Noah Wyle, Former ‘ER’ Star, Arrested for Medicaid-Related Protest

Noah Wyle, a former star on the television series ‘ER,’ was arrested on Monday along with about 100 others during a Capital Hill protest against Congressional cuts to Medicaid, reports the Associated Press.

The actor was protesting along with members of the group ADAPT, a national grass-roots community organization that organizes disability rights activists to engage in what it terms “nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.”

Many of the protestors were in wheelchairs, according to the Associated Press article, and Wyle said they’re the ones who would be hurt most by any Medicaid cuts. 

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“Those cuts would reduce the hours of home health care aides being able to come in and give basic services, which would force people to basically give up their right to live in integrated, portable, accessible housing and put them in an institution,” he is quoted as saying. 

Cuts to the Medicaid program would be a “very short-sighted economic decision because it costs up to four times as much to have somebody in an institution than it does to have them require some hourly assistance every day,” he continued. 

Just five weeks ago, Wyle’s former ‘ER’ co-star George Clooney was arrested outside of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington during a demonstration, the AP points out.

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Wyle played a young Dr. John Carter during his ‘ER’ stint, and now plays the lead character on TNT’s “Falling Skies.”

Read the full Associated Press article.

Written by Alyssa Gerace