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Houston Protesters Stage “Zombie Walk” As They Appeal To Keep The Affordable Care Act

Protesters say they fear many Americans will become the “walking dead” if the ACA is repealed.

With their faces covered in splotchy zombie makeup, protesters said wanted to call attention to what they say could happen to Texans if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act. Protester Daniel Cohen admits the measure needs a few tweaks but he adds thousands of Houstonians could go without care if it’s repealed.

“Texas didn’t take the Medicaid funding so now there are people who aren’t covered and it’s all in the hands of the state,” says Cohen. “The point of putting together a national health care system is to put together a national system.”

Also at the protest was Houston neurologist Dona Murphy. She says while doctors have to provide acute care to critically ill patients, she worries about people who can’t afford the follow-up visits.

“It becomes pointless to give the acute care without the chronic care because they need the chronic care in order to surmount the challenges of their illnesses,” says Murphy. “We are ethically and even legally required to provide care for all patients in acute circumstances. So when they show up to your ER you treat them but then you can do no follow-up. Some people will give charitable care but this is unsustainable.” 

The protest followed last week’s narrow vote in the Senate that keeps Obamacare in place for now.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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