Disability Advocates Arrested At Health Care Protest, Forcibly Removed From Wheelchairs

Videos of disabled protestors being removed from their wheelchairs have sparked viral outrage on social media.

By Eric Shorey

Yesterday, the Senate revealed their version of the American Health Care Act, which Majority Leader Mitch McConnel had kept secret. McConnel now plans to rush through debate and hopes to have a vote on the bill before the July 4th recess, effectively stiffling criticism of the proposed new rules about health care. According to Time43 protestors were arrested during demonstrations against the bill, many of whom were disabled and voicing their opposition to the plan, which would cut Medicaid for low-income Americans.

The protests were organized by ADAPT, a disability rights organization. Videos of police forcibly picking protestors out of their wheelchairs have prompted viral outrage on social media.

"Many of the demonstrators, as part of their protest activities, removed themselves from their wheelchairs and lay themselves on the floor, obstructing passage through the hallway and into nearby offices," a police statement on the situation read.

"The American Health Care Act caps and significantly cuts Medicaid which will greatly reduce access to medical care and home and community based services for elderly and disabled Americans who will either die or be forced into institutions," Bruce Darling, an ADAPT organizer taking part in the protest, said in a statement. "Our lives and liberty shouldn't be stolen to give a tax break to the wealthy. That's truly un-American."

The House version of the bill passed last month would result in 23 million Americans losing coverage by 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

[Photo: Twitter @desderiaDC]

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