Protesters gather in front of Mitch McConnell's office for 'die

Numerous protesters removed themselves from their wheelchairs and laid on the floor blocking the hallway, according to U.S. Capitol Police who arrested 43 of the demonstrators citing them with crowding, obstructing or incommoding. But many of them were eventually physically removed from the scene.

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

So, the majority of protesters were either advocates for those with disabilities or those directly impacted by a handicap, according to USA Today.

Roughly 60 protesters staged the "die-in" outside McConnell's office to show what they say will happen to people if health care is gutted.

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

"I'm proud to be one of the people here protesting", she said.

"I'm pleased that we were able to arrive at a draft that incorporates input from so many different Members, who represent so many different constituents, who are facing so many different challenges", McConnell said while presenting the bill on the Senate floor on Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), seems dead set on holding a full vote in the chamber next week on the 142-page Obamacare repeal and replace plan he veiled Thursday, June 22.

The group took particular exception to the proposed cuts to Medicaid.

The protest, organized by the disability advocacy organization ADAPT, was meant to pressure McConnell and other Republicans not to cut Medicaid funding.

The health care bill has to be voted on by the Senate and go back to the House, so it will likely be modified.

The Capitol Police did not return requests for comment. Instead of having their voices heard, they had their free speech stymied and were physically injured.

  • Larry Hoffman