Protesters fill halls outside ObamaCare repeal hearing

Protesters fill halls outside ObamaCare repeal hearing
© Greg Nash

Protesters filled the halls of a Senate office building Monday, waiting in a long, snaking line to get into a hearing room for the consideration of the GOP ObamaCare repeal bill. 

Some of those in line in the Dirksen Senate Office Building said they arrived at 5 a.m. to get a spot before the 2 p.m. hearing. 

The Senate Finance Committee's hearing on Monday will be the only one on the last-ditch repeal effort from GOP Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTax bill could fuel push for Medicare, Social Security cuts Collins to vote for GOP tax plan Overnight Tech: Lawmakers want answers on Uber breach | Justices divided in patent case | Tech makes plea for net neutrality on Cyber Monday MORE (La.). It comes just days before a potential vote. 

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenDemocratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Lobbying world MORE (Ore.), the top Democrat on the Finance Committee, delivered pizza to those waiting in line. Other Democrats, including Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate panel moves forward with bill to roll back Dodd-Frank Comey back in the spotlight after Flynn makes a deal Warner: Every week another shoe drops in Russia investigation MORE (Va.) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign GOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Schumer downplays shutdown chances over DACA fight MORE (Colo.), high-fived people in line as they walked by. 

The Graham-Cassidy bill hangs by a thread, with Republican Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLexington mayor launches bid for Congress Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics Meet the Iran hawk who could be Trump's next secretary of State MORE (Ky.) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE (Ariz.) already announcing opposition to it, and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids Study: ObamaCare bills backed by Collins would lower premiums Right scrambles GOP budget strategy MORE (R-Maine) saying she leans "no." 

Many of the people in line were from the disability rights group ADAPT, traveling from across the country. A large group was in wheelchairs. 

Some voiced objections to Medicaid cuts in the bill.

"If they cut Medicaid, the first thing they cut is us," said Cassie James, an organizer with ADAPT.