"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.
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On Saturday, The Hindu reported that clashes across Darjeeling killed one GJM supporter and injured 35 security personnel. Refusing to get intimidated by the protesters, CM Banerjee on Monday said that she will not "bow down to threats".
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After kicking off in 70-68-66, the 31-year-old began T10 on 6-under, six adrift of 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth . It feels like we've been out here for a long time but it's only been four years", he said.
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South and nuclear-armed North Korea are separated by one of the world's most heavily armed borders, and remain technically at war. This performance was the first time a North Korean ITF taekwondo delegation performed on South Korean soil.