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Monday, March 18, 2019

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Hours after a draft of the GOP Senate’s new health care bill was released, protesters from across the country began staging sit-ins and die-ins in response to its draconian measures.

“No cuts to Medicaid,” chanted members of ADAPT (Americans Disabled Attendant Programs Today) outside Mitch McConnell’s office on Thursday.

According to a press release for the event, about five dozen members of the disability rights organization showed up to protest Senate Mitch McConnell’s plans to phase out the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion over several years. Several protesters were forcibly removed from their wheelchairs.

“The Senate proposal cuts off Medicaid expansion more gradually than the House bill, but would enact deeper long-term cuts to the health-care program for low-income Americans,” reported the Washington Post late Wednesday.

Additionally, the Trump Administration has proposed a $600 billion cut to to Medicaid in the $4.1 trillion budget for 2018.

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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4 responses to “Capitol Police Drag Disabled Health Care Protesters From Their Wheelchairs In Front Of Mitch McConnell’s Office”

  1. Dominick Vila says:

    These images are being broadcast worldwide. Those who believe Trump is making America great again, and continue to support vindictive policies that target the poor, seniors, children, and all our most vulnerable citizens to pave the way for a massive transfer of wealth to the top 1% of Americans, are either delusional or as greedy as the scumbags responsible for dictatorial acts like this. The world does not respect, they are bewildered and disgusted by what they are seeing. We are showing a side of America that most people thought was long gone…and nobody seems to care.

  2. Demonstrators in wheelchairs forcibly removed—What a fitting symbolism of what the GOP stands for. Somehow, the depraved nature of the entire GOP conglomerate has reached outside of the confines of Capitol Hill to cause the Capitol police to contract the same illness.

    Outwardly, the GOP does a great job pretending to be concerned about all America, but each week brings additional revelations that this dastardly Party has no such concerns or regard for democratic principles, unless it’s time to curry favor and protect the rich and big business concerns.

    Their actions and secretive nature resembles Russia more than what we had come to expect from government institutions in America. The only thing that matters is that they be allowed to be the parasites they are, sucking the blood-life of the nation, slowly but surely. And to perpetuate this parasitic relationship they’ve vowed to uphold, they make deals in secret, circumvent the process of consulting with all members of Congress by making distinctions according to Party affiliation, disregard the needs of the more vulnerable in American society while making sure that rich donors are always first in line to be catered to first.

    This is a Party better-suited to legislate in hell rather than among ordinary people. No lofty and godly qualities can never shine forth from this deplorable body of godless well-off grifters.

    A pox on the entire Party until they realize that they’ve lost their souls and their humanity.

  3. FireBaron says:

    So much for “Compassionate Conservatism”. Then again, this is the same Mitch McConnell who banned live recordings from the Senate Wing of the capitol.

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