43 arrested protesting Medicaid cuts

43 arrested protesting Medicaid cuts”

Laura Halvorson, 33, also a protester, said many of those who participated in the die-in resisted arrest and were then removed by Capitol Police without their wheelchairs - images that attracted significant attention on social media.

"We'll probably have to wait and see what the CBO comes up with their score and how numerous now insured people will be able to maintain their coverage". "Forty-three people (15 males and 28 females) did not cease their demonstration activities and were arrested".

Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid and erase tax boosts that helped Obama finance his expansion of coverage.

The protesters staged a sit-in, which they called a "die-in", and chanted "No cuts to Medicaid!". The demonstrators filled the hallway outside the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The GOP's proposed legislation aims to make cuts to Medicaid and repeal taxes that help fund Obamacare, but McConnell introduced the proposal as one that would "strengthen Medicaid". The program now gives states all the money needed to cover eligible recipients and procedures.

Reporters tweeted photos of the protesters being carried out by Capitol Police.

Other journalists also saw people being hoisted by police out of the hallway. Bustle has reached out to Capitol Police for comment.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a statement: "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". Police did not immediately respond to an email requesting confirmation regarding the total number of arrests or the details regarding processing. Numerous protesters continued to chant "no cuts to Medicaid" even as they were being led away.

In one of the more noteworthy provisions, it would remove the individual mandate and penalties that require most people to have health insurance.

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