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The Obamacare 'scandal' you haven't heard about
Few Bible Belt pastors mention what's in their backyard, millions of poor people trapped in the Obamacare “coverage gap.”
November 8th, 2013
10:01 AM ET

The Obamacare 'scandal' you haven't heard about

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - The Rev. Timothy McDonald gripped the pulpit with both hands, locked eyes with the shouting worshippers, and decided to speak the unspeakable.

The bespectacled Baptist minister was not confessing to a scandalous love affair or the theft of church funds. He brought up another taboo: the millions of poor Americans who won’t get health insurance beginning in January because their states refused to accept Obamacare.

McDonald cited a New Testament passage in which Jesus gathered the 5,000 and fed them with five loaves and two fishes. Members of his congregation bolted to their feet and yelled, “C’mon preacher” and “Yessir” as his voice rose in righteous anger.

“What I like about our God is that he doesn’t throw people away,” McDonald told First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta during a recent Sunday service. “There will be health care for every American. Don’t you worry when they try to cast you aside.  Just say I’m a leftover for God and leftovers just taste better the next day!”

McDonald’s congregation cheered, but his is a voice crying in the wilderness. He’s willing to condemn state leaders whose refusal to accept Obamacare has left nearly 5 million poor Americans without health coverage. But few of the most famous pastors in the Bible Belt will join him.

Joel Osteen? Bishop T.D. Jakes, and other prominent pastors throughout the South?

Like McDonald, they preach in states where crosses and church steeples dot the skyline yet the poor can’t get the health insurance they would receive if they lived elsewhere. All declined to comment.

When people talk about the Affordable Care Act, most focus on the troubled launch of its website. But another complication of the law has received less attention: a “coverage gap” that will leave nearly 5 million poor Americans without health care, according to a Kaiser Health Foundation study.

Learn more from Kaiser about the coverage gap in states that refused Obamacare

The coverage gap was created when 25 states refused to accept the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. The people who fall into this gap make too much money to qualify for Medicaid and not enough to qualify for Obamacare subsidies in their state insurance exchanges. If they lived elsewhere, they would probably get insurance. But because they live in a state that refused the new health care law, they likely will remain among the nation’s uninsured poor after Obamacare coverage kicks in come January.

The coverage gap has been treated as a political issue, but there is a religious irony to the gap that has been ignored.

Most of the people who fall into the coverage gap live in the Bible Belt, a 14-state region in the South stretching from North Carolina to Texas and Florida. The Bible Belt is the most overtly Christian region in the country, filled with megachurches and pastors who are treated like celebrities.  All but two Bible Belt states have refused to accept the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare.

Should Bible Belt pastors say anything publicly about the millions of poor people in their communities stranded by the coverage gap? Is it anti-Christian for state leaders to turn down help for the people Jesus called “the least of these"? Or should pastors say nothing publicly about such issues because they are strictly political?

CNN's Sanjay Gupta explains who falls into the coverage gap

Who speaks for the poor in the coverage gap?

When these questions were sent to many of the most popular pastors in the Bible Belt, they hit a wall of silence. Virtually no prominent pastor wanted to talk about the uninsured poor in their midst.

Joel Osteen, pastor of the largest church in the nation, declined to be interviewed about the subject. So did Bishop T.D. Jakes. Their megachurches are both in Texas, the state with the nation’s highest number of people without health insurance.

Max Lucado, the best-selling Christian author who is a minister at a church in Texas, declined to speak; Charles Stanley, the Southern Baptist pastor in Georgia whose In Touch Ministries reaches millions around the globe, declined to speak; Ed Young Sr. and Ed Young Jr., a father and son in Texas who pastor two of the fastest-growing churches in the nation, also declined to speak. 

Bishop T.D. Jakes declined to talk about the millions of poor people stranded in the “coverage gap."

The list goes on.

The silence is not hard to understand. Obamacare is a polarizing political issue in the Bible Belt. A pastor who publicly weighs in on the subject could divide his or her congregation or risk their job. And some prominent pastors like Osteen are popular in part because they  do not alienate fans by taking political stands.

