Protesters removed from 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.

The protesters filled a hallway in one of the Senate office buildings, outside the office of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Several dozen protesters were arrested Thursday after they gathered and chanted outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office over the GOP health care bill.

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

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. Unlike the House, he won't be stampeded into bringing the bill back for months' more wrangling.

Many Republican senators are beginning to announce varying levels of opposition to the bill.

The Senate Republican health care bill is a wolf in sheep's clothing.

There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs.

"These are literally people outside who are taking over McConnell's office who are on ventilators and wheelchairs", she said. Democrats were given a gift - if they care to accept it - on Thursday when Republicans helped them turn the page to health care.

Alison Barkoff, the director of advocacy for the Center for Public Representation and an organizer of the protest, echoed the concerns of numerous bill's critics, saying that it represents little more than "tax cuts for the wealthy on the backs of people with disabilities".

South Dakota Sen. John Thune, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, told the Times: "I think everybody wants to get to 'yes'". Ryan had to dump the bill, and it was an effort independent of his office-led by House Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and now former Tuesday Group co-chair Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ)-that got the bill across the finish line.

A plan that gives a huge tax break to the wealthiest Americans while removing coverage for millions, cutting Medicaid and letting insurers jack up rates for older people.

Republicans plan to make their plan public later Thursday.

  • Larry Hoffman