hide captionResidents fear that the economy of Belhaven, N.C., will collapse because its hospital closed. “How many people go retire somewhere where it doesn’t even have a hospital?” asks the mayor.
Last month, the only hospital in the sleepy town of Belhaven in eastern North Carolina closed its doors, prompting Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal to step out of party lines and call for an expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina. And then he took a lot more steps.
The Republican mayor and self-proclaimed conservative spent the last two weeks walking the 237
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