But Jealous says meaningful health care reform can't be achieved without a strong public option that would help bring insurance prices down.
“Most black people know someone who has died due to the ineffective health care policy,” said Jealous. "We need heath care reform that provides affordable health insurance to all Americans and that can’t be done without a strong public option.”
North Carolina NAACP leaders echo that sentiment.
"It is a matter of life and death," offered NAACP North Carolina State Conference President William J. Barber II. "In the past decade, 880,000 African Americans died because they lacked health insurance."