VIDEO: Protesters in wheelchairs removed from health care hearing


Cops busted scores of protesters jeering the GOP’s health care bill on Tuesday, including a boisterous bunch in wheelchairs that interrupted a Senate hearing hollering, “No cuts to Medicaid! Save our liberty!”


The raucous protests forced Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch to briefly end the hearing — just minutes after it began.


“If you want a hearing you better shut up,” Hatch retorted.

A U.S. Capitol police officer drags a protester out of a demonstration by their wheelchair Tuesday. 

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The protesters ignored Hatch and continued their demonstration. At one point, the co-sponsor of the health care legislation, Sen. Bill Cassidy could be seen face-palming while waiting for the protest to end.

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Police rounded up 15 of those demonstrators, charging the group with disruption of congress.

Protestors, some in wheelchairs, were forcibly removed by police as they stood against the Graham-Cassidy Proposal on reforming health care at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 25, 2017.

Protestors removed from hearing on health care in Washington, D.C.


Officers then cracked down on another protest bubbling up outside the hearing room, arresting 143 more who refused to stop the demonstration.


That group faces charges of obstructing, while about two dozen of that number face additional charges of resisting arrest.

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy sits at the witness table during a Senate Finance Committee hearing.

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy sits at the witness table during a Senate Finance Committee hearing.

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Police carried and dragged the protesters — some by their wheelchair handles — from the hearing room one by one. One man, who is blind and gripping his cane, was dragged by his arms. For those who slipped out of their wheelchairs, police said officers had to “reunite demonstrators with their mobility devices.”

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Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said officers arrested a total of 181 protesters.


Hatch started up the hearing again shortly after the protesters were removed.


The hearing comes as Senate Republicans tried but failed to pass legislation to repeal and replace “Obamacare.”


With News Wire Services 

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