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The Obamacare 'scandal' you haven't heard about
Few Bible Belt pastors mention what's in their backyard, millions of poor people trapped in the Obamacare “coverage gap.”
November 8th, 2013
10:01 AM ET

The Obamacare 'scandal' you haven't heard about

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - The Rev. Timothy McDonald gripped the pulpit with both hands, locked eyes with the shouting worshippers, and decided to speak the unspeakable.

The bespectacled Baptist minister was not confessing to a scandalous love affair or the theft of church funds. He brought up another taboo: the millions of poor Americans who won’t get health insurance beginning in January because their states refused to accept Obamacare.

McDonald cited a New Testament passage in which Jesus gathered the 5,000 and fed them with five loaves and two fishes. Members of his congregation bolted to their feet and yelled, “C’mon preacher” and “Yessir” as his voice rose in righteous anger.

“What I like about our God is that he doesn’t throw people away,” McDonald told First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta during a recent Sunday service. “There will be health care for every American. Don’t you worry when they try to cast you aside.  Just say I’m a leftover for God and leftovers just taste better the next day!”

McDonald’s congregation cheered, but his is a voice crying in the wilderness. He’s willing to condemn state leaders whose refusal to accept Obamacare has left nearly 5 million poor Americans without health coverage. But few of the most famous pastors in the Bible Belt will join him.

Joel Osteen? Bishop T.D. Jakes, and other prominent pastors throughout the South?

Like McDonald, they preach in states where crosses and church steeples dot the skyline yet the poor can’t get the health insurance they would receive if they lived elsewhere. All declined to comment.

When people talk about the Affordable Care Act, most focus on the troubled launch of its website. But another complication of the law has received less attention: a “coverage gap” that will leave nearly 5 million poor Americans without health care, according to a Kaiser Health Foundation study.

Learn more from Kaiser about the coverage gap in states that refused Obamacare

The coverage gap was created when 25 states refused to accept the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. The people who fall into this gap make too much money to qualify for Medicaid and not enough to qualify for Obamacare subsidies in their state insurance exchanges. If they lived elsewhere, they would probably get insurance. But because they live in a state that refused the new health care law, they likely will remain among the nation’s uninsured poor after Obamacare coverage kicks in come January.

The coverage gap has been treated as a political issue, but there is a religious irony to the gap that has been ignored.

Most of the people who fall into the coverage gap live in the Bible Belt, a 14-state region in the South stretching from North Carolina to Texas and Florida. The Bible Belt is the most overtly Christian region in the country, filled with megachurches and pastors who are treated like celebrities.  All but two Bible Belt states have refused to accept the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare.

Should Bible Belt pastors say anything publicly about the millions of poor people in their communities stranded by the coverage gap? Is it anti-Christian for state leaders to turn down help for the people Jesus called “the least of these"? Or should pastors say nothing publicly about such issues because they are strictly political?

CNN's Sanjay Gupta explains who falls into the coverage gap

Who speaks for the poor in the coverage gap?

When these questions were sent to many of the most popular pastors in the Bible Belt, they hit a wall of silence. Virtually no prominent pastor wanted to talk about the uninsured poor in their midst.

Joel Osteen, pastor of the largest church in the nation, declined to be interviewed about the subject. So did Bishop T.D. Jakes. Their megachurches are both in Texas, the state with the nation’s highest number of people without health insurance.

Max Lucado, the best-selling Christian author who is a minister at a church in Texas, declined to speak; Charles Stanley, the Southern Baptist pastor in Georgia whose In Touch Ministries reaches millions around the globe, declined to speak; Ed Young Sr. and Ed Young Jr., a father and son in Texas who pastor two of the fastest-growing churches in the nation, also declined to speak. 

Bishop T.D. Jakes declined to talk about the millions of poor people stranded in the “coverage gap."

The list goes on.

The silence is not hard to understand. Obamacare is a polarizing political issue in the Bible Belt. A pastor who publicly weighs in on the subject could divide his or her congregation or risk their job. And some prominent pastors like Osteen are popular in part because they  do not alienate fans by taking political stands.

