Actor Noah Wyle, along with 100 other people, was arrested during a Capitol Hill protest on Monday urging Congress not to cut Medicaid. He was part of the group ADAPT and was handcuffed in the Cannon House Office Building, according to the Associated Press. Several demonstrators were arrested in wheelchairs and carried off into police custody.
The non-profit organization maintains that cuts in Medicaid would force elderly people and those with disabilities out of their homes and into nursing homes to get services they require.
“Those cuts would reduce the hours of home health care aides being able to come in and give basic services,” Noah explained, “which would force people to basically give up their right to live in integrated, portable, accessible housing and put them in an institution,” the actor told AP.
Wyle, who is best known for his role as John Carter on NBC’s hit medical drama ER, warned his ex-wife and kids, 9-year-old son Owen, and 6-year-old daughter Auden, that he might be taken into custody.
“I think they’re really proud of the old man right now,” he said.