Saturday, 22 July, 2017

Protesters dragged from wheelchairs raise thousands to cover legal fees following arrest

Protests in Capitol Corridors as Chuck Schumer and More Tear Into Senate Republican Health Care Bill: 'It's Heartless' Protesters gather in front of Mitch McConnell's office for 'die-in'
Sammy Stanley | 26 June, 2017, 01:12

Dozens of demonstrators, some of them in wheelchairs, blocked the hallway outside the Kentucky lawmaker's office, chanting "no cuts to Medicaid, save our liberties".

Identifying themselves as Medicaid recipients, the protesters - many of whom were wheelchair-bound - chanted, held signs, and staged a sit-in.

Pat Toomey's Old City office in opposition to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's newly unveiled health care bill, which he revealed Thursday.

"Right now 60 disability rights advocates are staging a die-in in front of Senator McConnell's office to protest cuts to Medicaid which will eliminate home and community-based services that have secured disabled people's freedom", the group said in a Facebook post.

But the protest soon turned into chaos as footage shows police dragging protesters from the floor outside McConnell's office. "Our lives and liberty shouldn't be stolen to give a tax break to the wealthy".

As the ACLU put it, "We can't believe this needs to be said, but it's not okay to drag people out of wheelchairs when they're protesting legislation". They called their protest a "die-in". They said that they will release a statement with arrests and charges later today.

The demonstrators were dragged out of the Capitol Building for protesting the bill even US President Donald Trump has told confidants is "mean". The new health care bill, titled the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017", would cut back the expansion of Medicaid, a program that provides health care to millions of low-income Americans.

Bustle has reached out to Capitol Police for comment. Toomey seemed to express support for the bill, but also said he will thoroughly examine the draft and welcomes all feedback.

The bill also gets rid of the individual mandate and its taxes but retains many of Obamacare's tax credits.

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