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 GrahamOvernight Health Care: Watchdog finds Tom Price improperly used funds on flights | Ex-Novartis CEO sent drug pricing proposal to Cohen | HHS staffers depart after controversial social media posts HHS staffers depart after controversial social media posts: report Senate takes symbolic shot at Trump tariffs MORE (S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Lawmakers pitch dueling plans for paid family leave New push to break deadlock on paid family leave MORE (La.). It comes just days before a potential vote. 

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenDems launch pressure campaign over migrant families Senators urge DOJ to probe whether Russians posed as Islamic extremist hackers to harass US military families Dems say new emails show Cohen ‘selling access’ to White House MORE (Ore.), the top Democrat on the Finance Committee, delivered pizza to those waiting in line. Other Democrats, including Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerRussians' indictment casts shadow ahead of Trump-Putin summit Top Senate Dem: Trump administration's lack of focus on election security an 'embarrassment' Dem senator: We need other Americans in the room with Trump, Putin MORE (Va.) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHarley stunner spikes tension with Trump over trade policy Races to watch in Tuesday’s primaries Democrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor 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 PaulRand Paul ‘concerned’ about Kavanaugh Rand Paul on Russia indictments: We should focus on protecting elections instead of 'witch hunt on the president' Sunday shows preview: Trump readies for meeting with Putin MORE (Ky.) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRand Paul ‘concerned’ about Kavanaugh Senate Dems tell Trump: Don't meet with Putin one-on-one McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 MORE (Ariz.) already announcing opposition to it, and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 Overnight Health Care: Watchdog finds Tom Price improperly used funds on flights | Ex-Novartis CEO sent drug pricing proposal to Cohen | HHS staffers depart after controversial social media posts 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.