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Graham-Cassidy Health Care Hearing Starts With Eruption Of Protests

The Senate Finance Committee is holding a hearing on Monday on Republicans' last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Supporters of the bill cannot afford to lose any more GOP votes.
U.S. Capitol Police remove a protester from the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the Graham-Cassidy health care plan to repeal Obamacare on Capitol Hill on Monday. Source: Saul Loeb

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., are defending their namesake health care bill this afternoon during an emotional hearing before the Senate Finance Committee.

The hearing was immediately interrupted by protesters chanting, "No cuts to Medicaid. Save our liberty."

Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, suspended the hearing for about 15 minutes while the demonstrators — some in wheelchairs — were dragged from the room.

"If the hearing is going

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