The Hypocrisy of “Christian” Republicans and Healthcare

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There are more than 30 examples in the Gospels of Jesus being a healer. Basically, he was a walking, talking health clinic. Next to teaching, it may be the thing Jesus put the most time into.

When Jesus commanded his followers to “heal the sick,” it did not come with any caveats; there were no ifs, ands, or buts modifying his call to care for those suffering from illness or injury.

No proof of ability to pay was needed.

No pre-existing condition limited your coverage.

Rich, poor, male, female, believer, unbeliever, if you needed healing, you received it.

Most (if not all) of the GOP leadership love to wrap their public personas in a Christian flag. The problem is a great majority of the GOP political platform requires a person to either massively misconstrue the life and teachings of the man they claim to follow or to completely ignore them altogether.

The death-grip the GOP is trying to put on Obamacare\ACA puts a spotlight on their less than Christ-like behavior.

Don’t get me wrong, while Obamacare\ACA was a giant step in the right direction, it too fell well short of being everything it needed to be. But, a step in the right direction is, none-the-less, a step in the right direction.

The latest from the GOP is not so much a step in the wrong direction as it is a shove down a flight of stairs.

The Obamacare\ACA replacement they are pushing neither costs less nor covers more. As a matter of fact, literally millions of Americans will find that under the GOP plan their healthcare cost will increase. For millions more, it will be nearly impossible for them to receive any semblance of decent coverage.

The thing is, the GOP knows this. They have been clearly informed by the Congressional Budget Office of those realities. Never the less, they persist.

Then, as if to remove any doubt that they have zero real interest in following the teachings of Jesus, or any respectable moral code for that matter, their replacement plan gives massive tax breaks to the wealthiest among us.

What would Jesus do?

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

If you have any doubt that these politicians are serving the rich and wealthy, you simply are not paying attention.

When Jesus said, “when you do it unto the least of these, so too you do it unto me,” it wasn’t just some mystical statement about the reflection of God that resides in each of us.

It was a moral statement about the contentedness of life.

It was a recognition and a revelation that when one among us suffers, we all suffer.

It was given as a definitive measure of how well those who claim to be followers of Christ are actually are following Christ.

He was offering us a guiding principle about what love looks like when put into practice.

The GOP replacement plan is undeniably not what love looks like when put into practice. If anything, it is precisely what the love of money looks like when put into practice. They have, once again, reduced the priceless value of human life to a dollar sign and have devised a system that insures that not only will those who already have a plethora of those dollars receive more, but that will guarantee that there will be a whole lot less of “the least of these” around to compete for those dollars.

That’s not only un-Godly, it’s immoral.

That’s not only un-Christian, it’s deplorable.

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4 comments

  1. this would be true if medical rates were not so inflated ant the US didn’t try to help,everyone else. The ACA cost me $800 per month more than my previous health coverage, therefore making it unaffordable. $10,000.00 deductible per year is not even attainable.
    I am a Christian! If I can’t afford to cover myself, I definitely can not help cover someone else. I do not expect the government to provide free health care to anyone but Our Veterans, the elderly, or the disabled; wheather mental or physical.
    The only way to really help us as citizens of the US is to prevent the frivolous law suits against our doctors so that they can lower their cost. If a person accepts care from a doctor, they must relieve that person form liability, unless, it is gross negligence or some other mis-representation of their abilities.

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  2. Mark, thank you! As an atheist and former Christian, you’re spot on here. We should have universal healthcare where everyone is covered. We are the only first world nation in the world not to have universal healthcare.

    Most in the GOP have no morals or ethics. Their ‘christian’ fruit is rotten and stinks.

    Healthcare is a right and not a privilege.

    The ACA has its problems but insured a lot of people. Rather than throw the baby out with the bath water, it should be fixed.

    With less regulation I’m sure lifetime caps will return. So, with one major medical emergency or cancer scare, quickly that lifetime cap will be met.

    I don’t get government subsidies and pay out of pocket. At age 47, I pay $700 a month in California for a gold PPO with no deductible. I wish it was cheaper but I’m happy I have coverage because before the ACA I was unable to get insurance due to pre-existing conditions.

    Healthcare for all is the way to go for sure.

    Again, Mark, thank you for nailing it!

    Kudos!

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  3. Thank you for this post. I don’t understand how “Christians” who support a lying, cheating, narcissistic billionaire or want to repeal Obamacare can reconcile any of this with being Christian. I don’t understand how they can’t see the hypocrisy and cruelty in this horrific action (among many others under this administration). The only thing that explains it is that they aren’t real Christians at all — but use Christianity as a way to make themselves look good — and many people are dumb or ignorant enough to fall for the lie.

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