Rep. Thomas Jackson Responds to Reports that Governor Bentley Republican Leaders in the Legislature Are Meeting in Secret to Implement Obamacare Healthcare Exchanges
“Running government from secret places is not democracy. It is hypocritical for the governor to be planning these exchanges in secret while telling the public that he is waiting until after the election to set them up. It is also hypocritical that he would have these meetings and not invite any Democrats or African Americans to participate. He has no problem asking us to help him pass his constitutional amendment on September 18th, but he doesn’t want to include us in the discussions about the healthcare exchanges. We are being pushed aside, and it is very hypocritical.
We have to bring everybody to the table if we are going to move forward. The Republicans need to cross the aisle and work with Democrats if they want to move forward with the healthcare exchange. And they need to cut out this hypocritical rhetoric and stop saying they are opposed to Obamacare while they are working in secret to implement it.”
Rep. Thomas Jackson is a Democrat from Thomasville, AL. He is the Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and has represented House District 68 in the Alabama House of Representatives since 1994. He is also an Associate Pastor for Church of God in Christ.