Police Forcibly Removed Wheelchair-Ridden Protesters From Senate

Police on Capitol Hill forcibly removed demonstrators and disability advocates who were holding a Senate protest on Thursday (June 22).

According to TIME, the demonstrators were opposed to the Senate’s proposed health care bill, so they protested out Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office.

Capitol Police reportedly arrested 43 protesters for refusing to end the demonstration — some of whom were in wheelchairs.

Organized by a disability rights organization called ADAPT, the group were protesting the bill’s cuts to Medicaid for low-income Americans. “No cuts to Medicaid, save our liberties,” the protesters chanted.

McConnell’s proposed bill aims t0 dismantle former President Barack Obama’s health care law. It carries cuts to Medicaid, while defunding Planned Parenthood and scale back tax credits for middle-income Americans who purchase their own health insurance.

So far, there hasn’t been a vote on the bill. However, a version of the bill passed by the House last month would cause 23 million Americans to lose coverage by 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office.