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More Arkansans head to Washington for health care demonstrations, expect disobedience

Posted By on Sun, Jul 16, 2017 at 4:20 PM

Still more Arkansans are en route to Washington to impress on Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman their opposition to the Republican plan to eviscerate Medicaid and eliminate beneficial parts of the Affordable Care Act.

Arkansans have been among at least two past groups of demonstrators arrested for taking protests to the Senate office building. A release from Arkansas Community Organizations said another dozen from several groups will leave for Washington Monday to "stand up for children, seniors, disabled people and low-income workers who receive health coverage through Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act." Said the news release:

Most of the delegation intends to commit civil disobedience. 
The proposed reduction in Medicaid support will affect more than 700,000 people in Arkansas.

The news release said the group hoped to arrive the same day as Congressional Budget Office scoring of the latest Republican legislation, which is headed to a vote without a hearing and little time for study. That CBO score may be non-existent.  Politico reported today that its release, expected Monday, has been delayed. A vote on the bill has been delayed on account of Sen. John McCain's surgery.

Cotton and Boozman remain incommunicado on the issue. A handful of people have managed to see them privately and report that they listen to concerns, but made no commitments.

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