Floyd Wicker

As a native North Carolinian, faith leader and educator, I’m encouraged by the recent revelations that NC Senate leader Phil Berger and his colleagues have passed a Medicaid expansion bill through the Senate.

This gives me tremendous hope for the future health and well-being of our state. It further solidifies my belief in the efficacy and power of prayer to bring about reconciliation and justice.

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Currently, North Carolina has one of the highest rates of uninsured people in the country — more than 1 million people. This number represents an untold and unnecessary amount of grief and suffering for hard-working and low-income people.

Now the ball is in the NC House’s court. If they act now they can greatly reduce the number of uninsured North Carolinians significantly by expanding Medicaid.