In defending the disastrous new GOP proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, Paul Ryan described it as an “act of mercy.” Congressman Joe Kennedy responded by challenging the understanding of scripture and mercy of the once enthusiastic Ayn Rand fanboy, who after one of his supposed conversions to Catholic social teaching still cautioned against “too much solidarity” in a ridiculous article at America:
There is no mercy in a system that makes healthcare 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…This is not an “act of mercy.” It is an act of malice.
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) March 8, 2017
Of course, if elected Democrats displayed a consistent commitment to this standard of mercy for all human persons, there is little chance that such an immoral, incoherent healthcare proposal would be up for debate.