Most Republicans Believe Jesus Would Have Opposed Universal Healthcare

A000Remember that bit in the Bible where Jesus refused to heal the leper because he didn’t have health insurance? No, me neither.  Yet, according to a new YouGov poll, Republican Jesus would have done just that.

The poll, conducted July 1-2, covered 1,000 U.S. adults using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.  On a wide range of political issues, from healthcare to gun control, from raising taxes on the rich to climate change, respondents were asked what Jesus wold support or oppose.  Funnily enough – Jesus mostly agreed with their own views, never mind the Bible.

While the majority of Democrats saw Jesus as a figure of acceptance, charity and compassion. Republicans appeared to conflate Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged with the Bible.

82% of Democrats and 52% of independents said Jesus would support universal healthcare.

Yet, just 23% of Republicans believe Jesus would support healthcare for all.

“I was sick and you looked after me….I tell you the truth, whatever you do the least of my brothers, you also do for me,” Jesus said in Matthew 25:31-46.

Republican Jesus says no HMO? Hell no.

So, while Ayn Rand counseled her acolytes via Atlas Shrugged:

“Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter.”

Yet, Jesus was a Marxist before Marxism had a name. He distrusted the rich. Surely Republicans should be denouncing the Jesus that said:

“It’s easier for a camel to walk through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter Heaven,” forewarned Jesus.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the earth.”

Just 18% of Republicans believe Jesus would support higher taxes on the rich; taxes that benefit the funding of the common good – schools, hospitals, and safety nets for those the capitalist machine leaves downtrodden. (63% of Democrats believe Jesus would support raising taxes on the rich.)

The Christian Right continues to misuse the Gospel to champion unfettered capitalism, with Republicans trumpeting an Ayn Randian philosophy where God rewards the faithful with material wealth. The logic running that poverty is the consequence of a deficit of faith and character.  This is a pretty convenient philosophy if you’re stinking rich and not keen to share. It’s pretty damn stupid if you’re one of the millions of Republican voters with barely a buck to your name.

Republicans might do better to put down their Ayn Rand and pick up some Martin Luther King Jr.  He once said:

“On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right?”