Medicaid Expansion Rally Held at Waynesboro Public Library

WAYNESBORO, Va -- A rally put on by Virginia Organizing was held outside the Waynesboro Public Library on Monday for support of medicaid expansion in Virginia.

Many of the people here think there are big consequences if medicaid expansion isn't passed.

"I feel anger, because I feel like why would you do this to me when I wouldn't do this to you," says Mercedies Harris who went to the rally, "people are going to die at home, the elderly don't get in ambulances because it costs $100 dollars a mile in some ambulances."

Medicaid expansion has been a hot topic in Virginia with many people believing it will save lives while others are skeptical on how the money will be used.

While dozens of people argued for medicaid expansion outside the library, inside Americans For Prosperity Virginia held their own event inside against expanding medicaid with Delegate Dickie Bell as a speaker.

Charles Deaton attended the Americans For Prosperity event and thinks something needs to be done, but that it shouldn't involve the budget, right now at least.

"We do need to figure out what to do, I'm just not sure we need to do it here in the next month or next two months," says Deaton, "we need to let our schools, our fire departments, our police departments get their budgets in order, our cities and our counties get their budgets in order."

As the debate continues, people like Mercedies say they plan to fight on.

"I'm going to fight until I can't fight anymore," says Harris.


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