The Rev. Phil Wages, senior pastor Winterville First Baptist Church in Georgia and a blogger, was one of the few Bible Belt ministers willing to speak on the subject.

He says he won’t preach about the coverage gap created by the state’s rejection of the Medicaid expansion because he has what he calls theological differences with the thrust of the new health care law.

Wages says the Bible teaches that the care of orphans, widows and the sick are given to the church, not to the government. Early Christians were the first to create hospitals, orphanages and hospices.

“I have an issue with the government coming in to get money through me - through taxes - to take care of people, when my argument is that I should be free to give to charities or to my church in order to take care of the sick and destitute,” he says.

Wages says he has no doubt that lack of health insurance is a monumental problem, and that many people are poor because of circumstances beyond their control. Yet there is no New Testament example of Jesus trying to shape public policy on behalf of the poor.

“I do not see any biblical precedent where Jesus ever went to Herod or Pilate and said you should be taking care of the poor,” Wages says. “Jesus told his disciples to take care of the poor and the apostles said the same thing to the early church.”

Wages’ position is impractical and unbiblical, says Ronald Sider, a longtime advocate for the poor and author of “The Scandal of Evangelical Politics."

Churches and charities don’t have enough resources to take care of an estimated 48 million Americans who don’t have health care. The Bible is filled with examples of God's fury over economic oppression of the poor, which Christians should regard as scandalous, he says.

“If you are not sharing God’s concern for the poor, it raises huge questions about whether you are a Christian at all,” he says about pastors who say nothing about the uninsured poor.

“As God’s spokespersons, you ought to be talking about God’s concern for the poor as much as God. In the richest nation in world history, it’s contradictory to have millions without health insurance.”

“It absolutely stinks”

The coverage gap may inspire a religious debate, but for its victims the issue is raw and personal.

A recent New York Times article about the coverage gap revealed that many of its victims are the working poor: cooks, cashiers, sales clerks and waitresses.

“These are people who are working people but they haven’t been able to afford health insurance or their employers don’t offer it and they’re stuck,” says Andy Miller, editor of Georgia Health News, a nonprofit news organization that covers health news in the state. “A lot of these folks have chronic health conditions.”

They are people like Shelley “Myra” Mitchell, a single mom with four children who makes $9 an hour working at a Chick-fil-A in Georgia. She makes $18,000 a year – too much for Georgia’s existing Medicaid program, but not enough to qualify for subsidies to sign up for Obamacare’s insurance marketplace in Georgia.

Mitchell’s voice grew edgy with frustration when asked to describe her health needs. She rang up about $20,000 in emergency room bills because she has no health insurance. She can’t afford to get pap smears, go to the dentist or get surgery for a two-year-old hernia. She can’t take medication for her depression and anxiety because she can’t afford it.

She thought she could get help under Obamacare but recently learned she can’t because Georgia did not accept the law’s Medicaid expansion.

“It stinks,” she says. “I’ve been dealing with this hernia for two years now, and I can’t get anyone to help me because I don’t have health insurance. It absolutely stinks.”

Why pastors should stay silent about the coverage gap

Mitchell’s plight may stink. But at what point should a pastor go public on such a complex issue, and what could he or she actually say?

Two prominent evangelical pastors openly wrestled with those questions.

Andy Stanley is one of the most popular evangelical pastors in the nation. He is the senior pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, a megachurch with at least 33,000 members. He is also the author of the forthcoming book “How to be Rich,” which urges Christians to be "rich in good deeds" instead of wealth. His church recently announced that it donated $5.2 million to Atlanta charities and provided another 34,000 volunteer hours.

Joel Osteen has the largest church in America. He also declined to speak about the coverage gap.

Stanley says the coverage gap disturbs him. The church cannot handle the needs of millions of uninsured people alone and should quit taking shots at government involvement, he says. But he adds that it’s not anti-Christian for political leaders in states like Georgia to turn down the Medicaid expansion for the poor.

“If you really want to know how concerned someone is for the poor ask them what percentage of their personal money they give to organizations that help the poor,” he says. “Ask them how much time they give to organizations that help the poor.”

