95 health care protesters arrested: 'Rather go to jail than die without Medicaid'

Protesters opposing Republican health care legislation storm the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (Sinclair Broadcast Group/Leandra Bernstein)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - As the Senate voted 51-50 Tuesday to debate Republican health care legislation that aims to eviscerate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), 95 protesters opposing the bill were arrested.

A number of demonstrators, hailing from across America, were in town for the National Council on Independent Living's (NCIL) Annual Conference on Independent Living. They swarmed the Hart Senate Office Building, many chanting they would "rather go to jail than die without Medicaid."

An activist from Massachusetts with the Independence Association said, "This health care bill is the worst thing for people with disabilities."

Some associated with the NCIL were among the protesters who invaded the Senate chamber visitors' gallery during proceedings, yelling, "Kill the bill!" and "Shame!"

U.S. Capitol Police said 31 demonstrators who protested in the gallery were charged with disruption of Congress. An additional 64 people were arrested in the Hart atrium and charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding.

Disabled arrestees were carefully escorted out of the Hart Building by Capitol Police.

Last Wednesday, 155 activists were arrested during health care protests outside Senate offices.

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