Republican Congressman Roger Marshall from Kansas’ First District was first really noticed on the national stage when his son dabbed in the family photos commemorating the congressman’s swearing-in by Paul Ryan. Well, now, the Trumplican has a solution to the healthcare crisis in America – just forget about the poor people, they don’t want to be healthy anyway. Jesus said so.
During an interview with the publication STAT, the Trump supporting representative said:
Just like Jesus said, ‘The poor will always be with us.’ There is a group of people that just don’t want health care and aren’t going to take care of themselves.
When asked to elaborate, he shrugged and continued:
Just, like, homeless people. … I think just morally, spiritually, socially, [some people] just don’t want health care. The Medicaid population, which is [on] a free credit card, as a group, do probably the least preventive medicine and taking care of themselves and eating healthy and exercising. And I’m not judging, I’m just saying socially that’s where they are. So there’s a group of people that even with unlimited access to health care are only going to use the emergency room when their arm is chopped off or when their pneumonia is so bad they get brought [into] the ER.
First of all, just WTF? Get the hell out of here with that shit. It isn’t a matter of the poor not wanting to eat healthy or exercise, or see their doctor regularly for preventative medicine. It’s the fact that when you have to feed a family on five on a budget that would barely feed one, it doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for organic kale with brown jasmine rice and salmon. Ground beef and Macaroni and Cheese are cheap and can be stretched to make not just one, but two dinners.
Compound that with work schedules, lack of paid time off, lack of funds for things like co-payments – and yeah, the poor will often only seek help in emergency situations. That doesn’t mean they don’t want to be healthy, it means their situation doesn’t permit them the opportunities to be well.
However, even with that said, statistics do not back up with this a-hole is even saying. Stats show that people ARE using their health insurance. Mammograms for example increased 60 percent after people were able to get covered due to the Affordable Care Act. Cholesterol screenings increased by 20 percent.
This congressman’s asinine comments are prompting people to leave messages on his Facebook page. Even fellow Christians are bothered in his mingling of Jesus Christ and Ayn Rand ideology.
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Just like most of Trump’s ilk, this guy is clueless as to what it is like to be an average person living in the not-so-privileged side of America.