A “Save Medicaid” rally sponsored by the disability rights group ADAPT is slated for 11 a.m. tomorrow in front of the office of U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) at Denver’s Skyline Park.
Last week the Denver-born organization hosted a sit-in that lasted nearly sixty hours to demand that Gardner oppose the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Nine protesters, the majority of whom have disabilities, were arrested in Gardner’s office last Thursday. Protesters chanted “Rather go to jail than to die without Medicaid!” while Denver police stood in the doorway of Gardner’s office and demanded that they leave. They also live-streamed their arrests on Facebook.
The protests aim to show solidarity with people who have disabilities and seniors who rely on Medicaid for long term care and support, and to get key representatives like Gardner to oppose the bill, according to the event page.
The Congressional Budget Office projected that 22 million Americans will lose coverage under the Senate GOP’s version of the Obamacare replacement bill.