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Letter: AHCA endangers lives of 'the least of these'

To the Editor:

My 8-year-old son has a peanut allergy. His life could be threatened if he ingests anything containing peanuts. To counteract that, we carry epinephrine with us wherever we go. It’s a bit of a cost burden because EpiPens aren’t cheap, but we’ve never had to worry that the medicine that could save my son’s life might not be available to us.

Until Thursday.

On Thursday, 217 Republicans voted to endanger my son’s life. They said “yes” to providing a $594 billion tax cut to the wealthy, rather than saying “yes” to saving lives.

What infuriates me most is the fact that many of them did it while embracing the National Day of Prayer. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, voted for the health bill and later tweeted this Bible verse: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

It infuriates me that congressmen, including Kinzinger, flaunt their Christian faith when it’s convenient, but when it’s time to actually act like Christ, they come up severely lacking.

The Jesus I believe in warned against the danger of wealth. He called outwardly religious people who secretly made deals that hurt people a “brood of vipers.” And he never stopped to ask people whether they had a pre-existing condition before healing them.

I wish Kinzinger and his Republican allies would look at another Bible verse, Matthew 25:40: “Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me.”

I consider children and the elderly to be “the least of these,” along with homeless veterans, victims of sexual violence and those who are sick (Jesus mentions them specifically).

All of those people will be hurt if this bill becomes law. And yet, there President Donald Trump and his Republican lap dogs were, on the lawn of the White House, laughing it up.

Kinzinger stated that the bill he voted for “puts patients back in charge of their own health care.”

No it doesn’t, sir. If that bill becomes law, my son’s peanut allergy could be considered a pre-existing condition, and states and insurance agencies could deny him coverage or charge so much we can’t afford it.

Kinzinger was proud of a vote that endangers my son’s life.

And he, the president and their Republican allies laughed about it. They were celebrating.

Scott Swartz


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