As Congressional Republicans tried once again to repeal the Affordable Care Act, protesters who would be the most harmed gathered outside the capitol to tell their personal stories.


"They were young people, people in wheelchairs, parents with their kids, and seniors," Emma Roller reported from the scene for Splinter. "They joined the hundreds of Americans who put their own bodies on the line over the past weeks to stop Congress from repealing the Affordable Care Act, decimating Medicaid and defunding Planned Parenthood."

“You’ve forgotten what it’s like to be a human being,” Steve Stewart told the Republican politicians voting to take health insurance from tens of millions of Americans.

“They don’t know what it’s like to go to the bank and hit ‘balance.’ They just hit ‘withdraw,’” he continued.

Splinter interviewed Erin Mosley, who cofounded "Little Lobbyists" with Elena Hung to draw attention to children with complex medical conditions. Mosley's daughter Allison had a pre-existing condition that was discovered during a 20-week ultrasound and Hung's daughter Xiomara spent 169 days in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“She deserves better than this. She had a pre-existing condition before she was even born. She would have hit a lifetime cap, if our health insurance had one, before she left the NICU. She will require expensive medical treatments her whole life,” Mosley said. “This is everything.”

"Over the past month, groups like Little Lobbyists and ADAPT made themselves so visible that no one could ignore them. They camped out in lawmakers’ offices across the country, got pushed out of their wheelchairs by police officers, got zip-tied and dragged down hallways," Splinter explained. "And on Thursday night, Congress, and everyone else who was paying attention, saw them."

The protesters were joined by some of the biggest names in the Democratic Party, including senators Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Al Franken, Jeff Merkley, Amy Klobuchar, Chris Murphy, Debbie Stabenow, Bob Casey and Tammy Duckworth.