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Health Care Halloween

October 29, 2009

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - They'll be dying for health care today in front of Rep. Shelly Moore Capito's Charleston office. Health care activist Gary Zuckett, executive director of West Virginia Citizen Action, promises that The Grim Reaper will be there, as will people representing the four West Virginians who die prematurely each week for lack of health insurance.

Zuckett admits it's a Halloween prank, but he calls it truth in humor.

"It is a little gruesome. If four people a week in West Virginia were being killed in carjackings or terrorist bombings, people would be outraged. But every week, like clockwork, four people die."

Capito is the only member of Congress from West Virginia who has opposed health care reform, citing fears of too much control by the government.

As the full House and Senate are set to begin work on bills, Zuckett says health care reformers are pleased that the public option hasn't given up the ghost.

"The public option is still alive. The devil is in the details, as usual, and this is the season for devilish details, but we're hopeful."

The protest will be held at Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's Charleston office, 4815 MacCorkle Avenue, Kanawha City, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - WV