Pelosi Heckled By Disability Advocates
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, resorted to yelling parts of a speech Tuesday over the voices of protesters in wheelchairs calling for “our homes, not nursing homes.”
The scene played out at a Washington conference for the progressive group America’s Future Now. A group of protesters from the self-advocacy organization ADAPT relentlessly sought to disrupt Pelosi as she gave her 28-minute speech. Pelosi, however, remained determined to complete her remarks over the disruption, despite offers from her security detail to remove the protesters or to leave without giving the speech.
ADAPT members have demonstrated at other Pelosi events in recent weeks as well. The actions are an attempt to draw attention to the Community Choice Act, a bill that has long languished in Congress which would mandate that states offer individuals with disabilities the option to use Medicaid funding to pay for care in the community rather than in facilities like nursing homes, reports The Washington Post. To read more click here.
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