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People protesting outside Mitch McConnell's office, some in wheelchairs, removed by police

People protesting outside Mitch McConnell's office, some in wheelchairs, removed by police Thursday, June 22, 2017. (Sinclair Broadcast Group/CNN Newsource)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - People upset about the Senate's proposed health plan protested outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office Thursday afternoon, prompting Capitol Police to escort them out of the building.

Dozens were arrested.

Authorities were seen on tape dragging some of the protesters - who were in wheelchairs - out of the hallway.

Shouts of "no cuts to Medicaid!" were heard from the crowd as police cleared a path.

"Save our liberty!"

Some held signs objecting to the new bill, stating "Capping Medicaid = Death 4 disabled."

Some of the protesters were escorted individually. Others are much more reluctant to leave and it's taking four or five officers to carry them out.

One protester said he's with the disability rights group ADAPT. Phillip Corona said he traveled from Wisconsin to make his voice heard. Corona said Medicaid helps his son Anthony get out of bed every morning. Phillip Corona fears that changes to the program "would possibly mean putting him in a nursing home."

Alison Barkoff — director of advocacy for the Center for Public Representation — helped organize the protest. She says the protesters rely on Medicaid to help them live and she says the health bill amounts to "tax cuts for the wealthy on the backs of people with disabilities."

Click here to read more about the GOP's proposed bill to reform healthcare.




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