The Rev. Phil Wages, senior pastor Winterville First Baptist Church in Georgia and a blogger, was one of the few Bible Belt ministers willing to speak on the subject.

He says he won’t preach about the coverage gap created by the state’s rejection of the Medicaid expansion because he has what he calls theological differences with the thrust of the new health care law.

Wages says the Bible teaches that the care of orphans, widows and the sick are given to the church, not to the government. Early Christians were the first to create hospitals, orphanages and hospices.

“I have an issue with the government coming in to get money through me - through taxes - to take care of people, when my argument is that I should be free to give to charities or to my church in order to take care of the sick and destitute,” he says.

Wages says he has no doubt that lack of health insurance is a monumental problem, and that many people are poor because of circumstances beyond their control. Yet there is no New Testament example of Jesus trying to shape public policy on behalf of the poor.

“I do not see any biblical precedent where Jesus ever went to Herod or Pilate and said you should be taking care of the poor,” Wages says. “Jesus told his disciples to take care of the poor and the apostles said the same thing to the early church.”

Wages’ position is impractical and unbiblical, says Ronald Sider, a longtime advocate for the poor and author of “The Scandal of Evangelical Politics."

Churches and charities don’t have enough resources to take care of an estimated 48 million Americans who don’t have health care. The Bible is filled with examples of God's fury over economic oppression of the poor, which Christians should regard as scandalous, he says.

“If you are not sharing God’s concern for the poor, it raises huge questions about whether you are a Christian at all,” he says about pastors who say nothing about the uninsured poor.

“As God’s spokespersons, you ought to be talking about God’s concern for the poor as much as God. In the richest nation in world history, it’s contradictory to have millions without health insurance.”

“It absolutely stinks”

The coverage gap may inspire a religious debate, but for its victims the issue is raw and personal.

A recent New York Times article about the coverage gap revealed that many of its victims are the working poor: cooks, cashiers, sales clerks and waitresses.

“These are people who are working people but they haven’t been able to afford health insurance or their employers don’t offer it and they’re stuck,” says Andy Miller, editor of Georgia Health News, a nonprofit news organization that covers health news in the state. “A lot of these folks have chronic health conditions.”

They are people like Shelley “Myra” Mitchell, a single mom with four children who makes $9 an hour working at a Chick-fil-A in Georgia. She makes $18,000 a year – too much for Georgia’s existing Medicaid program, but not enough to qualify for subsidies to sign up for Obamacare’s insurance marketplace in Georgia.

Mitchell’s voice grew edgy with frustration when asked to describe her health needs. She rang up about $20,000 in emergency room bills because she has no health insurance. She can’t afford to get pap smears, go to the dentist or get surgery for a two-year-old hernia. She can’t take medication for her depression and anxiety because she can’t afford it.

She thought she could get help under Obamacare but recently learned she can’t because Georgia did not accept the law’s Medicaid expansion.

“It stinks,” she says. “I’ve been dealing with this hernia for two years now, and I can’t get anyone to help me because I don’t have health insurance. It absolutely stinks.”

Why pastors should stay silent about the coverage gap

Mitchell’s plight may stink. But at what point should a pastor go public on such a complex issue, and what could he or she actually say?

Two prominent evangelical pastors openly wrestled with those questions.

Andy Stanley is one of the most popular evangelical pastors in the nation. He is the senior pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, a megachurch with at least 33,000 members. He is also the author of the forthcoming book “How to be Rich,” which urges Christians to be "rich in good deeds" instead of wealth. His church recently announced that it donated $5.2 million to Atlanta charities and provided another 34,000 volunteer hours.

Joel Osteen has the largest church in America. He also declined to speak about the coverage gap.

Stanley says the coverage gap disturbs him. The church cannot handle the needs of millions of uninsured people alone and should quit taking shots at government involvement, he says. But he adds that it’s not anti-Christian for political leaders in states like Georgia to turn down the Medicaid expansion for the poor.

