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Police Forcibly Remove Health Care Bill Protesters Outside Mitch McConnell's Office

25 June 2017

After weeks of secret discussions, Senate Republicans unveiled their plan to overhaul the nation's health care system on Thursday and it calls for severe cuts to Medicaid much like the version passed by the House of Representatives in May. "Our lives and liberty shouldn't be stolen to give a tax break to the wealthy".

Protesters angry over cuts to Medicaid in the Senate Republicans' health care bill filled a hallway outside of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office Thursday.

ADAPT, a nonprofit group that advocates for people with disabilities, organized the "die-in" protest, bringing dozens to the Russell Senate Office.

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As the ACLU put it, "We can't believe this needs to be said, but it's not okay to drag people out of wheelchairs when they're protesting legislation".

Some were physically removed by the Capitol Police. 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.

"Many of the demonstrators, as part of their protest activities, removed themselves from their wheelchairs and lay themselves on the floor, obstructing passage through the hallway and into nearby offices", the police statement read.

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U.S. Capitol Police remove a protester from in front of the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

For people with disabilities, Medicaid pays for everything from traditional health services like doctor and hospital visits to personal care attendants, employment and behavior supports, assistive technology and other offerings that allow individuals to live in the community.

The Senate bill would, beginning in 2020, phase out over four years extra money that Obamacare offered to states that expanded Medicare coverage for low-income people, The Associated Press reported.

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- Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) June 22, 2017People with disabilities protesting Medicaid cuts.

Police Forcibly Remove Health Care Bill Protesters Outside Mitch McConnell's Office