A U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman says 54 people, many in wheelchairs, were arrested Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda as they protested the health care bill being considered in the House.
Spokeswoman Eva Malecki says the 41 women and 13 men arrested were charged under District of Columbia law that makes it illegal for someone to obstruct passage through a public building and continue to do so after being instructed by police to cease. Eva Malecki, says arrests were made and additional details will be provided later.
Chanting “Rather go to jail than die without Medicaid,” the protesters were led out individually or in pairs by members of the U.S. Capitol Police.
One of the protesters being led out says she is part of ADAPT, an organization that promotes rights for people with disabilities.
One protester is displaying a sign that says “Medicaid = Life 4 Disabled.”
The GOP-led bill would limit future federal financing for Medicaid.