Health bill test of McConnell's leadership skills


Officials said 43 arrest were made after protesters packed the Russell Senate Office building for a "die-in" in response to Senate GOP members releasing their long-awaited bill to dismantle much of "Obamacare".

These patients would be especially harmed by the bill that includes deep cuts to Medicaid.

According to the United States Capitol Police, the group was "obstructing passage through the hallway and into nearby offices".

Blood on the floor outside of Leader Mcconnell's office as protestors are physically being removed.

"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", Bruce Darling, an ADAPT organizer taking part in the protest, said in a statement. "Our lives and liberty shouldn't be stolen to give a tax break to the wealthy".

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Tweets from the scene show Capitol Police officers blocking the hallway outside McConnell's office, as protesters gathered to protest the new healthcare bill. The Republicans' bill would limit federal funds going toward Medicaid starting in 2020.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Capitol Police said they were still processing the arrests. Several protesters were forcibly removed from their wheelchairs.

The new bill would take away several health care benefits and remove the requirement for most Americans to have health insurance. Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson and Ted Cruz have said that they are "not ready to vote for this bill" as it does not "repeal Obamacare", one of President Trump's key election promises.

Million of Americans rely on Medicaid, including 30 percent of adults with disabilities and 60 percent of children with disabilities.