How To Save Medicaid Through Direct Action

One disability rights group from Colorado offers a lesson in how to make your representatives listen.

Last week, over 300 activists from ADAPT, the direct action disability rights organization that we profiled back in March, stormed Washington, D.C., to protest the GOP’s bill. Eighty-three were eventually arrested for chaining themselves to the White House fence (technically for blocking the sidewalk). The next day, they dispersed to find their representatives in Congress. One group, from Colorado, succeeded.

Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) was talking on the phone when a small group of ADAPTers from his state rolled up. He quickly hung up, focused on his constituents, and engaged in a substantive, five-minute conversation about Medicaid and disability supports and services. The exchange was captured on video and posted to social media.

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