sick, we want to stay that way.” I challenge you to produce any.

  • Aynwrong

    They’re not Christians. They’re members of a tribe. The word Christianity is little more than proof of membership. It’s the equivalent of a goofy handshake to get into the local Elks lodge. They will forgive any sin and turn a blind eye towards any crime so long as we’re talking about one of their own. Guilt is only a question of membership.

    To paraphrase Alex Jones, “These people are sick.”