Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) released the following statement on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is observed annually on the third Monday of January, in honor of Dr. King’s birthday on January 15, 1929:
“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. moved generations of Americans to challenge inequality, while carrying the message of hope and optimism. As we honor the life of Dr. King, let us reflect on his vision of human rights, economic justice, and equality.
“In 1966, Dr. King memorably described inequality in health care as the ‘most shocking and inhumane’ form of injustice. Dr. King’s words are especially meaningful this year, as we face attacks to health care.
“Since its passage in 2010, the Affordable Care Act has moved us closer to fulfilling Dr. King’s dream of a more equal health care system. More than 30 million Americans have gained access to quality, affordable health insurance through the Marketplace. No one can be denied care due to a pre-existing condition. Women are no longer charged more for the same health care as men. Our hospitals, especially those in rural areas, receive the funds they need to offer quality care to patients and keep their doors open. And families that struggle to cover the cost of care now have better assistance.
“Until every American has access to affordable, quality care, there is work to be done to honor Dr. King’s vision of equality for all.”