Stanley says it would be difficult for any pastor to talk about the Medicaid expansion without addressing the entire law.

“I tried to imagine a scenario where I urged people to write our governor encouraging him to reconsider his decision regarding the expansion of Medicaid for the poor,” he says. “As I imagined that, I got the feeling that by the time I finished explaining the issue, people’s eyes would be glazed over.”

Pastors who don't preach one way or the other on Medicaid expansion aren't callous or apathetic, says Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. They may be suspicious of a bigger government and skeptical of whether this move will solve the problem.

“The Bible calls on Christians to answer the cries of the poor,” he says. “All Christians must do that. The question of the Medicaid expansion is a question of how we do that. I don’t hear many people arguing that we shouldn’t care about the plight of the poor when it comes to medical care. The question is a genuine debate about the role of the state.”

Moore says some people have a “utopian view” of what state power can accomplish.

“Government programs sometimes encourage dependency, unintentionally break down family structures, and become unsustainable financially,” Moore says.

Bob Coy, pastor of Calvary Chapel megachurch in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, wondered aloud about what he could, and should, say.

Florida, which has the second highest number of people without health insurance behind Texas, has not accepted the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

Coy says he hasn’t spoken publicly about poor people missing health coverage in Florida. But he has called the governor to get more information.

“I’m not an activist guy. I don’t tell the government what to do. I am a church guy. I teach the Bible.”

That doesn’t mean he doesn’t care for the poor, though, Coy says. He grew up in a poor family that couldn’t afford to go to the dentist. His church also spends a large percentage of its budget on serving the poor.

Coy says he is suspicious of large-scale programs that are publicly funded because they are often abused.

“One side of our society is saying, 'We need this,' while on the other side is saying, 'This isn’t fair and isn’t going to work.’ So how should a pastor, who has a heart to help people, respond?”

Why pastors should speak out

The Rev. Shane Stanford’s answer to Coy is simple: Talk about justice for the poor like Jesus did.

Stanford is the senior pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis and author of “Five Stones: Conquering Your Giants.”

He is also HIV-positive. He was born a hemophiliac and contracted the virus when he was 16 during treatment for his illness.

Stanford says he publicly speaks out about the millions of Americans stranded without health coverage because he knows how it feels. Once, after heart surgery, he was getting a transfusion when a nurse came into the room and pulled the needle out of his arm because she said he had maxed out his health insurance coverage.

He says standing up for people in the coverage gap is a matter of justice.

“Sometimes pastors have to tell people what they need to hear, not what they want to hear.”

Stanford ignores fellow pastors who counsel him to be silent about his state and others that refused to accept the Medicaid expansion.

“They say you have to be careful talking about political issues,” he says. “When I look at their lives, part of me thinks they never had that needle yanked out of their arm.”

Conservative pastors who urge their colleagues to avoid politics are hypocrites, says James Cone, a prominent theologian who has spent much of his career writing books condemning white churches for what he says is their indifference to social justice.

“When their own interests are involved, they are very much involved in politics,” Cone says. “Same-sex marriage and abortion – they have no trouble politically opposing them.”

Cone, a professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York, says a nation is defined by how it treats its most vulnerable members. But there is an entrenched hostility to poor people in America that goes unchallenged by some white, conservative Christians, he says.

“When poor people get food stamps, they get mad,” Cone says. “When the rich and corporations get tax breaks and pay no taxes, they don’t say anything.”

McDonald, the pastor who spoke out on behalf of poor people from his Atlanta church, says Jesus provided universal health care. The Gospels are filled with accounts of Jesus healing marginalized people.

“He did it for free,” McDonald says of Jesus’ healing. “The reason the crowds gathered around Jesus primarily was for healing. People want wholeness.”

Perhaps the gap between Bible Belt pastors who say nothing about the uninsured poor and those who do is also rooted in history. 

Conservative Christians have traditionally emphasized providing charity to the poor - soup kitchens, donations to impoverished people in undeveloped countries - while progressive Christians have blended charity with calls for public policy changes that help the poor.

