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Former ER star Noah Wyle explains ‘unsexy’ Medicaid activism

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 22:34 EDT
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Former ER star Noah Wyle explained Tuesday why he decided to bring attention to “a very unsexy kind of issue” by getting arrested to protest Medicaid cuts.

Wyle and more than 100 other people were arrested during a protest at the Capitol Hill in late April.

“It was a good fight to fight,” he said on Current TV’s The Young Turks.

Wyle noted the group that planned the protest, ADAPT (Americans with Disabilities for Attendant Programs), had received very little attention. The group said cuts to Medicaid would negatively affect the elderly and people with disabilities, forcing more people into nursing homes.

“This isn’t really a medical issue. This is a civil rights issue. The fight that they are fighting isn’t just for people with disabilities. It’s for everybody who is planning on getting old.”

Watch video, courtesy of Current TV, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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