After negotiating in secret for months, Senate Republicans released their health care bill on Thursday. Almost immediately, however, the hall outside Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office was inundated with protestors.
Lawmakers unveiled their bill, dubbed the Better Care Reconciliation Act, on Thursday morning. A group of demonstrators, wielding signs calling for Obamacare and Medicaid to remain in place, gathered in the halls of the Senate to protest the law.
As can be seen on a clip aired on MSNBC, a number of the demonstrators were forcibly and dramatically removed by Senate officials. At one point, a man is carried out of the hall by his arms and legs, as MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle exclaims “oh my goodness.”
“Wow,” co-host Ali Velshi adds.
As many commentators have noted, the bill is not the full-blown repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act Republicans have salivated for since President Barack Obama introduced the law in 2010.
According to a summary on Axios, the new Senate bill would strip back many of the core tenets of Obamacare, including eliminating its mandates and most of its taxes. The law would also limit Medicaid spending and phase out expansion of the program.
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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