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Noah Wyle Opens Up About Medicaid Protest


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Three months after being arrested on Capitol Hill for demonstrating against proposed cuts to Medicaid, actor Noah Wyle says he’s glad he took a stand in support of people with disabilities.

In a recent appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” Wyle said he promised a long-time friend that he would participate in the Medicaid protest and he doesn’t regret it.

“It was a good fight to fight and I was really glad I did it,” Wyle told Fallon.

Wyle spent some 12 hours in police custody in what he called “holding cells” underneath the congressional office building where he and dozens of other disability rights activists were arrested at the April protest organized by ADAPT.

“We were lined up against the wall. We were handcuffed. We were held for a good 12 hours,” Wyle said, indicating that police took the arrests very seriously. “I’m still not allowed now in a certain part of downtown Washington, D.C.”

The action did get Wyle props, however, from fellow actor and activist George Clooney.

“(Clooney) texted and offered me bail money and said let’s get together and swap yard stories,” Wyle said.

Best known for appearing on NBC’s “ER,” Wyle appeared on Fallon’s show to promote his current television series, “Falling Skies” on TNT.

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  1. Cathy Cleary says:

    Thank You Noah Wyle, for standing up for my rights. I am disabled and on Medicare/Medicaid. I am glad that you are one of the actors go out of their way to help people. It also is a good story for these type interviews. I am also a Falling Skies fan. Thank you, Cathy

  2. Clark (the Weasel) Goodrich says:

    Noah and others who are watched by millions are able to fill an important role that the rest of cannot. After 24 (or so) ADAPT actions and 15 arrests, I’ve never once been invited into the spotlight of a high profile late-night talk show. Which is fine; Jimmy doesn’t know me, neither does Dave or Jay. I really appreciate that Noah, who is well known and much loved, chose this walk-on role in a war against the institutional bias, and that he’s sharing the name of ADAPT and his experiences in this fight to strengthen Medicaid rather than dismantle it, with hundreds of thousands of viewers. Thanks a million, man!

  3. Caroline says:

    Hats off to Noah Wyle and ADAPT! We thank you for being the voice for people with disabilities who are overlooked, forgotten and dismissed and rely on the benefits of Medicaid. Your dedication is inspiring and deeply appreciate your commitment.

  4. Linda Loma says:

    Thank you, Noah Wyle, Jimmy Fallon, and Amy Engar (TURN Community Services)!

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