“If you really want to know how concerned someone is for the poor ask them what percentage of their personal money they give to organizations that help the poor,” he says. “Ask them how much time they give to organizations that help the poor.”

Stanley says it would be difficult for any pastor to talk about the Medicaid expansion without addressing the entire law.

“I tried to imagine a scenario where I urged people to write our governor encouraging him to reconsider his decision regarding the expansion of Medicaid for the poor,” he says. “As I imagined that, I got the feeling that by the time I finished explaining the issue, people’s eyes would be glazed over.”

Pastors who don't preach one way or the other on Medicaid expansion aren't callous or apathetic, says Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. They may be suspicious of a bigger government and skeptical of whether this move will solve the problem.

“The Bible calls on Christians to answer the cries of the poor,” he says. “All Christians must do that. The question of the Medicaid expansion is a question of how we do that. I don’t hear many people arguing that we shouldn’t care about the plight of the poor when it comes to medical care. The question is a genuine debate about the role of the state.”

Moore says some people have a “utopian view” of what state power can accomplish.

“Government programs sometimes encourage dependency, unintentionally break down family structures, and become unsustainable financially,” Moore says.

Bob Coy, pastor of Calvary Chapel megachurch in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, wondered aloud about what he could, and should, say.

Florida, which has the second highest number of people without health insurance behind Texas, has not accepted the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

Coy says he hasn’t spoken publicly about poor people missing health coverage in Florida. But he has called the governor to get more information.

“I’m not an activist guy. I don’t tell the government what to do. I am a church guy. I teach the Bible.”

That doesn’t mean he doesn’t care for the poor, though, Coy says. He grew up in a poor family that couldn’t afford to go to the dentist. His church also spends a large percentage of its budget on serving the poor.

Coy says he is suspicious of large-scale programs that are publicly funded because they are often abused.

“One side of our society is saying, 'We need this,' while on the other side is saying, 'This isn’t fair and isn’t going to work.’ So how should a pastor, who has a heart to help people, respond?”

Why pastors should speak out

The Rev. Shane Stanford’s answer to Coy is simple: Talk about justice for the poor like Jesus did.

Stanford is the senior pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis and author of “Five Stones: Conquering Your Giants.”

He is also HIV-positive. He was born a hemophiliac and contracted the virus when he was 16 during treatment for his illness.

Stanford says he publicly speaks out about the millions of Americans stranded without health coverage because he knows how it feels. Once, after heart surgery, he was getting a transfusion when a nurse came into the room and pulled the needle out of his arm because she said he had maxed out his health insurance coverage.

He says standing up for people in the coverage gap is a matter of justice.

“Sometimes pastors have to tell people what they need to hear, not what they want to hear.”

Stanford ignores fellow pastors who counsel him to be silent about his state and others that refused to accept the Medicaid expansion.

“They say you have to be careful talking about political issues,” he says. “When I look at their lives, part of me thinks they never had that needle yanked out of their arm.”

Conservative pastors who urge their colleagues to avoid politics are hypocrites, says James Cone, a prominent theologian who has spent much of his career writing books condemning white churches for what he says is their indifference to social justice.

“When their own interests are involved, they are very much involved in politics,” Cone says. “Same-sex marriage and abortion – they have no trouble politically opposing them.”

Cone, a professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York, says a nation is defined by how it treats its most vulnerable members. But there is an entrenched hostility to poor people in America that goes unchallenged by some white, conservative Christians, he says.

“When poor people get food stamps, they get mad,” Cone says. “When the rich and corporations get tax breaks and pay no taxes, they don’t say anything.”

McDonald, the pastor who spoke out on behalf of poor people from his Atlanta church, says Jesus provided universal health care. The Gospels are filled with accounts of Jesus healing marginalized people.

“He did it for free,” McDonald says of Jesus’ healing. “The reason the crowds gathered around Jesus primarily was for healing. People want wholeness.”

Perhaps the gap between Bible Belt pastors who say nothing about the uninsured poor and those who do is also rooted in history. 