The distinction between both approaches was distilled by a memorable quote from the late Brazilian Roman Catholic Bishop Dom Helder Camara, who said: "When I feed the poor they call me a saint. When I ask why so many people are poor they call me a communist."

That may be changing as a new generation of evangelicals rise in the Bible Belt and elsewhere. One minister who speaks to them is the Rev. Timothy Keller, a conservative Christian author who pastors a megachurch in New York.

Keller is the author of “Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just,” a popular book that argues that evangelicals should do more than preach personal salvation; they must “speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves.” He is a role model for many younger evangelicals.

“God loves and defends those with the least economic and social power, and so should we. That is what it means to ‘do justice.’ ’’

CNN.com recently contacted Keller to see if he would talk about "Generous Justice" and how it might apply to health care and the poor. Did he think pastors in Bible Belt states should say anything publicly on behalf of poor people being denied basic medical insurance? His publicist said she would contact Keller with the request.

Several days later, she returned with Keller’s answer.

He had no comment. 

- CNN Writer

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  1. Charlie

    The article picture is deceptive. The 5 million being left out are mostly working poor, not homeless.

    Of course, these folks are part of the 47% that don't pay income tax. So we shouldn't care about them. Never mind that they pay payroll and other taxes.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
  2. gmmoe

    There is a lot of scripture which talks about compassion to others and the poor. While I realize pastors must consider how they will address "political" issues, the Scripture is not silent on the treatment of people and the treatment of the poor. I haven't read all of these comments, but I have been amazed at the lack of concern by today's conservatives who oppose abortion but are not pro-life once the child is born. We have a child hunger problem in this country they do not acknowledge. It's because their bellies are full. Read the Scriptures and proclaim all of them, not just anti-abortion. Remember that much of the church (especially in the south) in the past has been wrong on social issues such as slavery and civil rights. The Southern Baptists apologized years ago for the slavery issue in the 1800s (not sure of entire context and don't want to misrepresent the apology). Let's get ahead of this one by simply obeying Christ and obeying the spirit of the law and not just the letter of the law.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
  3. Live4Him

    How many homeless people can afford insurance?

    November 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • Keeth

      Lots of folks have a car but can't afford car insurance. Are you asking about healthcare or health insurance Live4Him?

      November 8, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
      • Live4Him

        My point was that homeless people, as pictured in the article, cannot afford ObamaCare. So, why did they include that image on this article.

        November 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  4. Keeth

    Cap. Obvious,
    Can you name one person in this country that died because they couldn't get medical care?

    November 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
  5. Church and Charity

    Churches were the 1st to take care of the poor, widows and orphans. Churches were in the welfare business and social services before the government tried to take it over and created choas, mis-management and exploitation. The Government tries to play God by re-distributing the wealth in a socialist manner. Most churches continue to feed the poor and offer all kinds of support for the poor and people who are elderly or otherwise unable to obtain help for thier basic needs that the Government fails to provide.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
  6. KC

    Funny, pastors have no problem attacking abortion laws or gay unions, but healthcare for the poor..NOOOO.

    They are liars, they onlt want those who can give to the church, not take from it.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
  7. Jeebusss

    Easy answer: Many Christians are complete hypocrites. Next question......

    November 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
  8. Dino

    Forget about the church and state analogy. It's ok to turn a blind eye to the governments funding of wars, spying, corporate welfare, wall street bail outs, millions of dollars that no one knows what happened to in Iraq? I could go on and on. Think about what is the right thing to do. What, or who would it hurt for any of the states that won't set up health insurance exchanges did so? I would much rather for my tax money stay in my state, helping people instead of getting used in a way that would make you want to cry. What's really sad is that there are again the poor who get left in the cold, All of us are just an accident, illness, loss of job away from being stuck in the gap ourselves. All that happens in life to you is not always of your own making and all the planning in the world can not always change this fact.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
  9. BobFromPA

    They don't because they are hypocrites and there only real god is money!

