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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said:
Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”
By refusing to accept Federal money to expand Medicaid, up to 500,000 poor North Carolinians who would otherwise be eligible for Medicaid are blocked from enrolling.
Christian and Jewish scripture both address God’s requirement for social justice toward the poor. The Hebrew prophets and Jesus, also within the prophetic tradition, urged the rich to take care of the poor. The Jewish principle of Tikkun Olam calls upon Jews to “repair the world” and pursue social justice. According to Muslim tradition the Prophet taught that wealth is “a gift entrusted to the wealthy by God (57:7, 2:254, 4:39, 13:22), therefore the poor and the needy are entitled to a share of the society’s wealth (51:19, 70:24-70:25).”
For members of these faiths and many others, it is a spiritual duty and a moral obligation to help the poor. Many faiths and faith-based organizations have endorsed guaranteed, universal access to health care for all people living in the U.S., including Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians, Unitarian Universalists, United Church of Christ members, and the Central Congress of American Rabbis. Similarly, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism in 2002 called on the Federal government to increase its share of funding for Medicaid programs, expanding health care for low income people, and the Islamic Medical Association has explicitly endorsed Single Payer National Health Insurance.
By expanding Medicaid, North Carolina would experience the following benefits:
- All citizens earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level would have access to health care coverage;
- 319,000 uninsured North Carolinians would become eligible for Medicaid;1
- There would be 1,000 to 2,800 lives saved among NC's poor;2
- The state would save approximately $65 million over ten years;3
- More than 25,000 jobs would be created by 2016;4
- An increase in private insurance premiums by more than 2 percent would be avoided;5 and
- North Carolina employers would save between $65 million and $98 million in fees.6
1) Kaiser Family Foundation; 2) Kaiser Family Foundation and the New England Journal of Medicine; 3) North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services; 4) Regional Economic Models, Inc.; 5) American Academy of Actuaries; 6) Jackson Hewitt.