Protest Against Medicaid Cuts in MO
Eight people chained their wheelchairs Wednesday to a door leading into the
Missouri House and demanded to see Gov. Matt Blunt during a protest against
Medicaid cuts he signed into law this week.
Hundreds of disabled people, along with some of their attendants, marched
around the Capitol peacefully. The situation turned tense when eight protesters
threaded chains through their wheelchairs and locked themselves to a House
"The disability community will not rest until every Missourian with a
disability is able to live in the most integrated setting as an equal part of
the community," said protest leader John Loyd of Rochester, N.Y., and formerly
of Warrensburg, Mo.
Capitol police cut the chain within 15 minutes. But the protesters blocked
the door for two and a half hours before leaving. Blunt did not meet with the
"We're always glad to see people come to Jefferson City to share
their views," said Spence Jackson, a spokesman for Blunt.