Conservative Christians have traditionally emphasized providing charity to the poor - soup kitchens, donations to impoverished people in undeveloped countries - while progressive Christians have blended charity with calls for public policy changes that help the poor.

The distinction between both approaches was distilled by a memorable quote from the late Brazilian Roman Catholic Bishop Dom Helder Camara, who said: "When I feed the poor they call me a saint. When I ask why so many people are poor they call me a communist."

That may be changing as a new generation of evangelicals rise in the Bible Belt and elsewhere. One minister who speaks to them is the Rev. Timothy Keller, a conservative Christian author who pastors a megachurch in New York.

Keller is the author of “Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just,” a popular book that argues that evangelicals should do more than preach personal salvation; they must “speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves.” He is a role model for many younger evangelicals.

“God loves and defends those with the least economic and social power, and so should we. That is what it means to ‘do justice.’ ’’

CNN.com recently contacted Keller to see if he would talk about "Generous Justice" and how it might apply to health care and the poor. Did he think pastors in Bible Belt states should say anything publicly on behalf of poor people being denied basic medical insurance? His publicist said she would contact Keller with the request.

Several days later, she returned with Keller’s answer.

He had no comment. 

- CNN Writer

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  1. candycoatedapple

    There is no way to put a stop to suffering, it will never, ever happen... stop blaming others and get off your computer and help somebody... I swear, all libs can do is complain about the other guy.... put up or shut up.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
    • Terry

      What are you doing? Complaining about Libs on a computer. Hypocrite.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
  2. UGH ReallY???

    This whole article is a joke. Please lets not make it look like what a Pastor says means anything to what's really going on. Calling the people "Left Overs" ?? LOL really? What if these "left overs" aren't religious? Churches have too much reign in this country. They are constantly popping up all over the place, especially here in Texas. Giant Mega Churches with men speaking at the pulpit ( Giant HD Screens ) about whatever controversy their followers expect them to address. I cant stand religious hypocrisy. Religion needs to stay out of politics and schools and not saying everything would be perfect but it would make this country more balanced like our founding fathers dreamed it be. BUILD UP THAT WALL.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
  3. lifeisadimension

    Just because a topic has become politicized does NOT make the topic the exclusive property of politics. Depriving people, whether it involves medical care, food, shelter, or etc. makes a topic a mandatory religious issue for those religions that truly represent a caring God. NOT addressing the topic due to personal agendas, e.g.,, fear of loss of non-profit status, is betrayal of the duties of those religions, especially for leaders..

    When those religious leaders involved have to meet God, they shall be held accountable.

    (c) 2013

    November 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
  4. bspurloc

    religion is a sickness.
    with side effects of greed and hate

    November 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
  5. viewfromthenest

    I enjoyed reading this article. I come from the evangelical faith tradition and am also woefully uninsured (my good husband has been unemployed for the last year, we have four kids, and our mortgage is under-water. Yep, just living the American dream! ha). I live in the Bible belt and my state luckily has "opted-in" for federal aid. But I have often wondered why we as Christians don't see the connection between God's love of the "poor and oppressed" and this chance with Obamacare at providing for millions of uninsured Americans? After much thought, some of my conclusions are this: in our churches the issue of abortion trumps every other political issue. I can't stress that enough. Because of the perception that Obamacare would help fund abortions–even indirectly–is a call to arms for Christians. Unborn babies are also wrapped up in the category of "those without voices," and Obamacare threatens this more fundamental platform for Christians. More abortions with Obamacare is the true underlying fear and sentiment of the Christian church. Another thought as to why pastors aren't calling their congregations to action for the uninsured poor: their status as a 501(c)3 organizations insists that they do not become "political" endorsers of any kind. Although we all know they will find a way to support actionable change if they wanted (enter the stance on abortion with verses like these: "You knit me together in my mother's womb" (Ps. 139:13) or that ALL children are a blessing (Ps. 127:3) to name just a few) but that verbal path is trickier when speaking of expanding medicaid (although the Bible is clear about Jesus' healing (medical care) of marginalized people). As churches are almost exclusively non-profits, they can't take position on a political issue without the liability of loosing the tax-exempt status and being deemed (at least by the IRS) as a political party. So the very government that needs to hear from its people actually suffocates the vital discussions that need to happen in these places. And–hold onto your hats for this one–outside of what FoxNews is telling them, they don't have another widely accepted source for how to filter these national debates. I promise you–there is NO discussion happening in our churches about the political landscape of Obamacare. It is like it was already decided how we should think about it, because everyone I know in church watches FoxNews. All this to say: I do believe that preachers would preach on this major civic issue (like they do abortion) if the issue of providing health care for poor people was not pitted against their stance on abortion.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
  6. anon

