Second, let’s hear it for the Catholic Church!
Yesterday the President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Sister Pat Farrell signed onto a letter encouraging governors to expand Medicaid in their states as allowed under Obamacare. Most American nuns are members of the Conference.
Enter South Carolina’s director of Health and Human Services Tony Keck who, like his boss South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, opposes expanding Medicaid even if the Federal government pays for it for several years.
In a blog posted on September 6th in the well-respected online journal “Health Affairs, Mr. Keck partially justifies Governor Haley’s opposition to expanding Medicaid saying, “she does so because she believes that its version of expansion will ultimately hurt the poor….”
So let’s not hear some “we know better” (or “holier than thou”) comments about how providing low income uninsured with access to healthcare is somehow bad for the poor. If South Carolina officials don’t like the way it is delivered under Medicaid, take the Federal money and ask for permission to make systemic changes in how the healthcare will be delivered. They’ll probably get a positive response from the Feds and definitely a thumbs up from the Catholic Church (and maybe even from someone at a higher level).