Four Idaho activists were arrested Tuesday outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office, while they were advocating for universal Medicare.
In coordination with the People’s Action #PeoplesWave rallies, United Vision for Idaho leaders Nimi Sandhu, Cal Whedbee, Angela Housley and Adrienne Evans were arrested at 3 p.m. outside of McConnell’s office door in Washington, D.C.
The first congressional hearing on a “Medicare-for-all” bill in years took place on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press, aligning with the three-day People’s Action protest that brought nearly a thousand activists to D.C.
Idaho activists were among 75 people filling the hallway outside of McConnell’s office chanting, “we need a leader, not a grim reaper,” according to a People’s Action release; six of the protesters were arrested, according to the release.
Evans, executive director of United Vision and United Action for Idaho, said they were there to demand leadership and “health care that everyone of us needs from cradle to grave.”
“We are here representing the thousands of Idahoans who were failed by our legislature and our governor,” Evans said in a release. “We aren’t begging for Medicaid Expansion, we are demanding Medicare for all.”