    The media should not call this a "scandal" because this has been known for quite some time. The media just chose to limit reports of these states opting out. The media should be educating the public, not calling something a scandal that could have easily been a headline long ago. CNN should have been reporting on these states and their higher than avg poverty rates long ago.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
  7. fastball

    Why haven't we heard about it from the states where religion is more prevalent?
    Because they're "red" states....Republican controlled states, where not changing your political ideology One Single Bit trumps anything else. Because they'd rather let the uninsured rot than support anything a Democratic administration might offer the silent populace.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
  8. jdk47

    Can CNN think of any other way to avoid discussing all the mounting problems with Obamacare? Who else can they blame now? Southern pastors must be the last rung they can think of.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
  9. candycoatedapple

    How in the world did the human race ever survive several millenia without health insurance?????

    November 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
    • iwil cross

      They died at 26, stupid.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
    • Dan

      Not very well.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
  10. Death

    How about we start taxing religions in this country? Since we support separation of church and state. Its only fair they pay their fair share of taxes.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
  11. adibese

    "god does not throw anyone away"? According to the bible, he was responsible for multiple genocides including destroying the entire earth (humans/plants and animals) because they didn't worship him enough? He punished humanity FOREVER because a couple people ate an apple (of knowledge). Ya... real good base of character there. That's why Christians act like this.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
    • Uninformed

      Your comments are completely off base and go to show just how ignorant you are of anything actually written in the bible. You should really consider reading it before bashing it. Either that or at least take in to account factual information and not just slander that's been passed on to you from someone who's scared of religion and the bible.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
  12. ab

    Religion thrives on people's suffering. That's one of the only reasons religion exists – it's a crutch, something for the suffering to cling to when they have nothing else. For religion, poverty is a blessing in more ways than one.

    Remember Jesus is even quoted as saying, "Blessed are the poor"? Remember mother Teresa? She wasn't a friend of the poor, she was a friend of poverty itself. She never pushed for anyone to help the poor out of poverty, she just offered motivational speeches about how "the next life" will be so much better because of your hardships.

    When you convince people the life they currently have doesn't matter and the one they get next will be better they stop asking for help and instead melt into acceptance. Which is much cheaper and convenient.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
  13. Duh Lord

    So many so called preachers of God's Word are nothing but greedy, hypocrites fleecing their flock and spouting a gospel of wealth and plenty for those who follow them. The business of christianity is disgusting and those who preach this "bad news" are ruthless, heartless, fakes.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
  14. What?

    Yes, this is the real scandal. Not the actual effects of Obamacare, but that vilified ministers are not actively objecting to it. How dare they not provide a mechanism to label the argument as "intolerant right wing Christians work to sabotage Obamacare"?

    November 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
  15. Tina

    Sadly, the Republican majority in my state, Missouri, made the decision not to expand Medicaid. As a person who works in a church environment, I receive calls daily from people who lack resources for their daily needs. Imagine listening to a crying young lady whose husband has left her and her baby with nowhere to live, or the elderly man whose wife is ill and they can't pay their utility bill. I am so tired of hearing the "haves" say that these folks should just get a job, when they have no resources to do so. Does an 80 year old widow need to get a job? How about an eight year old child? Even with low wage jobs, many families can't pay their utility bills or provide enough food for their families. How would you "haves" make it on minimum wage–even without children? Believe me, "getting a job" isn't that easy, and the jobs that these folks must take don't pay enough. Our church and others in town try to help people, but it is overwhelming. We can't help everyone, and so I pray every day that those who call our church get the help they need.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
  16. MattyG

