On March 8, 2017 Representative Joe Kennedy III made the following statement in response to Paul Ryan’s claims that TrumpCare is an act of mercy.
The transcript is below:
“I was struck last night by a comment that I heard made by Speaker Ryan, where he called this repeal bill ‘an act of mercy.’ With all due respect to our speaker, he and I must have read different Scripture. The one 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. Mercy.
Defined in purely secular terms; compassionate treatment for those in distress. Its kindness and it is grace. There is no mercy in a system that makes health care a luxury. There is no mercy in a country that turns their back on those most in need of protection: the elderly, the poor, the sick, and the suffering. There is no mercy in a cold shoulder to the mentally ill. There is no mercy in a policy that takes for granted the sweat, the tears, and the sacrifices of working Americans that they shed everyday so that they might care for their families basic needs: food, shelter, health, and hope for tomorrow. There is no mercy in the 2.6 million people who will lose their job if ObamaCare is repealed. This is not an act of mercy. It is an act of malice.”