Most Americans are familiar with the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” that was passed by Congress and then signed into law in 2010. In 2012, the Supreme Court made a final decision to uphold the health care law.
The intent of the law was to provide access to affordable health coverage to everyone, provided that each state expands their Medicaid programs so that low-income people would be able to get Medicaid. Because the Supreme Court made it optional for states to expand their Medicaid programs, some states did not.
Mississippi was one of them, with Gov. Phil Bryant to blame.
A new documentary produced by Kristian Weatherspoon, Aaron Phillips and Roderick Red explores the consequences of Mississippi’s refusal to expand the state’s Medicaid program. Mississippi’s refusal to expand the program has left almost 140,000 people in the coverage gap. These people include fast food workers, hairstylists and barbers, construction workers, day care workers and more.
The documentary – MS Left Me Out – follows Tameka, a hardworking young mother who falls in the coverage gap.
Watch the trailer for the film below.
“Im just really excited about being able to help tell these stories of people who otherwise wouldn’t have a big enough voice,” says Roderick Red, the director and producer of MS Left Me Out. “Healthcare is so important to everyone obviously, and we just want to make sure people understand whats going on and see the ramifications of decisions being made by our state leaders on a basic level.”
MS Left Me Out will premiere on Wednesday, May 18 from 7 – 9:30 PM at the Jackson Convention Complex. The event is free and open to the public and will feature a brief panel discussion with top policy professionals, legislators and healthcare officials in the state.
For more information about Mississippi Left Me Out, visit their website at www.msleftmeout.org.