155 protesters arrested defending health care at Republican Senate offices

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 19:  A U.S. Capitol Police officer talks with Nick Holzhum before he is arrested outside the offices of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) while protesting against the Republican health care repeal and replace legislation in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill July 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. Organized by Center for Popular Democracy, Housing Works, National Nurses United and other organizations, dozens of people were arrested for protesting against the GOP attempts to end Obamacare.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senate Republicans are learning that when you try to take health coverage from tens of millions of people, you get some protests. On Wednesday, 155 people were arrested at Republican senators’ offices for seeking to defend health care for all of us:

Police officials said in a statement that officers responded to “demonstration activity” at 45 separate locations in Senate office buildings beginning about 2:15 p.m. Authorities said demonstrators were warned “to cease and desist with their unlawful demonstration activities” before police made arrests, the statement said.

Officials reported that the 155 people had been charged with crowding, obstructing, or incommoding. Five demonstrators also were charged with resisting arrest.

These people are not just fighting for their own health coverage, they’re fighting for everyone who is on Medicaid, who has a pre-existing condition, who might need care including the essential health benefits Republicans want to make optional. Everyone who is on an Obamacare plan or has used any of the services Obamacare made insurance companies include in every plan. We owe them gratitude and our own action.

Time to jam the phone linesRepublicans are still planning a vote to repeal Obamacare, and this time without a replacement. Call your senator at (202) 224-3121 and tell them repealing Obamacare is SICK, MEAN and CRUEL. Then, tell us how it went.

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