Protesters in wheelchairs physically removed from McConnell's office over Medicaid cuts

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

Hours after a draft of the GOP Senate's new health care bill was released, protesters from across the country began staging sit-ins and die-ins in response to its draconian measures. The bill slashes Medicaid funding and phases out the program by 2020, strips essential health benefits like maternity care and prescription drugs, and offers tax cuts to the wealthy. But McConnell was not in his office; he was on the Senate floor, introducing the legislation.

"Don't touch Medicaid, save our liberty", the protesters chanted outside his office.

The attempted "die-in" in opposition to the legislation was organized by ADAPT, a national advocacy group for those with disabilities.

In some cases, officers physically removed protesters from the area.

One of the organizers for ADAPT, Bruce Darling, said that the planned cuts to Medicaid would result in diminished medical care access and fewer services for both #disabled people and elderly people.

McConnell hopes to bring the bill to a vote next week before Congress leaves for a week-long July 4 recess.

In one of the more noteworthy provisions, it would remove the individual mandate and penalties that require most people to have health insurance. "We're very concerned about the way they're processing us, by separating people with physical disabilities from people without".

"Quite Literally Dragging People Away"Physically Removing Protesters" "Horrific Metaphor For Trumpcare"Are You Being Arrested?". "Most people are opposed to this bill, yet it is still moving along".

"Members that were able bodied or had the ability to get out of their wheelchairs laid on the floor and acted out a "die-in" and chanted 'Don't cut Medicaid, save our liberty, '" said Halvorson over text while she was held at Capitol Police headquarters.

The 43 people arrested were charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding.

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