A group of faith leaders from around the country are pressuring Republican lawmakers to stop resisting health reform and accept Obamacare’s optional Medicaid expansion, saying that extending insurance to additional low-income Americans is a “moral issue.”
Twenty four states are still blocking Medicaid expansion, a move that has denied coverage from some of the most vulnerable residents in the country. On a press call convened this week, religious leaders and health care experts argued that governors and legislatures who are refusing to expand Medicaid expansion will end up on the wrong side of history.
“History has not been kind to governors who stand in front of schoolhouse doors because the children are not the right kind of children, and history will not be kind to governors who stand in front of hospital doors and clinics because people who are trying to get in are deemed politically dispensable,” Rev. Raphael Warnock, who leads Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta — where Martin Luther King Jr. used to serve as a pastor — said on the call.