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Posted on April 16, 2013

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MEDICAID EXPANSION OPPONENTS PIT POLITICS OVER PEOPLE

The third anniversary of the signing of President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” was recognized last month with the usual debate over its costs and benefits, and impact on the federal deficit and state budgets.

GOP opponents have objected to the law, often invoking a moral argument that it violates individual and state’s rights. But in their efforts to undercut the law, many of its most vocal adversaries are committing a moral transgression of their own.

The rejection by several Republican-led states, including Missouri, of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion to provide health-care access to millions of America’s poor isn’t just partisan politics; it’s immoral.

Many American Catholic bishops and other religious leaders have clearly stated: Access to affordable health care is a moral imperative as well a fundamental human right.

Fortunately, it is not too late for Missouri to sign on to Medicaid expansion. So it’s time for citizens to press state leaders to put people ahead of partisanship and help Americans in need.

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