Anti-TrumpCare Protesters Dragged Away From GOP Senator’s Office (VIDEO)


Just because Senate Republican leadership have, for the time being, postponed the vote on their version of the American Health Care Act, that doesn’t mean that the battle to save the healthcare of millions of Americans is over. The Senate’s version of the AHCA is still going to come up for a vote at some point.

In what’s at least the second incident of its kind in recent days, anti-TrumpCare protesters were forcibly removed from the area outside the D.C. office of Republican Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey’s office on Wednesday.

The protesters, some of whom were apparently disabled, were chanting “Kill the bill! Don’t kill us!” A number of the protesters, according to NBC News reporter Vaughn Hillyard, were arrested.

Hillyard says that, as of early Wednesday afternoon, there were ten protesters outside of Sen. Toomey’s office.

Check out a video of some of these same protesters below.

On the day when the Senate’s version of the AHCA was first revealed to the public, dozens of disability activists — most of whom were disabled themselves — staged what they called a “die-in” outside of the D.C. office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. According to a report from USA Today, 43 people were forcibly removed and arrested from outside Sen. McConnell’s office. Many of those arrested were taken from their wheelchairs before being taken into custody.

The chant that those outside of Sen. Toomey’s office on Wednesday were using wasn’t just talk. If the American Health Care Act passes, untold numbers of people may die preventable deaths due to lack of healthcare. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that over twenty million people will ultimately lose coverage because of the AHCA should it pass. This travesty will be accomplished through cuts to Medicaid and through allowing private insurance companies to charge more — often much more — to people with pre-existing conditions, such as those disability activists who have gathered in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Toomey — who is one of the about a dozen Senators who worked on the healthcare bill — isn’t the only GOP Senator to have faced protests outside his office on Wednesday. At least Senators Rob Portman and Cory Gardner did as well.

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