GOP rep: Some people 'just don't want healthcare'

GOP rep: Some people 'just don't want healthcare'

Some people “just don’t want health care,” according to Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), who cited the Bible while arguing against former President Obama's Medicaid expansion.

“Just like Jesus said, ‘The poor will always be with us,’ ” Marshall, a doctor and freshman lawmaker, told Stat News on Friday.

“There is a group of people that just don’t want healthcare and aren’t going to take care of themselves.”


Marshall argued that ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid had not helped. 

“Just, like, homeless people. … I think just morally, spiritually, socially, [some people] just don’t want health care,” he said.

“The Medicaid population, which is [on] a free credit card, as a group, do probably the least preventive medicine and taking care of themselves and eating healthy and exercising. And I’m not judging, I’m just saying socially that’s where they are. So there’s a group of people that even with unlimited access to health care are only going to use the emergency room when their arm is chopped off or when their pneumonia is so bad they get brought [into] the ER.”

What to do with the expansion of Medicaid is one of the thorniest issues for Republicans looking to repeal ObamaCare, with some Republicans pressing to keep it. ObamaCare expanded eligibility for the program up to 138 percent of the poverty level, and 31 states have accepted the expansion. 

Marshall’s office has not yet responded to a request for comment.