As the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, the medical problems of the poor have greatly increased. When someone does not have the money to buy fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins, the risks of diabetes and obesity increase, as do other health problems that are seen with a poor diet. Yet if the Republicans had their way, there would not be healthy lunches for poor kids, food stamps, aid to mothers and infants or WIC and other safety net protections. Paul Ryan, who states he is a Christian, believes all of these are bad. His budgets take money from programs that help the poor, yet the wealthy oil companies get subsidies. Does this make any sense?
The lack of funds for education also contribute to poverty, because the students are not taught about healthy eating, managing money or anything else that would help lift them out of poverty. Tuberculosis can be found in low income areas, as can other treatable communicable diseases. Yet the Republicans are desperate to deny health care to the poor. They have tried to have the Affordable Health Care Act repealed about 54 times.
Raising the minimum wage would be a good place to start, but once again the Republicans refuse to even vote on this. Instead, they will soon be off on another long vacation. This is the worst Congress we have ever had and yet those in power don't seem to care about their reputations. Those of us who care about the poor need to speak out, vote, and work hard to get rid of the Republicans who are so uncaring.