"Members that were able bodied or had the ability to get out of their wheelchairs laid on the floor and acted out a "die-in" and chanted 'Don't cut Medicaid, save our liberty, '" said Halvorson over text while she was held at Capitol Police headquarters.
Just prior to the protest, Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law.
The protesters staged a sit-in, which they called a "die-in", and chanted "No cuts to Medicaid!".
"The way this bill cuts health care is heartless", Schumer said on the Senate floor. The Senators have a couple of days to decide whether to support or vote against the bill with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pressing ahead for a vote next week. "Our lives and liberty shouldn't be stolen to give a tax break to the wealthy". Capitol Police arrested 43 demonstrators after officers warned them they could not block the hallway, said police spokeswoman Eva Malecki. Disabled patients who rely on Medicaid for their essential and life-saving care hoped that they might find some compassion and mercy from the Republicans intent on gutting their health care.
Those arrested as part of the demonstration have been charged with crowding, obstructing, or incommoding. "I was on the ground in the office and then they put me in my wheelchair and then [I was] taken out of it and they carried me out", she said. The Republicans' bill would limit federal funds going toward Medicaid starting in 2020.
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McConnell's office referred to Capitol Police for comment.