DETROIT— On Thursday afternoon, a group of more than 100 low-income voters met outside Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office in Detroit to protest his pledge to cut Michigan’s Medicaid expansion.
A community member with the group said 700,000 Michigan residents who have Medicaid could be affected by the cuts.
“It’s a die-in because he’s killing our healthcare,” said Camille Allen, a home-care provider. “If he takes it away, what are we going to do?”
The protest, organized by the Fight for $15 movement, which started in New York in 2012, included what they called a “die-in.” The protesters lay down on the ground in the front of the Cadillac Building.
Many protesters who spoke Thursday evening said that they or their children have chronic diseases.
Allen, who has been fighting for low-wage worker rights for 12 years, said she has Crohn’s disease and just underwent eye surgery. Her Crohn’s medicine costs $600 a month.
“Our goal today is to tell Bill Schuette that it’s not just about his pockets, it’s about the people,” McDonald’s worker Alexis Wright said.
Rev. Willie Walker said another goal of the protest is to get as many people to vote in November as possible.
The protesters marched around the office building holding signs reading “Bill Schuette: Healthcare Killer” and “Schuette: Hands Off My Healthcare.”
Walker said he has been involved with the Fight for $15 movement since the beginning.
“It’s sad we have to continue to fight for a living wage, for healthcare,” he said. “As a pastor and watching my young people struggle, I have to come out and fight for them.”
This is not the first time hundreds of protesters have gathered in Michigan to fight for healthcare and union issues. In January, hundreds of low-wage workers protested outside Gov. Snyder’s office as he gave the state of the state address.
According to the protest’s press release, if elected governor, Schuette has also pledged to implement a bill that is currently moving through the state legislature that would impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. In the past as Michigan’s attorney general, he halted the progress of the Affordable Care Act.
Walker said the group most of all wanted to make sure Schuette knows which of his policies the voters are against.
“He needs to know the voters are here and we’ll fight you,” Walker said. “We put you in office and we can take you out.”