Capitol Hill Police break-up group of protesters in wheelchairs

Protests in Capitol Corridors as Chuck Schumer and More Tear Into Senate Republican Health Care Bill: 'It's Heartless'

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The incident occurred after about 60 members of ADAPT, a us disability rights organization with fierce objections to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), staged a "die-in" outside of the Kentucky senator's office.

Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul said his office will be releasing a statement later today which could give voters a clue as to how he may vote, but he is said to be a likely "No" vote, calling the bill "Obamacare-lite".

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.

Police reportedly arrested more than 20 protesters, many of whom were in wheelchairs and on respirators.

We're watching police remove people protesting the Republicans' health care bill on Capitol Hill.

They were protesting the Senate's draft of the Obamacare repeal and replacement bill, which McConnell unveiled this morning after weeks of secrecy. ADAPT's D.C. area branch tweeted that officers were picking people up and dropping them, which video footage of the incident appears to corroborate.

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She says the protesters rely on Medicaid to help them live and she says the health bill amounts to "tax cuts for the wealthy on the backs of people with disabilities". She said they were later reunited with their wheelchairs. Republicans aim to circumvent a committee hearing and vote by bringing the bill directly to the floor before July 4.

"It does not keep our promises to the American people". Asked if the legislation could ever attract enough support, she said, "I don't know".

Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said numerous demonstrators removed themselves from their wheelchairs and lay down on the floor, blocking the hallway.

Senate Republicans released their health bill Thursday which razes most of Barack Obama's health care law.

The Congressional Budget Office analysis suggested some ammunition GOP leaders could use, saying the Senate bill would cut federal deficits by $202 billion more over the coming decade than the version the House approved in May.

Around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, disability rights activists staged a planned "die-in" in the Russell Senate Office Building, located a block away from the Capitol.

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