AHCA protest ends with arrests, people dragged out in wheelchairs


version of the GOP Health care bill, which was released today.

Shortly after the bill was released this morning, disability activists held a "die-in" in the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It was organized by members of ADAPT, a disability rights group, protesting the bill's cuts to Medicaid.

Protesters were arrested by the dozens and dragged away through the halls of Republican lawmaker's offices, some in wheelchairs.

"This is a dangerous bill that's basically a tax cut for the wealthy on the backs of the poor and working families," said Zach Weinstein, an organizer with the Working Families Party.

The protesters at the airport, meanwhile, hoped to catch some senators as they flew home for the weekend.

"We want to make sure that they can`t escape the message that most of us are opposing this monstrosity of a bill," said Deborah Lewis, a protester.

The draft to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) has significant limits on how much it repeals and replaces. And it's already being criticized by Democratic Senators, and even some Republicans, albeit for different reasons.

"It's every bit as bad as the House bill," said Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer. "In some ways, it's even worse. The president said the Senate bill needed heart. The way this bill cuts health care, it's heartless."

And GOP Sen. Rand said, "I'm very concerned about the content.  To my mind, the most important thing is, we promised to repeal Obamacare.  The current bill looks like we're keeping large parts of Obamacare.  In fact, one of the architects, Jonathan Gruber, has come out saying 'hooray.  It looks like they're not really repealing Obamacare.'"