"Don't touch Medicaid, save our liberty", the protesters chanted outside his office. The new bill proposes cuts to Medicaid for low-income Americans and erases tax boosts Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to fund the expansion of coverage, according to the Associated Press.
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).
"Right now 60 disability rights advocates are staging a die-in in front of Senator McConnell's office to protest cuts to Medicaid which will eliminate home and community-based services that have secured disabled people's freedom", the group said in a Facebook post.
In a statement, Capitol Police say the protesters "removed themselves from their wheelchairs and lay themselves on the floor, obstructing passage through the hallway and into nearby offices". The bill slashesMedicaid funding and phases out the program by 2020, strips essential health benefits like maternity care and prescription drugs, and offers tax cuts to the wealthy. The demonstrators filled the hallway outside the office of Senate Majority LeaderMitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Police officers physically removed protesters from the area one by one and carried them outside. Several protesters were forcibly removed from their wheelchairs. Republicans aim to circumvent a committee hearing and vote by bringing the bill directly to the floor before July 4. "Most people are opposed to this bill, yet it is still moving along".
This protester wasn't the only one who felt that the government wanted to kill her rather than protect her.
Indian PM Modi Leaves Portugal to Meet Trump
The Defence Technology and Trade Initiative that facilitates American arms technology transfers to India will be pushed by the PM. India and the U.S. have deep, extensive contacts that cover many different areas, from defence to trade to diaspora concerns.
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Trump plans to completely secure Afghanistan by redeploying American troops into the country and flush out all jihadists presence. While it is likely that both of these will come up in DC, few expect any actual development on either front.
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But under the GOP plans, it would be replaced by fixed payments to states, regardless of what it costs to care for patients. Like the House, the Senate wants to offer tax credits rather than subsidies to help the needy afford insurance.