FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 10, 2013
Madison County Democrats Challenge Governor Bentley’s Logic and Math Skills
Huntsville, AL, January 10, 2013 — The chair of the Madison County Democrats issued a challenge of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s compassion for the middle class and underprivileged in the state, while questioning his math skills.
“The intransigence of Gov. Bentley on the issue of expanding Medicaid in Alabama is beyond puzzling, beyond logic, and beyond, apparently, his ability to understand basic math,” said Clete Wetli, chair of the Madison County Democratic Party. “His inaction, based on a flawed and dangerous “tea-party” philosophical argument, will deprive 350,000 Alabamans from getting the healthcare they need. They’ll be forced to continue using the emergency room as their primary care physician; driving the cost of healthcare up in Alabama.”
According to a host of non-partisan researchers and experts, Alabama would benefit greatly from the expansion to the tune of $20 billion in economic activity and create 62,000 additional jobs. Furthermore, a healthier Alabama means that more businesses may choose to invest in Alabama, as the state would improve its rates of infant mortality, diabetes, and life expectancy.
“Well, Gov. Bentley,” Wetli added, “here’s a simple math lesson for you: Over ten years, Alabama puts in $569 million and the Feds put in $14 billion… oh, and also the Feds pay 100% of the expansion for the first three years. Also, the Feds will reduce the amount they subsidize to cover the uninsured because the whole point of the ACA is to eventually provide universal coverage. We get that you are a doctor, sworn to “do no harm” by the Hippocratic oath, but surely you see that this would greatly improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of Alabamians and create much-needed employment. Do the math, Gov. Bentley.”
The Alabama and Madison County Democrats believe in the equality of all people, the power of education, the dignity of work, and our responsibility to each other, especially the least of these people. The Democratic Party of Madison County promotes and supports progressive ideals and candidates throughout our communities.
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