Capitol police arrest protesters, some in wheelchairs, outside McConnell's office

Capitol police arrest protesters, some in wheelchairs, outside McConnell's office

Medicaid is the country's largest government health care program, covering more Americans than its better-known sibling, Medicare.

While it may be politically convenient to describe the Medicaid program's challenges in talk-show abstractions, for every Medicaid client there are also OH health professionals and community hospitals.

The Senate on Thursday morning released its version of the controversial bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act that was drafted in secret.

McConnell released the bill Thursday after weeks of closed-door meetings searching for middle ground between conservative senators seeking an aggressive repeal of Obama's statute and centrists warning about going too far. "I will oppose it coming to the floor in its current form, but I remain open to negotiations", Paul said.

ABC News reporter Mariam Khan tweeted pictures of the police removing the protesters with a caption: "Blood on the floor outside of Leader Mcconnell's office as protestors are physically being removed".

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

The protesters yelled "no cuts to Medicaid" as they were led away.

According to the Washington Post, the sit-in action was organized by an advocacy organization for people with disabilities called ADAPT. Phillip Corona said he travelled from Wisconsin to make his voice heard.

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"More than 10 million people with disabilities rely on Medicaid to live and work in their communities", he said.

Tucked inside the Republican bill to replace Obamacare is a plan to impose a radical diet on a 52-year-old program that insures almost 1 in 5 Americans.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi assails the GOP bill as a tax break for wealthy Americans. Among respondents who supported President Donald Trump, 55 percent approved of the Republican bill, compared with 69 percent in May.

Of course, every member of Congress has their health care paid for by the government.

Kasich today quickly registered his strong opposition to aspects of the McConnell bill - and its secretive, partisan drafting. "That's just what we're going to continue working to bring them". The Senate plans are set up like bronze plans under Obamacare.

Emerging from the session, McConnell did not answer when asked if he has the votes to pass the GOP proposal.

At the same time, public support for House Republicans' health bill declined.

Yet it faces an uncertain fate in the Senate. That doesn't concern Mitch McConnell. However, the Senate bill changes the Obamacare formula for credits, making them less generous. Or about "moderate Republicans" who will vote against it.

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