Activists protest the Republican-crafted health care bill that would replace the Affordable Care Act, shortly before being arrested outside the office of Republican Senator Ted Cruz on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.
Activists protest the Republican-crafted health care bill that would replace the Affordable Care Act, shortly before being arrested outside the office of Republican Senator Ted Cruz on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Protesters fight to keep health care

PROTESTS against the Senate Republicans' health care bill have led to Washington DC police arresting 80 people inside the US Capitol Building.

Activists have been visiting elected representatives to oppose the bill, which would make significant cuts to Medicaid and lead to a further 22 million people losing health insurance by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office says.

About 100 protesters arrived on Monday to demonstrate at various politicians' offices, chanting against the bill and telling stories of how changes would affect them.

Chants of "You are killing people! You are systematically killing people!” and "Health care is a human right!” were interspersed with the movement's signature chants, "Hey hey, ho ho, Trumpcare has got to go” and "Kill the bill, don't kill me”.

Police charged any who refused to stop protesting with "crowding, obstructing or incommoding”.

In recent weeks, police have forcibly removed disability advocates from state legislature buildings across the US.



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