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Republican resistance to Medicaid expansion in the states prolongs racial disparity in health care.

Many called it socialized medicine. A rising Republican warned that we’d "spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.”
Donald Trump talking about Obamacare in 2015?
No, Ronald Reagan urging Congress to vote against the creation of Medicare.
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 creation of Medicare and Medicaid was controversial. More than half of Republicans in the Senate and almost half of Republicans in the House voted against the creation of Medicare. But Medicare worked and soon became part of the fabric of American life — helping to cut the poverty rate for older Americans in half in just eight years. And Medicare wasn’t just a public health and anti-poverty bill — it was also a civil rights bill.
Before Medicare, health care in America was highly segregated. African Americans went to the hospital far less often than white Americans, and when they were admitted, they were often treated to separate and substandard care.
The passage of Medicare brought the desegregation of southern hospitals. More than 1,000 hospitals were integrated in just under four months, and the disparities in health outcomes between black and white Americans shrank.
The passage of Medicare and Medicaid was the first breakthrough in access to health care for all.

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