Sunday, July 27, 2014

North Carolina GOP mayor breaks from party, marches 273 miles to DC for healthcare reform

The Republican mayor of Belhaven, North Carolina embarked on a 273-mile walk to support health care, rural hospitals, and Medicaid expansion, Blue Virginia reported.

When he arrived in Woodbridge, Virginia yesterday, Mayor Adam O’Neal (R) spoke on behalf of Save Our Hospital, a group dedicated to preserving the Pungo District Hospital, which once serviced over 20,000 patients in Beaufort and Hyde counties.

We need to stop playing politics with this,” the mayor said. “I’m afraid that my Republican colleagues in NC are going to get killed this fall because of Medicaid expansion. There’s 500,000 people in NC that could have insurance coverage the next 2 years and not cost the state a dime, and the state’s not accepting that. Now, if you’re representing the citizens, how can you not do that?”

Mayor O’Neal will arrive in the District of Columbia on Monday, July 27, and will host a rally in front of the Capitol Building at 11:10 a.m. His progress can be tracked via his official Twitter account.

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