McConnell typically uses offices reserved for members of Senate leadership, which are located in the main Senate building.
“Don’t touch Medicaid, save our liberty”, the protesters chanted outside his office.
Protesters were organized by a group called ADAPT, which identifies itself as a nonprofit for people with disabilities.
The legislation McConnell unveiled Thursday included deep cuts to Medicaid, the government program that provides healthcare to poor or disabled Americans.
The protesters rely on Medicaid to help them live and she says the health bill amounts to “tax cuts for the wealthy on the backs of people with disabilities”, Barkoff said.
Online footage of the protest shows Capitol Hill Police lifting protesters from the floor outside McConnell’s office. “Our lives and liberty shouldn’t be stolen to give a tax break to the wealthy”.
RT.com has contacted McConnell’s office for comment. Another tweet from NBC’s Steve Kopack showed a man being carried away by police.
“These are literally people outside who are taking over McConnell’s office who are on ventilators and wheelchairs”, she said.
This could have an especially negative impact on people with disabilities, as Medicaid covers 30 percent of all adults with disabilities.
As protesters gathered to make their voices heard, U.S. Capitol police allegedly warned demonstrators to “cease their unlawful activities” or risk being arrested, The Washington Post reported.
One of the protesters who was arrested, Mike Oxford, told CNN that the police acted professionally and used accessible paddy wagons with wheelchair lifts to transport the protesters with mobility disabilities.
While the dramatic scene unfolded, Democratic senators lead by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) blasted the bill as “heartless” and a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”.