Protesters Formed A 'Human Chain' Around The Capitol To Make Their Voices Heard On Health Care

"It's an organizing, a mobilization that's historic."

Although a vote on the Senate GOP's health care bill was delayed earlier this week, Americans continued to speak out against it on Wednesday, as protesters gathered to form a "human chain" around the U.S. Capitol.

CNN reports that more than a thousand people showed up for the protest, which was part of a three-day "People's Filibuster" organized by more than 19 groups, including Planned Parenthood. Wednesday's event was promoted on Twitter by public figures such as Sen. Kamala Harris.


Video from the protest shows demonstrators holding signs and wearing pink for Planned Parenthood as they marched outside the Capitol chanting, "What do we want? Health care! When do we want it? Now!" Forty-eight members of the House of Representatives also reportedly donned black veils on the Capitol steps to "mourn" cuts to Medicaid.

"It's great. It's absolutely great. It's a drumbeat across America," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said of the protests, according to CNN. "It's an organizing, a mobilization that's historic."

"Yesterday was not a victory, not even close," Sen. Patty Murray said of the vote's delay, according to The Huffington Post. "Yesterday was an opportunity. It's an opportunity keep making your voices heard."

Wednesday's demonstration was just one of many protests against the Senate's bill, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates would result in 22 million more people not having health insurance by 2026. Disability rights activists were arrested for protesting outside of Sen. Mitch McConnell's office last week, and on Tuesday, women dressed in costumes inspired by The Handmaid's Tale protested outside the Capitol to support Planned Parenthood.

(H/T: The Hill)


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