Police drag health bill protesters from McConnell's office

Capitol Police removed protesters, many of whom are disabled and use wheelchairs, from outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office after text of the GOP Senate health care bill was released Thursday.

Around 60 protesters showed up to the protest holding signs bearing anti-AHCA slogans and chanted "Don't Touch Medicaid".

The protesters, some of whom were in wheelchairs, were there to voice their opposition to health care legislation that would make deep cuts to Medicaid.

The statement also stated the group's protest falls on the 18th anniversary of Olmstead v. LC - the 1999 Supreme Court Ruling that first recognized disabled people's right to live in communities rather than institutions.

U.S. Capitol Police remove protesters from in front of the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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

There were reportedly more than 40 people arrested at the protest.

Tense situation outside McConnell's Russell office as protesters gather.

The protesters, from disability rights organisation ADAPT, had staged a "die-in" outside Mr McConnell's office to protest the legislation, which would mean cuts to the Medicaid services. They say they will die without Medicaid. "Most people are opposed to this bill, yet it is still moving along". Officers physically carried them outside- One by one.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Capitol Police said they were still processing the arrests.

One of the protesters who was arrested, Mike Oxford, told CNN that the police acted professionally and used accessible paddy wagons with wheelchair lifts to transport the protesters with mobility disabilities.

  • Leroy Wright