Medicaid expansion supporters attempt ‘die-in’ at Capitol

Courtesy: Jim Bowen

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Civil rights and health care advocates say decisions by Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican legislature to block Medicaid expansion in North Carolina mean the uninsured are needlessly sick and have died.

Dozens of people associated with a movement against GOP policies led by the state NAACP demonstrated Wednesday with a mock funeral procession at the old Capitol, where McCrory keeps an office.

Seven people wanted to hold a “die-in” by lying down inside the Capitol but couldn’t because the doors were locked minutes before the 5 p.m. closing. They lay outside the doors instead. The State Capitol Police couldn’t immediately explain the early closing.

The bagpipe-led procession planned later to reach the Executive Mansion for a prayer vigil.

A Republican Party official blasted demonstrators’ comments as over the top.

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