Disability Rights Activists Arrested in Health Care Protest Return

Disability Rights Activists Arrested in Health Care Protest Return

The sit-in was organized by the Arc, which advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“These are literally people outside who are taking over McConnell’s office who are on ventilators and wheelchairs”, she said.

Several journalists and other people at McConnell’s office tweeted the chaotic events as they unfolded, showing that numerous protesters who were removed were using wheelchairs and other medical devices.

Some of the protesters were yelling “no cuts to Medicaid” as they were being led away by police. Officers physically carried them outside- One by one. “Our lives and liberty shouldn’t be stolen to give a tax break to the wealthy”. In a statement, they said about 60 protesters gathered for a “die-in” to fight back on the health care bill, which will drastically cut back federal support of Medicaid.

One of the protesters who was arrested, Mike Oxford, told CNN that the police acted professionally and used accessible paddy wagons with wheelchair lifts to transport the protesters with mobility disabilities.

The protest came on the same day Senate Republican leaders released their version of a bill that would repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health law. “Most people are opposed to this bill, yet it is still moving along”.

Republicans plan to make their plan public later Thursday.

Moments after the 142-page discussion draft was unveiled, McConnell spoke on the Senate floor, renewing his criticism of the seven-year-old law. The new bill proposes cuts to Medicaid for low-income Americans and erases tax boosts Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to fund the expansion of coverage, according to the Associated Press.