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“This week marks 50 years since the passage of Medicare. If addressing inequality is a real priority for Republicans officials — particularly those in the South — they should take a cue from history, embrace the health law, and expand Medicaid. …
“The passage of Medicare and Medicaid was the first breakthrough in access to health care for all.
“But we have a long way to go. Just like in 1965, expanding Medicaid can reduce racial disparities in health care. The uninsured rate remains about 1.5 times higher for African Americans and almost three times higher for Latinos than white Americans. Access to affordable health care in America remains segregated along race and class lines, in large part because Republican governors and legislatures in most southern states have refused to expand Medicaid.”
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., on racial disparity in health care.