Protesters gather in front of Mitch McConnell's office for 'die

Faith Castro
June 25, 2017

Capitol police were filmed removing protestors, some straight from their wheelchairs, in an effort to break up the demonstration.

On the day that GOP senators released their version of legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, protesters staged Thursday a sit-in in front of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office.

The long-term services under Medicaid that people with disabilities depend on are generally not available through private insurance.

Dozens of members of national disability rights organization ADAPT gathered outside the Senate Majority Leader's offices on Capitol Hill to oppose the new Republican health care legislation proposal. Empty wheelchairs remained in the hall after the arrests, the video shows. Those who didn't comply with the officers' warnings were arrested and charged with crowding and obstructing, even if that meant being pulled from their wheelchairs and carried out against their will.

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The protesters were demonstrating against what they believe to be cruel cuts to health care that could put lives in danger.

- Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) June 22, 2017Q: Are you being arrested? Ted CruzTed CruzTrump called Cruz to press him on ObamaCare repeal bill: report USA gas exports not the elixir to European energy security Trump tells Democrats they need "courage" to fix ObamaCare MORE (R-Texas) on Thursday to speak with him about changes he'd like to see in the bill.

- Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) June 22, 2017Sickening. In a statement, they said about 60 protesters gathered for a "die-in" to fight back on the health care bill, which will drastically cut back federal support of Medicaid. "Our lives and liberty shouldn't be stolen to give a tax break to the wealthy".

The proposed caps and cuts to Medicaid contained in the Republican bill, said ADAPT organizer Bruce Darling, would "greatly reduce access to medical care and home and community-based service for elderly and disabled Americans who will either die or be forced into institutions".

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