U.S. Capitol Police carried and dragged disabled protesters from a hallway outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Washington D.C. office on June 22 (video below).
ADAPT, an organization that advocates for disabled people, organized the demonstration, according to TIME.
The protesters organized to oppose the Senate version of the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare, because it has deep cuts to Medicaid.
The protesters chanted, "No cuts to Medicaid, save our liberties!"
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According to Capitol Police, 43 protesters were arrested for refusing to end the protest.
ABC News reporter Mariam Khan tweeted pictures of the police removing the protesters on June 22 with the caption: "Blood on the floor outside of Leader Mcconnell's office as protestors are physically being removed."
Jordan Uhl, editor of The Opposition, tweeted: "Capitol Police arresting protesters who rely on wheelchairs. They dropped one."
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CNBC's Steve Kopack tweeted a video of police removing a protester and noted: "Security is quite literally dragging people away from outside McConnell's office."
Bruce Darling, one of the ADAPT protesters, warned about the Senate plan in a June 22 press release:
The American Health Care Act caps and significantly cuts Medicaid which will greatly reduce access to medical care and home and community based services for elderly and disabled Americans who will either die or be forced into institutions. Our lives and liberty shouldn’t be stolen to give a tax break to the wealthy. That’s truly un-American.
Also in the release, Dawn Russell, an ADAPT organizer from Colorado, said nursing facilities would be affected:
Not only will AHCA take away our freedom. That lost freedom will also cost Americans much more money. The nursing facilities that people will be forced into are much more expensive than community-based services that AHCA would cut.
Mike Oxford, an ADAPT organizer from Kansas, bluntly stated that people would die if the AHCA is passed:
To say people will die under this law is not an exaggeration. Home and community based services are what allow us to do our jobs, live our lives and raise our families. Without these services many disabled and elderly Americans will die. We won’t let that happen.
Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah were not ready to vote for it, TIME notes. The conservative senators released a joint statement:
There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a moderate, told MSNBC what she would not support, reports Mediaite.
“I can’t support a bill that will greatly increase premiums for our older Americans,” she said. “I cannot support a bill that is going to result in tens of millions of people losing their health insurance.”
Sources: Mariam Khan/Twitter, Jordan Uhl/Twitter, Steve Kopack/Twitter, TIME (2), ADAPT, Mediaite / Photo Credit: Bob Bennett via Occupy Reno Media Committee/Flickr, Vice President Pence/Wikimedia Commons, Fibonacci Blue/Flickr