Capitol Hill police break up health care bill protest
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 23:54
On Thursday, lawmakers reiterated those concerns, wondering out loud whether one week was enough to properly debate the contents of a bill aimed at overhauling the current health care system. Mitch McConnell's office in Washington. She said they were later reunited with their wheelchairs.
Some of the protesters are being escorted individually.
- Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) June 22, 2017People with disabilities protesting Medicaid cuts.
As Capitol police conferred about what to do, the protesters chanted, "No cuts to Medicaid; save our liberty!"
Dawn Russel, one of the ADAPT organizers, noted that not only would this cause problem for disabled people but it would also cost more money for Americans because of the people that would be forced to move into nursing facilities and other institutions. Corona says Medicaid helps his son Anthony get out of bed every morning.
For weeks, McConnell's colleagues have publicly criticized his decision to write the bill behind closed doors. "Surely we can do better than what the Republican health care bill promises".
"It's going to hurt a lot of people and it's going to hurt them to give tax breaks to rich people", O'Donnell said. The bill would eliminate the requirement that Americans buy insurance or face a tax penalty.
Moments after the 142-page discussion draft was unveiled, McConnell spoke on the Senate floor, renewing his criticism of the seven-year-old law. But Thursday's disabled demonstrators view the new Senate plan as an attack on them. McConnell will be able to lose only two senators from his 52-member conference and still pass the bill, with Vice-President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote. A vote would occur next week after budget analysts assess the package.
"But it shocked me that our senators would rather arrest people with disabilities than take care of us". The Senate bill may be meaner. He's dealing with an unpopular piece of legislation that affects almost every American personally and a diverse conference that includes moderates and conservatives, both of whom have problems with the bill.
McConnell hopes to push the measure through the Senate next week.