Capitol Hill Police break-up group of protesters in wheelchairs

Capitol Hill Police break-up group of protesters in wheelchairs

Capitol Hill Police break-up group of protesters in wheelchairs

Democrats have vowed to fight the bill, and Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy described it as "a monstrosity". Capitol police did not immediately return WTOP's inquiries about which groups the protesters represented.

"Sixty people in wheelchairs are pretty noticeable", he said.

The senators added there are provisions that are an improvement to the current health care system.

A crafty vote-counter and political strategist like McConnell would look at the landscape, see his troops as hopelessly divided and figure a way to get out of town and onto other issues that are much more popular with both conservatives and moderates in his party.

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CNBC's Steve Kopack‏ tweeted a video of police removing a protester and noted: "Security is quite literally dragging people away from outside McConnell's office".

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

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McConnell unveiled the bill the same day.

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He fears that changes to the program 'would possibly mean putting him in a nursing home'.

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".

Alison Barkoff - director of advocacy for the Center for Public Representation - helped organize the protest. It would also limit, beginning in 2020, the federal funds that states get each year for Medicaid.

Numerous protesters were with the group ADAPT, which identifies itself as a nonprofit for people with disabilities. "Our lives and liberty shouldn't be stolen to give a tax break to the wealthy".

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