Protesters Hold 'Die In' At McConnell's Office

Protesters gathered outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Washington, D.C. office to oppose the Senate healthcare bill Thursday and were removed by capitol police for blocking the hallways.

MSNBC captured footage of officers picking up and removing two protesters from the hallway as others chanted behind them.

Sen. Chuck Schumer spoke out against the newly released Senate Republican health care bill on Thursday, calling the proposed legislation "heartless" and a "wolf in sheep's clothing".

The protesters staged a sit-in, which they called a "die-in", and chanted "No cuts to Medicaid!".

The attempted "die-in" in opposition to the legislation was organized by ADAPT, a national advocacy group for those with disabilities.

"These cuts are blood money", Warren said on the Senate floor. According to ADAPT, the new health care bill would threaten people with pre-existing conditions and disabilities.

More specifically, Warren added that "Senate Republicans are paying for tax cuts for the wealthy with American lives". Capitol police made about 43 arrests and were seen dragging uncooperative protestors out of the building.

The 15 men and 28 women are charged with crowding, obstructing and incommoding, Malecki said.

A group of disabled protesters have been dragged out of their wheelchairs after gathering at the office of Senate to protest against the Republican's health care reform bill.

Olson said the move shifts more risk to states and may prompt them to rethink who is eligible to receive care under Medicaid, putting coverage for low-income and elderly Wisconsinites at risk.

This post has been updated with arrest figures and comment from Capitol Police.

The bill also gets rid of the individual mandate and its taxes but retains many of Obamacare's tax credits.

  • Leroy Wright