Disabled Group Protests Medicaid Cut Plan
Monday, September 19, 2005
Several hundred disabled people, many in wheelchairs, crowded into the hallways and private suites of House and Senate office buildings Monday to protest proposals to slow federal spending for Medicaid, the health program for the poor.
Organizers said at least 30 people associated with the national disability rights group ADAPT were arrested for refusing to leave private offices. Capitol Police officers said there had been arrests but did not have a final number.
ADAPT organizer Babs Johnson said the protests were staged at the personal offices of House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.
She said they were demanding that Congress abandon plans to slow the growth of Medicaid spending by $10 billion over the next five years. They also are demanding that Congress pass legislation making it easier for the disabled to live in their communities rather than in nursing homes.
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Tuesday, September 20
So How Else Are People Supposed to Get The Attention of Their Reps?
They don't want to hear your complaints. They are oblivious to the needs of their constituents unless they are corporations. Try to protest and they arrest you. They obviously don't read the newspapers or watch television. They have no clue. disgraceful
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