Protesters crowd McConnell's office over GOP health bill; several arrested

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

As the full text of the Senate Republicans' health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, was released, protesters nearly completely filled up the hallway outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office. They blocked the hallway, chanting: "Don't touch Medicaid, save our liberty".

"Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor", wrote the four in a prepared statement.

Hours after a draft of the GOP Senate's new health care bill was released, protesters from across the country began staging sit-ins and die-ins in response to its draconian measures. "Cops were there within a few minutes and started picking people up off the floor that resisted arrest".

Protesters were organized by a group called ADAPT, which identifies itself as a nonprofit for people with disabilities.

Security had to drag protesters away from McConnell's office.

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A police spokeswoman said numerous protesters "removed themselves from their wheelchairs and lay themselves on the floor". They say they will die without Medicaid.

Protesters fear the bill's proposed caps and cuts to Medicaid will reduce home and community based services for elderly and disabled people.

According to Axios, McConnell has indicated that he intends to vote on the repeal and replacement of the Obamacare bill before the July 4 recess so that Congress can proceed to focus on other critical issues like tax reform and the budget when they return. Several protesters were forcibly removed from their wheelchairs.

Police arrested 43 protesters and took them to USCP headquarters for processing. "Many of the people with disabilities were forcible removed".

In one video, a protester can be heard yelling, "My child is going to die and my family is going to die, and they don't give a damn about it".

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