Today WAOK held a discussion on the Affordable Care Act deadline that’s quickly approaching. The Affordable Care Act – also know as Obamacare – is a piece of legislation that enables many American to secure health insurance. And this morning’s forum addressed many of the concerns of those who have yet to enroll, answered a number of questions and stressed the importance of signing up before the March 31 deadline.
Janice Mathis was joined by: Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale, Sr. Pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church; Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., Chair of Faith Partnerships USA/Pastor Emeritus of Olivet Institutional Church; Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, Sr. Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church; Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Acting Director, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services; Dante McKay, State Director of Enroll America-GA/Get Covered America Campaign; and Lisa Flagg, CEO of Fulton-DeKalb County Hospital Authority.
And given the number of guests from the pulpit, it should come as no surprise that the wide-ranging conversation included personal testimony (Rev. Moss shared that he lost his mother at 35, primarily because she was uninsured); stark statistics (including this – one out of every four African-Americans over the age of 20 dies of a preventable disease) and occasional humor – though always finding its way back to the important topic at hand.
“Dr. King said of all of the injustices,” Rev. Warnock recounted, “inequality in healthcare is the most shocking. And the most inhumane.”
Click the link below to hear the roundtable in its entirety: