Discussing Medicaid expansion, one of your readers quoted Jesus' statement that whatever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me. In Jesus' time the very poor were windows and orphans. There were others too, of course.
Most Americans want to make sure that we have a safety net for the very poor in our country. That is why we have Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment payments, food banks, both local and federally funded, free school breakfasts and lunches, section 8 housing, etc. Actually, we are doing a pretty good job taking care of the poor in the United States.
Jesus also said that we should be good stewards of our resources. Both Democratic and Republican politicians acknowledge that there is great waste and fraud in our present medical system. Isn't it time to go after the corruption and cheaters in hospitals, clinics, corporations, doctor's offices and patients to save the billions being lost? If the government did that maybe there would be more money for Medicaid and Medicare.
Jesus also said that the poor will always be with us. If we continue to go into debt (now $17 trillion) and interest rates raise in the future, as they certainly will, our debt will sky rocket. Taxes will be raised out of necessity and programs for everyone including the poor will be cut (see Greece, Spain, Portugal, etc).
What will happen to the future poor? Are they less deserving than the present poor? With the cuts, those in the future will receive less than the poor are currently receiving. Is that fair? Is it Christian?
The writer lives in North Myrtle Beach.