JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - In the next few days the U.S. House could vote on its version of health care reform legislation, and among those calling for swift action on the issue is the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP.
About a dozen members rallied on the steps of the state capitol Thursday morning. They pointed to a recent study that found Mississippi ranks last when it comes to delivery of health care services, while having some of the highest rates of hypertension, diabetes and asthma.
The NAACP wants final passage of reform to include accessible and affordable healthcare for everyone with the choice of private or public insurance.
Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson said, "I think it's vitally important for Mississippians to have access to health care. Without a public option, you don't have fair competition, which insures an affordable product for all citizens."
An estimated 20 percent of Mississippians are without health insurance.