    I find it hilarious that all of the conservative reactionaries reading this article somehow interpret it as a liberal "demand our government obey the teachings of Jesus." This article is clearly not about policy but rather about the hypocrisy of the southern mega-church preacher. I commend the preachers who did have the courage of their convictions to explain their hesitancy to pick a side and acknowledge the merits and concerns from both sides of the political spectrum. The fact that the vast majority of the preachers contacted declined to comment at all is the story here.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
  17. JFH

    Millions not getting health care because the states won't accept Obama care? Miilions just lost their health insurance because Obama and his jack boots shoved Obama care down the nation's throat without discussion. Only a Democrat could say "you'll find out what's in it, after it's passed" and think they invited others to participate in the process. The drib that pasees for journalism on CNN is the real scandal.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
    • pbcrabshaw

      BS. There were dozens of congressional hearings, pages of testimony and hundreds of amendments proposed during the Obamacare debate. The law was passed by regular legislative order and survived a challenge in the Supreme Court. It has also survived 40+ votes by the GOP to repeal it. Your allegation that "Obama and his jack boots shoved Obama care down the nation's throat without discussion" is an outright lie and nothing short of ignorant. Exactly what the rest of us have come to expect from the goobers on the right.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
  18. magicpanties

    The republicans are hypocrites that care only about the rich?
    Oh my, who would have guessed?

    November 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
  19. Owen

    I am a pastor and would agree that many pastors in the South are reluctant to speak up about access to affordable healthcare. It's one of those issues where we are "darned" if we do and "darned" if we don't. I have spoken up some and have been met with an uncomfortable silence. Recently, I wrote a church-wide newsletter article where I mentioned several issues, including affordable healthcare, cautioning church members to be careful not to gain our convictions from network or cable news but "the Good News." I said that we are called to minister to people regardless of their politics, race, ethnicity, or even their legality in this country. I have gotten mostly positive responses. Where I have received the most stony silence, however, is from Congressmen I have written about the legitimate need for access to affordable healthcare. It is as necessary as national defense and education. I have pointed out that the majority of people who are against the Affordable Care Act actually already have some form of government assisted healthcare – whether it is in the form of Medicare, Medicaid or either free or deeply discounted healthcare because they work for or are retired from the U.S. government or state or local governments, contractors, etc. Yet, they are critical of those who would also like such access. I know that part of their concern is that our nation is way over our heads in debt already and "who is going to pay for all this healthcare?" That is a legitimate question. The technical problems with the rollout of the national plan have not helped. Nevertheless, we are a great nation. Providing access to affordable healthcare is something that the people of this nation can make happen. We who won two World Wars and produced nuclear weapons and put a man on the moon – we can solve this human crisis of healthcare. We can. But it will take us working together, and putting the United back in United States. The place to begin may be in pulpits, for this is more than a political issue. But the ball is really in the court of politicians; in the wheelhouse of members of Congress who see the needs every day in their states and districts, but are unwilling to act for fear of party backlash. They are our representatives. Unless they are willing to act, it doesn't really matter what I or anyone else says. They must act, or we must be willing to send someone to Congress who will. Yet, it is still with some fear, I ponder whether to push this button that says post. Prayerfully, here goes . . .

    November 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
    • Shelley

      Good for you Owen. Very thoughtful post.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
  20. Canadian Christian

    All Christians should be in favor of Obamacare, the fundamental reason is to love your neighbour as you love yourself. One of the ten commandments.
    If they are not in favor, they should look deep within themselves for the reasons why.
    God does not play politics. Jesus fed and cared for the poor.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
    • hotchow

      What makes you assert that Christians don't feed the poor or care for them? It is not at all realted to your statement.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
    • KSmith

      You can be all for everyone having affordable healthcare and against Obamacare at the same time.

      November 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
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