Local NAACP, Democrats To Rally In Support Of Medicaid Expansion

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Saturday, members of the Alabama branch of the NAACP and Democrats from across the state will be rallying in Montgomery in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

In November, Governor Robert Bentley said the state would not be setting up an a state health care exchange, nor would the state expand Medicaid to cover adults with an income of less than 133% of the federal poverty level.

For the first three years the Federal government would foot the bill, then the federal contribution would drop to 90%. Bentley says in the long run, the state wouldn't be able to afford the exchange and expanded Medicaid.

Supporters of the ACA believe the state can't afford to not expand Medicaid.

"One of the things the ACA is designed to do is give more people access to health care and make sure they have access to preventative medicine. The whole idea of expanding Medicaid is that you have more people in the pool of insured which lowers the cost of health care in the long-term," said Clete Wetli, Chair of the Madison County Democratic Party.

"When you really look at who is affected by the Medicaid expansion it’s disproportionately minorities and children. But it doesn’t matter  how old you are, what color you are. What matters is if you’re a citizen in Alabama you should have access to affordable health care."

The rally is scheduled for noon on Saturday in Montgomery. It will feature speakers from the NAACP and Democratic leaders across the state, including Wetli.