Concerns about Tea Party’s views on Medicaid

I write in reference to a recent article in the Times concerning the Ohio tea party’s use of the IRS to attack the expansion of Medicaid. What unholy glee they take in denying others the right to basic healthcare. And they know that wanting to deprive 366,000 eligible people from getting Medicaid coverage doesn’t look good, so they are trying to distract us with this “scandal” in regard to the high pay of hospital executives. For the sake of the many children who will suffer because of their selfishness, they must not be allowed to avoid scrutiny in this way.

If Medicaid is not expanded in Ohio, thousands of low-income people will get much sicker and some will die. Many will live a life of misery, not being able to go to the hospital or even see a doctor. And some of those who die will be children. Does it make sense that the richest country on earth allows its children to die needlessly? Do the lives of children who live in poverty count to you? And if not, why not?

And most of these tea party members profess to be Christians don’t they? I see all these letters to the editor using religion to justify harming others and it sickens me. To those who claim to follow the teachings of Jesus I would ask them to read Matthew 25:31-46, where he said “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

And I have one more thing to add. If Jesus lived in this country today, the Republican Party would have no place at all for this good man.

Regina Carpenter