October 31, 2014

Truthful Tuesday movement focuses on SC denial of Medicaid expansion

truthful tuesdayAbout 30 people gathered at the S.C. Statehouse Tuesday to continue the new progressive movement called Truthful Tuesday. The topic of the week was expanding Medicaid through the federal government’s Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as Obamacare.

Several speakers took the lectern, telling their stories of being unable to attain healthcare services or of mounting debt by medical expenses.

Speakers argued that the state could afford the expansion even after the federal government stops paying 100 percent, since the state will only need to pay 10 percent of that expansion thereafter. One speaker proposed eliminating a flat sales tax for luxury items like yachts to pay for the expansion.

The movement’s rallying cry is “Enough is enough.”

Truthful Tuesday is South Carolina’s version of Moral Monday, a movement that has caught on in North Carolina, yet has struggled to gain steam in Georgia. The shift in moniker is to accommodate the legislative schedule in the state. The movement kicked off Jan. 14 at the Statehouse. The following week, Moral Monday founder Rev. William Barber spoke during the King Day at the Dome Celebration.

See a video of Tuesday’s rally here featuring the Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III: