More info about the North Carolina mayor mentioned above, from the same article linked above, that gives more context to his comments, and how Republican opposition to Medicaid expansion is literally killing Americans:
On July 1, the hospital in rural Belhaven, N.C., closed — a victim, in part, of the decision by the state’s governor and legislature to reject the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare.
Six days later, 48-year-old Portia Gibbs, a local resident, had a heart attack. The medevac to take her to the next-nearest hospital (as many as 84 miles away, depending on where you live) didn’t get there in time.
“She spent the last hour of her life in a parking lot at a high school waiting for a helicopter,” Belhaven’s mayor, Adam O’Neal, said outside the U.S. Capitol on Monday, holding a framed photograph of Gibbs.
A week after Gibbs’s death, O’Neal began a 15-day, 273-mile walk to Washington to draw attention to the outrage in Belhaven, which he blames on the combination of an “immoral” hospital operator and the failure of Republican leaders in his state to accept the new Medicaid funding the hospital needed to stay afloat.
What makes the mayor’s journey all the more compelling is he’s a white Southerner and a Republican officeholder who has conservative views on abortion, taxes, guns — “you name it,” he told me. But ideology and party loyalty have limits. “I’m a pretty conservative guy, but this is a matter of people dying,” he said.
Here’s a glaring reminder of how extreme the current leaders of the Republican Party are. There’s even Republicans walking long distances to bring attention to what happens if Medicaid isn’t expanding to the fringe leaders of the party ignoring the plight of millions of people in their respective states, and deciding to play political death with backing a lawsuit of President Obama over executive orders (of which FDR issued over 3,000).
Americans, the GOP cares more about petty political games and fetuses than they do with living, breathing, born children & adults. If the GOP doesn’t expand Medicaid, doesn’t pass immigration reform, and also doesn’t stop trying to repeal or sue over Obamacare, they will lose, majorly, in 2014, and in 2016. So far, my political predictions haven’t been wrong. Let’s hope they don’t start being wrong.
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