NC mayor walks hundreds of miles to Washington in protest of hospital closing

WASHINGTON — A North Carolina mayor on Sunday was just a few miles away from finishing his 273-mile walk to Washington.

Fox News reported that Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal is walking to Washington to draw attention to the closing of his small town’s local hospital. He started the 14-day journey earlier this month.

Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal is walking to Washington to draw attention to the closing of his small town’s local hospital. (Image: WITN via NDN)

Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal is walking to Washington to draw attention to the closing of his small town’s local hospital. (Image: WITN via NDN)

O’Neal wants to draw attention to the plights of other rural facilities caught in financial bind created largely by ObamaCare, a changing economy and less federal funding, according to Fox News.

“We’re almost there,” O’Neal said as he reached northern Virginia ahead of an approaching thunderstorm. “We’re going to make it.”

The mayor said an increasing number of small, rural hospitals have been shuttered since ObamaCare was signed into law in 2012.

O’Neill said he wants to bring attention to what he considers Department of Health and Human Services and Justice Department failures leading to the closure of Belhaven’s Vidant Pungo Hospital.

Read full story: Foxnews.com

8 comments

  • j r nance (@rnance1950)

    I’m with the Mayor 100% but I may be Wrong but that looks like “Fake Reverend William Barber” Of the NC naacp walking beside him but I know he didn’t walk over 10 feet, he’s like Al Sharpton if he can get his picture taken & put in the news he will do or say anything but basically he just Lies his A off 24/7…..

  • Bo Diddley

    Congrats for wasting your time….let’s try less symbolism next time and more time in Belhaven….

  • Thomas Noell

    Ah, come on, folks….we all know that anyone who dares to criticize Obama or his pathetic “Affordable Health Care Act” is just a “Tea-Baggin racist”, so why even bother any more. Let’s face….we’ve lost this country!

  • Darrell Parks

    Barber us the antithesis the kind of “healthy lifestyle” African-Americans should lead. Grotesquely obese, unable to walk without a cane. Blood sugar most likely totally screwed up.

  • laffin'atcha

    I see the NAACP “reverend” is with him. This guy is becoming like “reverend” Sharpton, NEVER EVER NEVER forsake or miss a photo op…

  • its my business

    Oh, I totally believe it all. Dude, get a car. And who’s packing and carrying your bags? Where are you staying during your “hike”? More infrmation, please ….

  • Elizabeth Turner

    This article completely misrepresents Mayor O’Neal’s position which is to ask NC to accept the medicaid expansion. Yes it is not in line with all Republicans. But how would anyone reading this story know, since Fox has misrepresented his stand!!! Maybe they don’t want you to know. Oh yeah, people could just listen to what Adam says or read his letter to the president to know the Fox story has it wrong.

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