US Police Arrest 155 People Protesting Trumpcare
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – US police on Wednesday arrested approximately 155 people protesting an effort by Senate Republican leaders to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) proposed by President Donald Trump.
Police in Washington, DC, responded to reports of demonstrations in the Senate office buildings, warning protesters to cease and desist.
Those that did not, Capitol Police said in a statement, were arrested and charged with "Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding."
Four protesters were also charged with resisting arrest, according to Capitol Police, The Hill reported.
Protesters targeted the offices of GOP senators, as Republican leaders in the chamber push for a vote on a measure that would simply repeal ObamaCare.
That measure is unlikely to pass a vote in the Senate. It is unanimously opposed by Democrats, and some Republicans have voiced deep misgivings about repealing the law without immediately replacing it.
A proposal to repeal and immediately replace the ACA was effectively killed on Monday, after key Republicans announced that they would not support the measure.
The Congressional Budget Office released its assessment of the repeal bill on Monday, estimating that it would increase the number of uninsured by some 32 million people by 2026.
That prompted President Trump to call on GOP lawmakers to simply repeal the existing law and pass a replacement plan down at some point in the future.