Protestors blast Gov. Bentley's decision not to expand Medicaid - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Protestors blast Gov. Bentley's decision not to expand Medicaid in Ala.

Posted: Updated:
Members of the Birmingham Metro Chapter of the NAACP, Greater Birmingham Ministries and Progressive Democrats of America protested Gov. Bentley's decision not to expand Medicaid coverage in Alabama. Source: Damian Johnson/WBRC Members of the Birmingham Metro Chapter of the NAACP, Greater Birmingham Ministries and Progressive Democrats of America protested Gov. Bentley's decision not to expand Medicaid coverage in Alabama. Source: Damian Johnson/WBRC
Some protestors have compared Gov. Bentley to Gov. Wallace, saying he is "standing in the door" of healthcare. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC Some protestors have compared Gov. Bentley to Gov. Wallace, saying he is "standing in the door" of healthcare. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC
Protestors hold signs at a rally in Kelly Ingram Park. Source: Damian Johnson/WBRC Protestors hold signs at a rally in Kelly Ingram Park. Source: Damian Johnson/WBRC
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Americus student honored in statewide design contest

    Americus student honored in statewide design contest

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:59:05 GMT
    Indira Zelaya, a fourth grader from Sarah Cobb Elementary School in Americus, was honored in Atlanta recently for her artwork supporting Georgia's manufacturing industry.  She was nominated by South GeorgiaMore >>
    Indira Zelaya, a fourth grader from Sarah Cobb Elementary School in Americus, was honored in Atlanta recently for her artwork supporting Georgia's manufacturing industry.  She was nominated by South Georgia Technical College.More >>
  • Swimming pool destroyed after storm

    Swimming pool destroyed after storm

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:32:11 GMT
    An Albany man arrived home to find his pool completely destroyed. He's not sure what happened, but the wall caved in and the concrete cracked. He says he's had the siding redone several times.More >>
    An Albany man arrived home to find his pool completely destroyed. He's not sure what happened, but the wall caved in and the concrete cracked. More >>
  • Manhole overflowing at Lenox Dr. and W. Oglethrope

    Manhole overflowing at Lenox Dr. and W. Oglethrope

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:24 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:24:01 GMT
    Be careful if your traveling near the intersection of Lennox Drive and West Oglethrope Ave. A manhole is overflowing releasing nearly 25 gallons of water a minute. City officials says the undergroundMore >>
    Be careful if your traveling near the intersection of Lennox Drive and West Oglethrope Ave. A manhole is overflowing releasing nearly 25 gallons of water a minute. More >>
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Various groups gathered at Kelly Ingram Park on Monday to blast Governor Robert Bentley's decision not to expand Medicaid coverage in Alabama.

The Birmingham Metro Chapter of the NAACP, Greater Birmingham Ministries and Progressive Democrats of America accused Bentley of hurting the healthcare of some Alabamians.

The group pointed to a UAB study which said 300,000 people would be added to Medicaid coverage, adding jobs and money to Alabama if Bentley agreed to the expansion under the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Bentley has refused to go along with the expansion, saying the Medicaid system is broken in Alabama and must be fixed first. Bentley is also concerned about the state's cost as the program continues in the future.

The Rev. Anthony Johnson with the Metro NAACP accused Bentley of being the modern day Governor George Wallace standing in the door of healthcare.

The group plans to have another rally and demonstration at Kelly Ingram Park on Nov. 29.

Copyright 2013 WBRC. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow