MoveOn.org Hits Governors Who Denies Medicaid Expansion
Matt | On 04, Mar 2014
Politically-themed billboards are nothing new when traveling across the country. The progressive activism MoveOn.org has thrown in their two cents in six states as of this week.
Travelers in Texas, Nebraska, Florida, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Virginia will see new billboards that have popped up related to those states lack of Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. MoveOn wants to let people know the true consequences of their governors not wanting more citizens to have access to quality health care.
The billboards are straight to the point. Each one calls out the state’s governor for their actions and lists the amount of people living in their state without insurance as a result of their stance. It’s a clever and direct move that needs continued pressure.
Now that the country has moved beyond the initial catastrophe in the rollout of Obamacare, the public may forget that many more people could have insurance if it weren’t for their idealistic governors. The failure to expand Medicaid disproportionately affects people in the South — many of whom are black and/or poor.
In all, 24 states are not expanding Medicaid this year. Most of the governors of those states are Republicans — including all of the states getting billboards with the exception of Virginia. That state just elected Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, as governor in November. The previous VA-Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, was the one who initially opposed the expansion in the state.
According to the Huffington Post, over $125,000 has been raised for the MoveOn effort with 190,000 petition signatures gathered.
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How do you feel about the billboards calling out governors for not expanding Medicare in their respective states?