A group of disabled protesters have been dragged out of their wheelchairs after gathering at the office of Senate to protest against the Republican's health care reform bill.
For their pains, they were dragged from their protest site by Capitol police officers.
The protesters are yelling "no cuts to Medicaid" as they are being led away. The nature of the Trumpcare bill calls for a nonviolent but passionate demonstration, as our lives are at risk. "They were literally carried from the space out to a separate area".
ADAPT, a nonprofit group that advocates for people with disabilities, organized the "die-in" protest, bringing dozens to the Russell Senate Office. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said she expected McConnell to discuss revisions at a Tuesday lunch of GOP senators. "It's a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America".
Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said numerous demonstrators removed themselves from their wheelchairs and lay down on the floor, blocking the hallway.
Trump says at the start of a White House event on technology he is hopeful Congress will get something done on health care "with heart".
The Senate bill would, beginning in 2020, phase out over four years extra money that Obamacare offered to states that expanded Medicare coverage for low-income people, The Associated Press reported. "We came to talk to them face-to-face today, and they continue to turn their backs on the disability community", she continued.
"The way this bill cuts health care is heartless", Schumer said on the Senate floor.
But the office said that overall, the Senate legislation would increase out of pocket costs for deductibles and copayments.
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.