A conservative Christian author and commentator takes exception to what she calls the health care shaming by progressive evangelicals.
Evangelical Left activist Jim Wallis and others believe that support for “repeal and replace” bills – such as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – are not Christian.
Referring to the AHCA as “Trumpcare,” Wallis says the plan work against those who need it most.
“[Trumpcare would] strip away health insurance from the poor, the sick, the elderly and the disabled via $880 billion in cuts to Medicaid – in order to finance a tax cut north of a trillion dollars for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans," the progressive-minded activist claimed.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA) pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber went so far as to tweet that it is demonic to deny "quality affordable healthcare to people so that the wealthiest people can get even more money."
Christian author Nish Weiseth commented that pro-life people who have remained silent on this issue have lost credibility in her book.
One conservative evangelical Christian leader thoroughly disagrees.
"This is a bit hurtful because, overall, I'm hearing some liberal Christians say that if you support repealing Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), then you don't care about the poor, you don't care about the sick, you don't care about the marginalized and the vulnerable – and that simply is not true," says Institute on Religion and Democracy Evangelical Program Director Chelsen Vicari. "There are lots of good, devout conservative Christians who are not rich – by the way – who do want to see the repeal of Obamacare, or who have just different views on how to approach the health care debate."
Vicari, who wrote an article about this very topic, maintains that it is also possible that Christians have remained silent on this issue because they are not sure what to do.
"They want to care for the sick and the poor, but they don't know what ways legislation can do that, and if the government and legislation is the best route for that," Vicari pointed out. "But still, we see shaming by major Christian Left leaders saying that pro-lifers [and] conservative Christians don't care about those in poverty – don't care about the poor because they are being silent or advocating for the repeal of the ACA."
When asked if this an opportunity for Christians of all political persuasions to get in the Word and figure out what it is that they are expected to do for other people, the Christian leader answered to the affirmative, but advised believers to approach the topic with an openness to God’s leading.
"It's certainly a good launching pad, but I don't believe there is a specific formula for a ‘Christian health care system,’ Vicari responded. "I think there are ways that we can be compassionate, and there are ways that we can show Christian charity, but it might look differently than our political system."
Vicari also expressed that she does not believe that Christian compassion consists of the government having full control.