FACT CHECK: Did Mike Pence Say America Needs More ‘Jesus Care,’ Not More Health Care?

Aryssa Damron | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook claimed that Vice President Mike Pence said, “What the American people need is not more health care. What we need is more Jesus care.”

“I believe the if [sic] we can just get more of these people with pre-existing health conditions back into the churches you would see a lot of healings and many of these problems would just go away. People who lead Godly lives don’t worry about Doctors. We have The Lord to take care of us,” the quote continues.

Verdict: False

There is no evidence that Pence ever said this.

Fact Check:

This meme attempts to criticize both Pence’s Christian faith and his stance on health care. Pence has called Obamacare – which bars insurance companies from denying people coverage based on pre-existing conditions – a failure and “a burden on the American people,” something that has ruffled the feathers of the health care law’s supporters.

However, The Daily Caller found no evidence that Pence, who has long been followed by the media, ever said this. The fake quote has been attributed to him since May 2017, when Republicans were attempting to repeal and replace Obamacare.

A logo that reads “Fox News The FB Page” appears in the meme, yet the quote was not posted on any of Fox News Channel’s social media accounts. The page is no longer available on Facebook, but according to Truth or Fiction, it regularly shared misinformation and was not associated with Fox News in any way.

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Aryssa Damron

Fact Check Reporter