COLUMBIA — A die-in protest was held outside Senator Roy Blunt's Columbia office Wednesday. Missouri Jobs with Justice Voter Action, COMO for Progress, and health care advocates all took part in the die-in.
Participants lie on the pavement to symbolize lives that would be lost if the senate healthcare bill were to pass, ending the guarantee of coverage for children seniors, and the disabled.
Various faith leaders attended and spoke in opposition to the bill.
"May Senator Blunt and other political leaders take heed that rather than punishing those who are in need, may we become a society that surrounds our most vulnerable members with the compassion and care that their human dignity demands. May it be so," Rev. Dottie Mathews of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia said.
Currently, medicaid pays for 42 percent of Missouri's births, and services 215,000 Missourians with disabilities.