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January 9, 2013

NAACP planning Montgomery health care rally

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama NAACP is planning a rally Saturday at the Capitol in Montgomery to show its support for the Affordable Care Act.

Organizers say the rally is also to express concern about Gov. Robert Bentley not using the law to expand Medicaid coverage in Alabama.

Bentley said Tuesday he respects the work done by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. But he said he doesn't like the Affordable Care Act, and Medicaid under its current structure is unworkable. He said not expanding Alabama's Medicaid program is a way he can send a message to Washington that Medicaid needs changes. He said that includes more discretion for states in how to operate the health care program.

The NAACP rally starts at noon Saturday.

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