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Live: Arrests of Trumpcare Protesters, Some in Wheelchairs, Outside McConnell's Office

Live: Arrests of Trumpcare Protesters, Some in Wheelchairs, Outside McConnell's Office

Common Dreams staff

Soon after a draft version of the Republican's Senate version of their Trumpcare care bill was released Thursday morning, Capitol Hill Police were systematically arresting people who staged a dramatic sit-in outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office.

Security is quite literally dragging people away from outside McConnell's office pic.twitter.com/70uJ4P88rS


Capital Security in action – Our First Amendment being stamped out, live on T-V and here on CD for your viewing pleasure . . .

Dictatorship 1, Constitution 0.


We should make McConnell’s life a living hell every day. A horrible, immoral, vacuous person and he’ll push this monstrosity though in outright authoritarian fashion. What he is doing will result in people dying, and he shouldn’t be able to get away with it without making every step he takes uncomfortable. Rat bastard.


“Trumpcare” is an oxymoron.
What is wrong with us?


We can’t allow republicans to “burn down the house” by ripping apart healthcare. Call your Senators at (855) 971-1922. If they are republicans, demand that they vote NO on this bill. If they are democrats demand they slow down and withhold consent on Senate business to draw public attention to this atrocious bill.


Republican “healthcare” in action. Militarize police, remove public protest from ‘rights and freedoms’, and engage privatization of “public” servants. ALL THIRTEEN of McConnell’s ‘selectees’ authoring this tax avoidance-health insurance guarantee act are beneficiaries of the Supreme Court’s CITIZENS-DISINFRANCHISED decision. Money `talks … and whispers ‘sweet nothings’.


What do you call a person who knowingly and willingly commits an act that results in the death of another human? I know what I call it—murder! This bill is pure evil. From now on, I am going to use these terms when referring to the AHCA and those who promote and vote for it.


When it affects a large defined group I think the term is genocide, euthanasia also comes to mind too.

If you haven’t already called your senators please to so now and object. A big shout out of support for those people that won’t be ignored and put themselves to the heart of the matter. Thank you!


Pitchforks Anyone ?


Add to that, total, Gandhian non cooperation.


I call the AHCA what it is: The Death Act. There is not a bit of “care” in the executioner’s writ.


It took tremendous effort and planning for these brave members of ADAPT to accomplish their protest. I applaud them for their strength of purpose, courage, and exceptional character! BRAVO!

As for the thugs (Capitol cops) that man-handled and abused them, you are loathsome and inhumane.


I’m glad folks are helping McConnell feel some heat. Guy deserves it.

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YES! Excellent post…thank you.


As stated in the other article, McConnell will now accept input from CORPORATE lobbyists.


Uh, the Democratic Party enacted the largest expansion of public support for healthcare since 1966. They expanded Medicaid and created publicly funded premium supports for the purchase of private health insurance, insurance that they federally guaranteed and increased regulation over. This was done by raising taxes on the rich too.

Now, that may not be what you wanted, but it is certainly far from dismantling Medicaid and wrecking premium supports that benefit millions just to massively cut taxes for the wealthy. Let the MSM push both-sides-do-itism, that’s one of the reasons we are where we are right now.


Make mine a Rocket Launcher!


Yes, and the Democrats helped the Insurance Industry to make Billions when they knew this was unsustainable, rather than pushing legislation for a Medicare for All system which this country needs and could save $700 Billion a year to boot.

The Democratic Party Establishment will never willingly be a party the masses can trust ever again.

Liars the lot of them.


Jack, Never again vote for a Democrat or Republican for any State or National office.

Seek Greener pastures my friend.

#People, Planet, and Peace over Profit!


Really, people would do well to just figure it out—this is a logical continuation of Reagan’s thought pattern which first he tried to ream down in California with mixed results. Then, he did better at convincing the backward sectors of the United States while president that so many of their problems were due to government. Remember, the whore that he was, doing anti-socialized LP’s back in the late 50’s. “The evils of socialized medicine.”
Now the majority of physicians would probably find him to be nuts. Nevertheless, ingrained in the collective conscious of millions of Americans is a thought they’d usually rather not share: Deep inside, they don’t mind seeing the weak, disabled, and disenfranchised die off. Especially if they are not white. They ruin their sick fantasy that imagines the United States as a ride at Disney, neat and clean, and always pretty. What they don’t seem to realize is the true horror and ugliness is inside of them and no amount of cosmetic treatments (huge houses, SUV’s, etc.) will make it go away. The U.S. is still psychologically a very sick place. And Reagan gave it license to be so.