RALEIGH, N.C. — Members of the North Carolina NAACP Forward Together Moral Movement protested the lack of Medicaid expansion in North Carolina Wednesday afternoon.
The group held a die-in at the Capitol Building and planned a prayer vigil at the Executive Mansion. The movement’s leader, the Rev. William Barber, sayid the protesters will remember the thousands of people who die each year because North Carolina hasn’t expanded Medicaid.
Supporters say expanding Medicaid would provide coverage to about 500,000 low-income people in North Carolina, of whom more than 300,000 have no other options for insurance.
In a statement Wednesday, the executive director of the North Carolina GOP, Dallas Woodhouse, said, “The immoral Monday crowd has accused Republicans of a lot of things but murder for not expanding Obamacare is over the top and disgusting.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.