U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) fired some recent criticism directly at House Speaker Paul Ryan.
On Tuesday, during a press conference, Paul Ryan said the GOP’s effort to repeal Affordable Care Act was “an act of mercy” by replacing it with “patient-centered reforms.”
During a House Energy Committee hearing on Wednesday, Kennedy called out Ryan’s Catholic faith.
“I was struck last night by a comment that I heard made by Speaker Ryan, where he called this repeal bill ‘an act of mercy.’ With all due respect to our speaker, he and I must have read different scripture,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy continued referencing the Bible to explain himself.
“The one that I read calls on us to feed the hungry, clothes the naked, shelter the homeless, and give comfort to the sick.”
“It reminds us that we are judged not by how we treat the powerful, but how we care for the least among us.”
“There is no ‘mercy’ in a system that makes health care a luxury,” he continued. “There is no ‘mercy’ in a country that turns its back on those most in need of protection — the elderly, the poor, the sick, and the suffering..”
He then finishes and says that “This is not an act of mercy. It is an act of malice.”
You can watch Kennedy’s full comment below:
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Kennedy, who comes from a long line of public servants, is expected to succeed either Warren or Markey as the next Massachusetts senator when they retire.
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