The police said that some of the demonstrators got out of their wheelchairs and lay on the floor, which made it hard for others to get past them in the hallway so they could go to their offices.
ADAPT, the national disability rights group behind the protest said the Senate's bill is a direct threat to the future of people with pre-existing conditions and disabilities. But McConnell was not in his office; he was on the Senate floor, introducing the legislation. A total of 43 people were arrested, according to Capitol Police. 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".
The arrestees were charged with D.C. Code §22-1307, Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding.
The disability rights activists, some of whom were in wheelchairs, were there to voice their opposition to health care legislation that would make deep cuts to Medicaid. The bill was met with backlash from Democrats for limiting funding for opioid abuse treatment centers, defunding Planned Parenthood for one year, and stopping the expansion of Medicaid.More news: US lawmakers urge Trump to press India's Modi on trade, investment
The measure encountered immediate trouble as four GOP senators said they opposed it but were open to negotiations.
One protester reportedly said, "The government wants to kill me", as she was removed from the area..
The bill would also end the Affordable Care Act's (Obamacare) mandate that most Americans have health insurance.
- Mariam Khan (@MKhan47)Capitol police are dragging people away from Mcconnell's office.