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JESSE JACKSON: Medicaid Fight has GOP Governors Standing in the Hospital Door

Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Special to The Informer | 10/22/2013, 12:15 p.m.
Jesse Jackson (Courtesy of rainbowpush.org)

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas says the Affordable Care Act would reduce Texas to a mere “appendage of federal government.” (Perry apparently doesn’t understand that Texas is a part of the union.)

Historically, there has only been one remedy against the use of states’ right to inflict racially poisonous policies, and that has been forceful federal intervention. It took a Civil War and constitutional amendments to end slavery. It took a civil rights movement and federal legislation to end apartheid in the South. And now poor and working people will need to rise up once more and insist that the federal government step in to make certain that all American have access to affordable health care, no matter what the color of their skin, the amount of their income or the state they live in.

The Democratic governors who stood in the schoolhouse door against integration — George Wallace, Orval Faubus, Ross Barnett — are remembered in infamy. Now the Republican governors who stand in the hospital door — Rick Scott of Florida, Rick Perry of Texas, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana — will surely end up in the same hall of shame.

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