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Capitol Hill Is Focus Of Disability Protests, Claims About Effects Of Health Care Law

The 2012 campaign is seeing charges - true and false - about what the health care law will do.

The New York Times: Conservative Groups Spending Heavily In Bid To Win A Senate Majority
Except for the candidate, and the phone number that flashes on screen at the end, the ads follow a strikingly similar script. Senator Fill-in-the-Blank supports business-smothering regulations and will raise your taxes. He also added trillions to the deficit by voting for "Obamacare" and will cut your Medicare (Peters, 4/23).

Seattle Times:  Cantwell Opponent Repeats Myths, Overstates Case On Health Law (Fact Check)
Mostly false: GOP Senate candidate Michael Baumgartner says U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell voted to take away our choice of doctors, to force us to buy the insurance she mandates, and to give our choice of treatments to an unelected board of bureaucrats (Song, 4/21).

The Hill: Protest By Catholic Activists May Hamper Obama Reelection Bid
President Obama has seen his standing among Catholic voters, a crucial segment of the electorate, slip in recent weeks, and a looming confrontation with Catholic activists could make it worse. …The administration’s mandate requiring faith-based organizations to cover the healthcare costs of contraception has been the biggest cause of Catholics' concern (Bolton, 4/24).

The Hill: Capitol Police Arrest 76 Protestors, Including Actor Noah Wyle
Hundreds of people reportedly filled the [Cannon House office] building’s rotunda Monday, demonstrating against cuts in Medicaid proposed by Republican House leadership. Many of the protesters were members of ADAPT, a grass-roots disability rights organization (Siegelbaum, 23).

Reuters: Noah Wyle Arrested At Protest In Washington
Actor Noah Wyle was arrested at a healthcare protest in Washington, D.C. on Monday, following in the footsteps of his former "ER" co-star George Clooney, who also taken into police custody at a recent political rally. Wyle, 40, best known for his roles in television dramas "ER" and "Falling Skies," took part in a protest with grassroots organization ADAPT seeking to stop cuts in funding for Medicaid that would affect medical services for the elderly (4/23).

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