Disability advocates arrested during health care protest at McConnell's office

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The protesters chanted, "No cuts to Medicaid, save our liberty!"

In a statement, Capitol Police say the protesters "removed themselves from their wheelchairs and lay themselves on the floor, obstructing passage through the hallway and into nearby offices". Murkowski (AK) and Collins (ME) said that they would study the bill over the weekend and have a decision by early next week.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says he and three other Republican senators are preparing to announced their opposition to the Senate health care bill as it's written. But they add that the measure fails to accomplish what they have promised to their constituents, "to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs".

"Majority Leader McConnell and the Senate Republicans should not hoodwink the American people into thinking that Obamacare has been repealed by doing it in name only".

In yet another disturbing chapter of the Trump presidency, Capitol Hill police forcibly removed protesters from their wheelchairs who were demonstrating outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office on the day Republicans released their up-until-now secret healthcare plan. "They were literally carried from the space out to a separate area".

Protesters were organized by a group called ADAPT, which identifies itself as a nonprofit for people with disabilities.

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CNBC's Steve Kopackā€ tweeted a video of police removing a protester and noted: "Security is quite literally dragging people away from outside McConnell's office".

He fears that changes to the program 'would possibly mean putting him in a nursing home'.

The protesters oppose the Senate version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), also known as Trumpcare, because it has deep cuts to Medicaid.

Alison Barkoff, protest participant and director of advocacy for the Center for Public Representation, told CNN, "This is a tax cut to the wealthiest Americans on the backs of people with disability". The bill limits Medicaid spending. "Stop this vicious attack on the most vulnerable people in our communities".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi assails the GOP bill as a tax break for wealthy Americans.

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