    November 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
  10. Kathy

    The writer of this article is just trying to deflect what obama and the democrats are doing to Americans who already had insurance and trying to redistribute the assets of the people who are actually working and earning their way to the ones who do not work. They have arranged to give free health care to some, but destroying the health care of the millions who have earned their own healthcare. I believe obama did this on purpose so that he can redistribute wealth and lead into a government (communist) type one payer system. Americans do not want a one payer system. This limits your healthcare, as you can already see with obamacare. you cannot necessarily keep your doctor. you cannot necessarily go to the hospital you prefer, these decisions are made for you. They are just trying to blame pastors for not complaining, when they would then scream "separation of church and state" and take away tax exemptions. Shame on CNN for assisting in this nefarious plot. If you lose your insurance as employees of CNN and have to take obamacare when obama and his minions do not, too bac

    November 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Jeff Rome NY

      Lol. You're funny. Also, you have no idea what "communist" means, do you, Hannity Kathy?

      November 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • BobFromPA

      Most of the progressive capitalistic Democracies in the world have a one payer system so get your facts straight.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • Lisa

      Try some new sources of information. You sound genuinely concerned.. if only you had the right information, you could be an agent of change for the better.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
  11. Robyn

    Before you totally trash 'conservative pastors and Christians' for not speaking out, you need to consider one very important, yet little known, point. A church that is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization risks loosing it's non-profit status (translated: have to pay corporate taxes) if it's pastor preaches about ANY political issues/topics from the pulpit. It does not matter that the issue may be in line with their religious beliefs, if it is 'political in any way, they jeopardize their non-profit status. This includes supporting one political canditate over another to criticizing Obamacare, which is now law. Pastors must walk a tight rope between preaching what is right and violating the law.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Lisa

      If only it were enforced, you'd be correct. Sadly, it's not.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
    • jimjoebob

      You're joking, right? Surely you cannot failed to have noticed the nearly uncountable numbers of Evangelical and Catholic clergy who engage in overt, specific, aggressively political lobbying of their congregation, basically (or even explicitly) telling them they'll spend eternity in Hell if they don't vote Republican. If you somehow really haven't noticed this, a simple web search for relevant terms such as "political activism pastors churches" should enlighten you.

      And how many such churches have ever lost their 501(c)(3) status for these blatant violations of their tax-exempt status? One. That's right - *one*.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
  12. james

    Anyone who does not believe in Obamacare is pretty smart.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
  13. Liza Fenneli

    These poor people qualify for MEDICAID. MEDICAID IS THEIR INSURANCE. DUH!

    November 8, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
    • tallulah13

      How about the working Americans who can't afford health insurance? They are the ones falling through the gaps and some of them end up on the street. I have to wonder why so many Americans are opposed to a plan that saves lives and actually saves federal money.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
    • Steve8271

      Actually the entire point of the article is that a large portion of them do not qualify for Medicaid because they live in a state that refused to expand Medicaid benefits.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • jimjoebob

      Why did you bother to comment on an article that you didn't read? If you had, you would have noticed this paragraph:

      "The coverage gap was created when 25 states refused to accept the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. The people who fall into this gap make too much money to qualify for Medicaid and not enough to qualify for Obamacare subsidies in their state insurance exchanges. If they lived elsewhere, they would probably get insurance. But because they live in a state that refused the new health care law, they likely will remain among the nation’s uninsured poor after Obamacare coverage kicks in come January."

      November 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • Robyn

      Not all of them qualify for Medicaid. Medicaid is a state-run program, not federal, hence the reason 28 states were able to opt out of extending medicaid benefits to those who can't affort insurance under Obamacare (go back and re-read the article. I think you missed it.) Also, many charity programs (and some goverment programs) require applicants to have a permanent address to apply. Do you know any homeless that have permanent addresses? And are you aware that doctors can choose NOT to accept Medicaid patients? So if you are homeless and do get Medicaid, but you live in a small town where there is not a doctor that accepts Medicaid, Medicaid doesn't help you much, does it?

