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.
The protest was organized by ADAPT, a national disability rights organization.
"No cuts to Medicaid, save our liberties", the protesters chanted.
The protesters, some of whom were in wheelchairs, were there to voice their opposition to health care legislation that would make deep cuts to Medicaid. The new health care bill, titled the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017", would cut back the expansion of Medicaid, a program that provides health care to millions of low-income Americans. "Our lives and liberty shouldn't be stolen to give a tax break to the wealthy". Another tweet from NBC's Steve Kopack showed a man being carried away by police.
It didn't take long for Capitol Police to show up and attempt to remove the protesters, but they quickly faced barriers. like some of the wheelchairs.
Alison Barkoff, director of advocacy for the Center for Public Representation, also helped organize the protest Thursday, according to the Associated Press. She's being arrested for protesting ACA repeal outside McConnell's office. Many people living with disabilities rely on Medicaid for their basic care and survival.
Some were physically removed by the Capitol Police.
One of the protesters who was arrested, Mike Oxford, told CNN that the police acted professionally and used accessible paddy wagons with wheelchair lifts to transport the protesters with mobility disabilities.