Almost immediately after House Republicans unveiled the health care plan they hope will replace the Affordable Care Act, a number of Bible-quoting, justice-loving Christians began pointing out that the GOP's proposed replacement doesn't quite live up to Jesus's command to "heal the sick."
"He and I must have read different Scripture," said Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) Kennedy of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a major proponent of the GOP plan.
"The one that I read calls on us to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to shelter the homeless, and to comfort the sick. It reminds us that we are judged not by how we treat the powerful, but by how we care for the least among us."
Public theologian Diana Butler Bass tweeted a reminder that Jesus spent many of his earthly days healing lepers and restoring sight to the blind — for free.
Jesus' entire ministry was based on giving away free health care. What's so difficult in understanding that?— Diana Butler Bass (@dianabutlerbass) March 7, 2017
Princeton Theological Seminary associate professor Yolanda Pierce and Moral Mondays leader William Barber, pointed out that the GOP's proposed plan would affect those most in need.
Because if we did, we'd break the chains of systematic inequities instead of demeaning the most vulnerable...— Yolanda Pierce (@YNPierce) March 7, 2017
Today we see a health care repeal bill that is a sick & sad example of extremist whiling to sacrifice t/lives of t/poor, t/sick & t/elderly.— Rev. Dr. Barber (@RevDrBarber) March 7, 2017
Others point out that the Bible is pretty emphatic about how Christians are to treat the most vulnerable.
People God is clear about taking care of in the Bible: the sick, poor, vulnerable, & children— Sara Misgen (@saramisgen) March 7, 2017
People hurt by this healthcare plan: see above
#trumpcare— Ana Arqis❄️ (@AnaArqis) March 9, 2017
The "J" doesn't stand for Judas.
Jesus answered them "it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick".
On March 13, a report issued by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office revealed that an estimated 24 million people would lose their health care by 2026 — 14 million within the first year. Ryan celebrated the CBO report, pointing to the report's estimate that the plan would reduce the deficit by $337 billion by 2026. The report ignited a new wave of ire from the Twitter faithful.
Care for the poor.— Brian Zahnd (@BrianZahnd) March 14, 2017
Care for the sick.
Care for foreigners.
Care for prisoners.
Or else you're a goat.
As per Jesus.
@SpeakerRyan shocking that you claim that being Catholic matters to you when you SO hurt those in poverty with your Medicaid cuts! Stop IT!!— Sr. Simone Campbell (@sr_simone) March 13, 2017
In my reading of the Bible, pairing increased military spending with reduced healthcare spending is the opposite of Jesus' teaching.— Mark Reid, MD (@medicalaxioms) March 14, 2017
If Jesus is right in Mt.25 and we'll be judged by how we welcome strangers & care for the sick...some of our politicians are in big trouble.— Shane Claiborne (@ShaneClaiborne) March 14, 2017
"I was sick and you took away my health care." Paraphrasing Matthew 25:43— Brian D. McLaren (@brianmclaren) March 14, 2017
You should definitely let President Trump know what you think of Obamacare. https://t.co/wFv3gl0iTS— Bob Shine (@bobshine89) March 14, 2017