Twenty people from Rochester joined protesters taking a stand against the proposed health care bill were arrested during protests on Capitol Hill opposing a proposed health care bill on Monday. The group was organized by the Center for Disability Rights.
Twenty people from Rochester were arrested during protests on Capitol Hill opposing a proposed health care bill on Monday.
Activists tell our news partner, News10NBC, a group of about 40 people from Rochester, organized by the Center for Disability Rights, joined protesters taking a stand against the proposed health care bill.
During a Senate meeting on Monday, protesters chanted from the gallery as discussion for the bill began. "No cuts to Medicaid! Save our liberty!" protesters shouted.
Speaking with our news partner after being arrested, Rochester activist Jensen Caraballo told us it took him a long time to become independent and Medicaid made it possible.
“I could die without the medicine that I need to be able to take and Medicaid helps me out with things I require in my life,” said Caraballo.
In total, Caraballo says 117 protesters were arrested Monday. Activists from Rochester were also arrested during another protest earlier this year outside of Mitch McConnell's office.
Late Monday, Senator Susan Collins announced she would not support the new health care bill – meaning it is short of the votes needed for passage.