Sun Chronicle: Strong words from Kennedy

Jim Hand, Sun Chronicle

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy is not usually known for inflammatory rhetoric, but last week during a committee meeting he scorched House Speaker Paul Ryan and his bill replacing Obamacare.

Kennedy, D-Brookline, started the marathon committee meeting on the bill by taking exception to Ryan’s claim that killing that provides health care to 20 million Americans is an act of mercy.

“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,’ ” Kennedy said.

“With all due respect to our speaker, he and I must have read different Scripture. The one I read calls on us to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to shelter the homeless, and to comfort the sick. It reminds us that we are judged not by how we treat the powerful, but by how we care for the least among us.

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