Capitol police were seen physically removing demonstrators, many of whom were in wheelchairs and holding medical equipment, as they chanted their disapproval of the draft legislation. According to ADAPT, the new health care bill would threaten people with pre-existing conditions and disabilities. "But it shocked me that our senators would rather arrest people with disabilities than take care of us".
But the protest soon turned into chaos as footage shows police dragging protesters from the floor outside McConnell's office.
As the die-in was taking place, protesters chanted, "No cuts to Medicaid, save our liberty!". They would feel the brunt of the cuts if the Republican bill is passed and becomes law, which would enact cuts to the program that millions of disabled Americans rely on. The Senate version of the bill would curtail Medicaid funding, repeal taxes on the wealthy and eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood.
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Prior to Thursday's "die-in" in front of McConnell's offices, protesters on the opposite coast held a "die-in" in San Francisco on Wednesday.
In one of the more noteworthy provisions, it would remove the individual mandate and penalties that require most people to have health insurance.
- Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) June 22, 2017People with disabilities protesting Medicaid cuts.
Is it a coincidence that the protest occurred 18 years after the Olmstead v. LC hearing in the Supreme Court that recognizes disabled people's right to live in the community. "My people are going to die because of decisions that that man is making for our society".