Police Remove Disabled Protesters Outside Mitch McConnell's Office

Dozens arrested after disability advocates protest at McConnell's office

Some of the protesters were in wheelchairs as they blocked the hallway, while others were wearing medical devices, and as they protested health care measures that would potentially threaten their lives, police dragged the protesters away from McConnell's office.

Members of ADAPT, a national grassroots disability rights organization, staged a "die-in" protest at McConnell's office in an attempt to stop what they see as "attacks on disabled people's freedoms" in the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA).

President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion budget proposal for 2018 also includes $600 billion in decreases to Medicaid, apparently on top of health care bill cuts.

According to Maplight, a watchdog that tracks campaign spending, those chosen by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to draft the Senate's version of Trumpcare legislation have collected, on average, $214,000 from companies that will be directly affected by major changes to the nation's healthcare system. Representatives said they were gathered for what they called a "die-in" to protest the cutbacks in federal support for Medicaid. The group says it brought about 60 protesters to Capitol Hill for the protest.

Numerous protesters got out of their wheelchairs and blocked the hallway - an unlawful act, the Capitol Police noted.

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In some cases, officers physically removed protesters from the area.

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The statement also stated the group's protest falls on the 18th anniversary of Olmstead v. LC - the 1999 Supreme Court Ruling that first recognized disabled people's right to live in communities rather than institutions. "Most people are opposed to this bill, yet it is still moving along".

The arrestees were charged with D.C. Code §22-1307, Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding. Rice said she's concerned about provisions in the Senate bill that may make it more hard for people to access care.

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