Many of the protesters were using wheelchairs and other medical devices.
On Thursday, as Senate Republicans unveiled their secret healthcare bill, dozens of protesters outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office were forcibly removed for demonstrating.
According to the Washington Post, the sit-in action was organized by an advocacy organization for people with disabilities called ADAPT. The demonstrators chanted “No cuts to Medicaid!” and staged a “die-in” outside the office. This is due to the fact that the Senate bill, as well as the House bill that passed in May, proposes cuts to Medicaid, a federal- and state-funded insurance program for people who are low-income and/or may have a disability. Without assistance from the government, many people living with disabilities may not be able to get health coverage elsewhere.
Several journalists and other people at McConnell’s office tweeted the chaotic events as they unfolded, showing that many of the protesters who were removed were using wheelchairs and other medical devices.
The Capital Police Department nor Mitch McConnell have released a statement on the matter, and there hasn’t been word from authorities on if any arrests were made or how many were made.
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