'No Cuts to Medicaid': Disabled Protesters Carried Away From McConnell's Office

Posted June 26, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been telling conservatives that Democrats would work with centrist Republicans to draft a less-conservative health bill if they fail to support his legislation.

The Senate bill would, beginning in 2020, phase out over four years extra money that Obamacare offered to states that expanded Medicare coverage for low-income people, The Associated Press reported.

The protests coincided with the GOP-controlled Senate's release of their version of the healthcare bill, which was made public to the American people on Thursday.

"To say people will die under this law is not an exaggeration", Mike Oxford, an organizer for the group, said in a statement.

The protest organized by the disability advocacy organization ADAPT, was meant to pressure McConnell and other Republicans not to cut Medicaid funding.

In one video, a protester can be heard yelling, "My child is going to die and my family is going to die, and they don't give a damn about it".

U.S. Capitol Police said 43 were arrested and the department nd would make an announcement about the number of arrests and charges later in the day, spokeswoman Eva Malecki said. She said they were later reunited with their wheelchairs.

"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 protesters staged a "die-in" in front of the office, with numerous protesters in wheelchairs removing themselves from the chairs then lying down on the floor. According to ADAPT, the new health care bill would threaten people with pre-existing conditions and disabilities.

However, the Senate's release of the bill on Thursday contradicted that rhetoric and placed a shining spotlight on the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party.