MEDIA RELEASE: Coalition to deliver thousands of pro-health reform letters to Sen. Hagan

A growing movement of North Carolinians demands a strong public option to promote real, meaningful health choice


RALEIGH (Sep. 29) -- Thousands of North Carolinians have raised their voices in support of effective health care reform. Now, supporters of a health plan with a strong public option will bring their message to Sen. Kay Hagan’s office. 

On Tuesday, Sep. 29 at approximately 2 p.m., advocates for health care reform and uninsured North Carolina residents will walk to Sen. Hagan’s Raleigh office. The delegation will deliver a statement to Sen. Kay Hagan along with over 5,000 letters and petitions which demand a strong public option as part of federal health care reform.


“We want Sen. Hagan to know that North Carolinians support health care reform with a strong public option, not a watered-down co-op model,” said Adam Searing, director of the NC Justice Center’s Health Access Coalition.


Coalition partners include the NC NAACP, the HKonJ Coalition,  Health Care for America Now, and the NC Justice Center.


Amina J. Turner, NC NAACP’s Executive Director added, “Lack of quality health care and adequate insurance coverage continues to put families into poverty in our state and elsewhere in America.  It is time that the federal government responds to the public’s need with a public option to prevent this effect and ongoing trend.”


“We need to make sure every American has access to health care, especially poor and vulnerable communities,” said the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, president of the NC NAACP. “A strong public option is fundamental to real, meaningful health reform.”


The walk will follow NC Policy Watch’s Crucial Conversation luncheon with former CIGNA executive and current health care reform activist Wendell Potter at Marbles Kids Museum. The group will walk from Marbles (201 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601) to Senator Kay Hagan's office at the federal building (310 New Bern Avenue Raleigh, NC 27601).

The Crucial Conversation lunch will end by 1.30pm. Supporters will gather in the park across the street from Marbles at that time and begin the walk to Sen. Hagan’s office.


People available for media comment during the walk and press event include:

  • Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of NC NAACP;
  • Adam Searing, director of the NC Justice Center’s Health Access Coalition;
  • Uninsured and underinsured North Carolinians, including Rhonda Robinson of Durham, who is epileptic and without health insurance; and
  • James Andrews, head of AFL-CIO North Carolina.


Contact:         Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, NC NAACP, 919-394-8137
                        Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, NC NAACP, 919-682-4700