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Capitol Hill Protests Interrupt GOP Health Care Bill Hearing
Activists filled the hallways as the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing to consider the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal.
U.S. Capitol Police begin detaining protesters in an attempt to maintain order in the hallways outside the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the last-ditch GOP push to overhaul the nation's health care system on Sept. 25, 2017.RELATED: Sen. Susan Collins Deals Potential Lethal Blow to GOP Health Care Bill
Protestors filled the hallways outside the hearing room that snaked around the corner and down the length of a city block. Hundreds of people chanted "shame" as Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. entered the hearing room to testify before the committee. Voluminous protests inside the hearing room delayed the start of the hearing. Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, attempted to gavel in the committee but protesters drowned him out. Police dragged them out, many of whom are disabled and in wheelchairs, out one by one.
ABOVE: Graham waits as protesters are removed.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., second from right, accompanied by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, right, testifies during the hearing.
Graham-Cassidy would end the Medicaid expansion in 2020 and reduce the money given to Medicaid by changing how it's allocated. It would no longer provide it for whoever is in need — instead, it would cap the number based on population.