      November 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
    • Spinner49

      Medicaid is for the abject poor. The expansion is for the working poor who make just enough money not to qualify, but to little for subsidized insurance. It's a donut hole that red states don't want to fill.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
  14. flasher3838

    complete b/s. just another example of cnn carrying water for liberal democrats. deciding what is a scandal and what is not. just pathetic

    November 8, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
    • Sean W

      well said

      November 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • smr413

      What in the hell does this have to do with liberal democrats? If you had roaches in the pantry you'd blame it on liberals. You lost the election, get over it and move on with your life.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
  15. Cole

    What has happened to Americans when care for the poor divides us? We are better than that.

    November 8, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I don't think we are better than that anymore. There is a culture of greed in this country that overwhelms humanity and compassion. Sadly, there are a lot of people out there who would happily destroy their neighbor if it profited them. It appears a lot of those people call themselves christian.

      I'm an atheist, but I believe there's a lot of wisdom in the words attributed to Christ. It makes me sad when people use his name in an attempt to legitimize their own selfishness.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
  16. Noelle

    Yes, the bible belt pastors SHOULD say something about the poor, but the never have before and I don't think they will start now. It's all about people being "saved" by accepting "jesus" as their savior. They really don't care about the poor people. Last winter, when I was out of money and needed oil desperately, I called our local baptist church, and the pastor asked if I had any gold jewelry to sell. Can you believe that? These so-called "religious" people don't give a hoot about anyone but themselves and money.

    November 8, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
    • Sean W

      Absolute garbage. More likely that the church didn't have money to give at that time. Do you think that every local church sits on a pot of gold? What this ridiculous article leaves out is the massive amount of work the church does for the poor, not only in America, but abroad. This is no other organization on the planet that does more. Period. (not in the Obama "period" way)

      November 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
      • Steve8271

        The point isn't that the church in general doesn't help the less fortunate. No one other than a troll would try to make that claim. The point is that there are certain individuals who claim to want to help the less fortunate but turn a blind eye to a situation in which literally millions of people are unable to receive help because they are afraid of the consequences taking a stand might have on their position of power.

        November 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
    • Robyn

      Well, on a practical note, if you came to me and wanted a hand out and you had sellable assets that you didn't need that would raise cash for you if you sold them, I would ask that question too. Don't ask for handouts if you aren't willing to help yourself. Did you have jewelry you could sell to help your self?

      November 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
    • Jack

      I am a christian with a "c"! I believe in doing the right thing which is helping someone everyday in a meaningful way. I don't need to for people to know that I gave some much to whatever. I don't need to for people to how much I donated. It's just done when and where I and my wife can! God will keep the tally if he wants to!

      Yes, in my mind, quit building big fancy church's help others get a leg back up! In my mind God wants us to help others! Do the small things and big things will happen!

      November 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
    • Jack

      I am a christian with a "c"! I believe in doing the right thing which is helping someone everyday in a meaningful way. I don't need to for people to know that I gave so much to whatever. I don't need for people to how much I donated. It's just done when and where I and my wife can! God will keep the tally if he wants to!

      Yes, in my mind, quit building big fancy church's; help others get a leg back up! In my mind God wants us to help others! Do the small things and big things will happen!

      November 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
  17. Ana

    First you complain that churches stick their noses in politics and they shouldn't. Now they are staying out of it and you complain. What do you want?

    November 8, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      I think it might have something to do with expecting Christians to follow the law set forth in the const!tution AND being compassionate towards the poor and undesirables among us. But I'm not entirely sure.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
    • tallulah13

      The pastors and preachers of conservative churches are too busy counting their money and pandering to politicians to give a damn about the poor.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
    • jimjoebob

      Perhaps for some of these preachers to feel a seldom-experienced emotion called "shame"? But first they would have to notice and recognize their hypocrisy in claiming to shepherds of Christ's flock, who preached that wealth is inherently sinful and that the wealthy should give all that they own to the poor.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
  18. Michael Scarn

    ...

    November 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
  19. some_guy24

    tell em to pay taxes like everyone else

    November 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
  20. Comen

    John Blake, another shortsighted JackA Obsma propagandist who cannot understand the problem, it's cause and how Obama is making the problem worse...

    November 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • Jeff Rome NY

      Lol. You're funny.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • fnordz

      Yeah, because making insurance companies extend coverage makes the problem WORSE, right? Get a clue.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
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