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Picture of people at Alabama state capitol for Medicaid epxansion, May 31, 2014.
Rally at Alabama state capitol for Medicaid expansion

As many as 300,000 people in Alabama fall into the Medicaid gap, making too much to qualify for the state's Medicaid program and too little to qualify for a subsidy to buy private insurance on the federal health exchange. More than 10,000 of them have signed petitions demanding that Governor Robert Bentley take the money and give them health insurance, and they had a rally on the capitol steps this weekend to present those petitions.
Save OurSelves: A Movement for Justice and Democracy, or SOS, made up of 40 organizations and faith-based ministries, presented more than 13,653 signatures to the Capitol doorstep in a coffin carried by six pallbearers.

The symbolism was not lost on Callie Greer from Montgomery, who lost her daughter to breast cancer after they both attended last year's rally together.

"I'm supporting my daughter, Venus Colley-Mims. My daughter didn't have a job and didn't have health insurance. She went to the Baptist health center emergency room for two years complaining about a lump in her breast and after two years of visits, her breast was literally rotten," Greer said.

When Greer's daughter was finally sent to the cancer center for surgery and chemo, her cancer was already stage four and had spread throughout her body, Greer said. Mims died shortly after.

Gov. Bentley was not at the rally to accept the signatures and didn't send a representative. He maintains that Medicaid is broken and needs to be fixed before he'll accept more money, and also that he doesn't believe that the federal government will continue to pay for three years of the expansion. The only reason that wouldn't happen, Bentley must know, is if Republicans succeeded in repealing the law, which they won't. But it's the only excuse he's got.

In the meantime, the state is refusing $1 billion over the next several years, along with as much as $1.7 billion in new revenue and up to 52,000 new jobs. And Alabamians will continue to die prematurely and needlessly.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 10:02 AM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (28+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 10:02:18 AM PDT

  •  words fail (5+ / 0-)

       The point is that no system is perfect and anyone can find a problem....but the GOP are using the ALEC excuse - if it isn't 100% perfect then it is a failure.

         It is interesting that they seem to hold that standard only to programs and funding that they don't "own" or control via their 'free-market" mantra.

         When a patient dies at the hands of a physician- that is not the problem of the physician - they have insurance and States have made in nearly impossible to sue or get the physician license.  Any that, ALEC approves, of course.  That is just the way the "system" is supposed to work.  

  •  Alabamanians? (3+ / 0-)
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    HeyMikey, Rich in PA, Shreve

    Not a resident of the state so can't say, but I thought they were Alabamans.

    •  Alabamans or Alabamians ... depending on age :) (2+ / 0-)
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      viral, indres

      In my experience, those around my age (48) and older tend to say Alabamans. That's what we learned in school. Younger people are more likely to say Alabamians, and they too report learning this spelling and pronunciation from their teachers.

      I am heartened to learn of the rally. It is so hard to get anything done here.

      My sister passed away last Tuesday, and her death was preceded by a months-long decline. So I have been out of the loop on pretty much everything else for some time.

      Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time. -- T. Monk

      by susanala on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 02:13:47 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I'm sorry about your sister. (0+ / 0-)
        •  Thank you. (1+ / 0-)
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          viral

          Deb had life-long problems with diabetes and mental illness. It was awful at the end, and I know it's better that she did not suffer any longer. But I miss her.

          Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time. -- T. Monk

          by susanala on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 07:21:13 PM PDT

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      •  Maybe Alabamans or Alabamians (0+ / 0-)

        but....Alabamanians... I haven't heard that one.

        The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

        by CTMET on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 05:53:15 PM PDT

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      •  58 and state native and I've never heard Alabamans (0+ / 0-)

        to describe the people of Alabama. It's always been Alabamians as long as I can remember. In any event, it's not Alabamanians. :) I think Alabamans would refer to members of the Alabama tribe of Indians.

        •  So much for my age theory then. (0+ / 0-)

          I learned Alabamans from Mrs. Hollis in first grade and don't remember any contradiction until I was in college (in Mississippi). Could be just my area (Birmingham)  or the school or the teacher.

          Wiktionary indicates that Alabama newspapers prefer Alabamian (agreed), but Google brought up a Wall Street Journal headline with Alabaman. Perhaps Mrs. Hollis was a closet Yankee?!

          Some Urban Dictgionary entries popped up, too :)

          Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time. -- T. Monk

          by susanala on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 07:41:43 PM PDT

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  •  Roll Tide (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    Proud of y'all, next stop Tennessee.  

    "The war was expensive to the South as well as to the North, both in blood and treasure, but it was worth all it cost."- General U.S. Grant, Chattanooga campaign

    by Sandy on Signal on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 05:53:00 PM PDT

    •  Way to alienate one-third of the voters! ;) (0+ / 0-)

      Actually more, since Auburn had a good season.... and all the Auburn apparel seems to come out at the local stores when they do well.

      Seriously, as a native of AL I am really happy to see this. While the state won't vote Democratic any time soon, it would be wonderful if there were enough of a political cost for Bentley to make future Republican wackos think twice about punishing the poor for Obama.

      And where are all the "pro-life" Alabamians when people are dying because of no insurance? Oh, right, then ideology trumps human life.

      FWIW, I learned Alabamian growing up, tried to switch to Alabaman later in life figuring there's no such place as Alabamia, but gave up and switched back because it just sounds more natural.

  •  Sounds familiar (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, Val

    So . . . . the Alabama governor won't accept Medicaid expansion because: (1) "Medicaid is broken and we should fix it first," and (2) "we can't trust the feds to contribute their share in the future."

    Here in Virginia, our Republican-controlled House of Delegates refuses to accept Medicaid expansion because, according to them:   (1) "Medicaid is broken and we should fix it first," and (2) "we can't trust the feds to contribute their share in the future."

    Why do I get the feeling I'm living in a rightwing echo chamber??

    •  The louder it echos, (0+ / 0-)

      the more it drowns out reality for the Right Wing. This should be our issue. This and the minimum wage hike, along with gender equality. We can slam their party as hard as possible by highlighting every little way in which they don't live in reality, in which they don't care about a single person outside of their personal bubbles and echo chambers.

    •  Study after study on this issue ... (1+ / 0-)
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      Nance

      ... in Alabama and Mississippi, to name just two states that I know studies have addressed, have shown that the expansion would be a net gain for both, yet these idiot governors are so blinded by ideology and knee-jerk Obama hate that they've totally ignored the conclusions of medical, social and financial experts. It's just doubly despicable that the governor rejecting life-saving expansion in Alabama happens to be a doctor. Whatever happened to the Hippocratic oath to first do no harm? It sounds like an echo chamber because it is. They've all learned to recite the same wingnut catechism. They have to renounce the devil Obama and all his works.

  •  Crowd looks sizable (0+ / 0-)

    Bigger than Operation American Spring.

  •  unfortunately... (0+ / 0-)

    ....I see only two white guys and mostly black people in the pic. I guess there are no poor white folks in Alabama.

  •  Now this is how Alabamanians rally! (0+ / 0-)

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 07:45:24 PM PDT

  •  shouldn't it be "Alabamans"?... (0+ / 0-)

    ...instead of Alabamanians?

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