Disability advocates, many in wheelchairs, arrested during protest at McConnell's office

Identifying themselves as Medicaid recipients, the protesters - many of whom were wheelchair-bound - chanted, held signs, and staged a sit-in.

Just prior to the protest, Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law.

Protesters chanted "no cuts to Medicaid" as they gathered outside of McConnell's office.

The protest was organized by ADAPT, a non-profit for people with disabilities, according to NBC Washington.

The US Senate could vote as soon as this coming week on its controversial healthcare reform bill, which cuts taxes for the rich, and reduces benefits for the poor, elderly, and disabled.

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.

Police arrested 43 protesters and took them to USCP headquarters for processing.

Disabled protestors were removed from outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office on Thursday, and images from the protest have become some of the most compelling of the healthcare debate so far.

"It's going to hurt a lot of people and it's going to hurt them to give tax breaks to rich people", O'Donnell said.

Heller is the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition. While people with disabilities account for 15% of Medicaid enrollment, they account for 42% of program spending due to their longer-term, more intensive health needs.

"It's clear that Republicans know that cutting Medicaid will hurt so many people in the middle class, so many in my home state of New York", Schumer continued.

- Mariam Khan (@MKhan47)Capitol police are dragging people away from Mcconnell's office.

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