Protests erupted around the Capitol complex as Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a draft of their legislation to revamp the government's role in the nation's health care system. Demonstrators with disabilities, including many in wheelchairs, jammed the hall outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office until removed by police. At least 15 people were arrested.
The #HealthcareBill, written largely in secret, includes big reductions to Medicaid, defunds Planned Parenthood, eliminates the #Obamacare mandate requiring individuals buy insurance, and slashes taxes on the wealthy.
The details of the bill had been tightly held by Republican leaders as McConnell wrote legislation that aims to appeal to his most conservative members and the moderates in his 52-member conference.