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Disability Activists Spend 24 Hours In GOP Senator’s Office To Protest Health Bill: ‘Rather Go To Jail Than Die Without Medicaid!’

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Disability Activists Spend 24 Hours In GOP Senator’s Office To Protest Health Bill: ‘Rather Go To Jail Than Die Without Medicaid!’





A group of disability activists spent 24 hours in Sen. Cory Gardner‘s (R-Colo.) Denver office starting Tuesday morning to protest against the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill, with a handful of activists refusing to leave at the end of the day and spending the night in Gardner’s office, the Denver Post reported.

The group said in social media posts that they were locked into the office and threatened with arrest if they didn’t leave.

However, the Senator’s aides said the activists weren’t asked to leave and even had a staff member stay in the office overnight with them.

“Cops are coming we rowdy “RATHER GO TO JAIL THAN DIE WITHOUT MEDICAID!” #ADAPTandRESIST”

“We don’t plan to go anywhere. We’ll be here all night. The only way you get us out of here is by promising to vote no”

“The senator’s state director spoke with them earlier today to ensure he listened to all of their concerns regarding potential health care legislation,” a Gardner spokesman told the Denver Post.




“The organization currently in the office has spoken to Senator Gardner several times and are in constant contact with his health care policy staff regarding requested reforms to our health care system.”

“If anything, we have to double our efforts now that the bill was delayed, not back off,” a protester said.

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