Protesters in wheelchairs removed by police after disrupting health bill hearing

Protesters in wheelchairs were removed from a hearing on the Republican health care bill Monday afternoon after disrupting the session with chants of “No cuts to Medicaid! Save our liberty!”

The disruption prompted Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to adjourn the session until the protesters could be cleared out.

“If you want a hearing — if you want a hearing, you better shut up,” Hatch said.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesCapitol Police drag a blind protester out of a Senate Finance Committee hearing about the proposed Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Sept. 25, 2017, in Washington.

Capitol Police officers struggled to remove people, with some sliding out of their wheelchairs and onto the floor.

Eva Malecki, a spokesperson for Capitol Police, told ABC News they are still “processing the arrests.”

People from all over the country and all of walks of life lined up as early as 5 a.m. ET, to urge lawmakers to oppose the latest Republican health care bill, known as the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesCapitol Police remove a protester in a wheel chair from a Senate Finance Committee hearing about the proposed Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Sept. 25, 2017, in Washington.

The chambers of Finance Committee is set to consider health care legislation proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

This is the one and only open hearing scheduled on the Graham-Cassidy bill, an unusual process that opponents of the bill, like Sen. John McCain, have objected to.

Susan Walsh/APProtesters lay on the floor as they wait to be arrested by Capitol Police as they attempt to maintain order in the hallways on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 25, 2017.

An army veteran who came all the way from Atlanta called the hearing a “fake” and a “facade,” accusing lawmakers of not listening to real Americans.

Through tears, Pam Willis of Wyoming told ABC News’ Mary Bruce that this is a matter of “life and death.”

J. Scott Applewhite/APCapitol Police maintain order as hundreds of people, many with disabilities, arrive for a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the last-ditch GOP push to overhaul the nation’s health care system, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 25, 2017.

“My daughter’s coming in a wheelchair and it means her life, the insurance. And my daughter in law has cancer, her fourth cancer and it means her life too,” Willis said. “It means a lot.”

Graham and Cassidy will speak in favor of their bill and are expected to discuss the latest revised version of their health care legislation. The newest draft rearranges how changes in federal funding provided to the states for health care would be phased in over time.

Republicans are hoping to push the Graham-Cassidy bill quickly through the Senate as the Sept. 30 deadline that allows them pass health care on a party-line simple majority vote is rapidly nearing.

Susan Walsh/AP PhotoShaylin Sluzalis, sits with her sister Brinnani Sluzalis, both of Williamsport, Pa., as they rally prior to a hearing by the Senate Finance Committee on the Graham-Cassidy health care repeal, in Washington, Sept. 25, 2017.

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