Alabama Sen. Hank Sanders, a co-founding member of the Save Ourselves Movement for Justice and Democracy, sent a letter to Gov. Dr. Robert Bentley, respectfully asking him to attend the SOS rally to expand Medicaid in Alabama under the Affordable Care Act.
Gov. Bentley and state GOP leaders have expressed their concerns and fears as reasons for rejecting new federal monies that could flow into Alabama to provide affordable healthcare for more citizens. But they also have a responsibility to hear from concerned citizens about their fears and concerned about the consequences of not accepting the federal funds that could insure up to 300,000 Alabamians.
SOS members and their supporters are preparing to present as many as 13,000 signatures of citizens who favor Medicaid expansion in Alabama. Sen. Sanders’ letter asks Gov. Bentley to be present when SOS presents those signatures to his office. Below is the letter’s content:
May 28, 2014
The Honorable Robert Bentley
Governor, State of Alabama
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130
Dear Governor Bentley:
The Save Our Selves Movement for Democracy and Justice, a coalition of responsible organizations respectfully requests your presence or the presence of an official gubernatorial representative to attend a rally on the statehouse steps Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
We are petitioning for you to expand Medicaid in Alabama. Your opposition to expanding Medicaid in our State is hard to understand. The denial of medical treatment, deferral of preventive care, and the poor health outcomes that result, have no place in a nation and state with the wealth, technology and scientific advance of the USA.
Alabama has one of the lowest Medicaid eligibility caps among the states. That means more people who can least afford health care are faced by having to do without. What we want is decency and fairness; neither of those breed “dependency.” That Medicaid will not be expanded in Alabama is more shameful because Alabama already ranks among the worst of all states when income inequality is calculated.
While medical costs have skyrocketed in recent years, earnings of the poorest 20 % of Alabamians actually dropped 13.5% in the last decade, In contrast, the richest 20% have enjoyed income growth of 71%. It is apparent the corporations are moving, if anything, away from commitment to their workers. (Statistics source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Economic Policy Institute).
You must be aware that estimates say 300,000 Alabamians still cannot afford health coverage (including about 152,000 who are working, some at two jobs.) Some of this country’s most profitable companies — massive retail outlets, fast food chains – are the real dependents, relying on taxpayers to weave and expand safety nets, when the provision of health care should be assumed a part of their cost of doing business.
Our coalition is convinced that Medicaid expansion is a necessity in Alabama, and we appeal to you to
do the right thing.
Signature: Senator Hank Sanders, SOS Chairperson
Signature: Barbara Howard, SOS Health Committee Chair
See the letter HERE,