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Health care bill protesters stage "die-in" outside McConnell's office

26 Juin 2017

The Affordable Care Act allowed states to opt in to an expansion that brought more Americans into state Medicaid programs, and both the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and BCRA threaten to roll back that expansion.

David M. Perry, a freelance journalist who has covered disability issues and activism, said Thursday's demonstration is just the tip of iceberg in terms of the activism to expect from people with disabilities. Some were dragged from their wheelchairs, others handcuffed in them.

While it may be politically convenient to describe the Medicaid program's challenges in talk-show abstractions, for every Medicaid client there are also OH health professionals and community hospitals.

No wonder McConnell kept the bill secret for so long. The Senate bill may be meaner.

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's decision to exclude the public was politically expedient, it is the wrong way to conduct public business. "I will oppose it coming to the floor in its current form, but I remain open to negotiations", Paul said.

Some of the protesters are being escorted individually. Drastic cuts to Medicaid will hit seniors hard as well, and they'll cause drastic changes at many community hospitals. Phillip Corona says he traveled from Wisconsin to make his voice heard.

Corona said Medicaid helps his son Anthony get out of bed every morning.

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Schumer says, "We live in the wealthiest country on earth". "Surely we can do better than what the Republican #healthcarebill promises".

The bill would provide tax credits to help people buy insurance.

Shortly after the 142-page bill was distributed, more than a half-dozen GOP lawmakers signaled concerns or initial opposition. "U.S. Capitol Police officers warned the demonstrators to cease their unlawful activities or be faced with arrest", Capitol Police said in a statement. That, too, is a fact, even though Senate Republicans are performing a rhetorical fan dance of ifs and buts aimed at masking that truth.

Most of the protesters arrived in wheelchairs and went limp when authorities asked them to move along.

Yet it faces an uncertain fate in the Senate. The bill limits Medicaid spending.

The math isn't there yet for Mitch McConnell.

McConnell hopes to push the measure through the Senate next week. McConnell can't afford more than two "no" votes from among Senate Republicans. The House bill would let states apply through waivers to let insurance carriers offer skimpier plans.

Health care bill protesters stage