Gov. Bentley Asked to Attend SOS’ Medicaid Expansion Rally on May 31

Medicaid-ALAlabama 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
State Capitol
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.medicaid-graphic_Kaiser Foundation

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

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Save OurSelves: A Movement for Justice and Democracy Launches Its Faith Based Effort To Urge Governor Bentley To Expand Medicaid for 300,000 Uninsured Alabamians

medicaid_coveragegap(Montgomery, AL April 9, 2014) – Saving OurSelves, a coalition of more than 40 statewide organizations that have joined forces to counter extreme policies against citizens’ rights, is asking clergy of all denominations to dedicate Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014, and Sundays through the end of May to inform and remind parishioners of their moral responsibility to look after “the least of these.” (Matthew 25:35-40 KJV)

The State of Alabama has the opportunity to secure medical coverage for 300,000 residents to an extent never before within our reach by expanding Medicaid. This can open the door to better health and longer lives for fellow citizens. We believe that quality healthcare is not only a fundamental civil and human right, it is morally right to insure the uninsured and underinsured.

We ask that clergy affirm to their congregation their commitment to fulfill the word of God, Prov.19: 17: He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. (KJV) Do your part by asking your parishioners to sign the SOS Petition that urges Governor Bentley to expand Medicaid to the 300,000 uninsured or underinsured Alabamians.

As the divine voice of our community, we ask you to remember that your devotion to God requires you to be actively involved in promoting the well being of all people. Mark 12:31: “The second [greatest commandment] is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”And every fellow citizen, whether rich or poor, is our neighbor.

You can find the petition online at under “Expand Medicaid in Alabama.”


Barbara Howard
SOS Health Committee Chair
Phone: 334-421-8128