Senators take to Facebook live to address Senate health care bill

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WASHINGTON (WTHR) - After the Congressional Budget Office estimated 22 million people would be uninsured by 2026 under the Senate Republican health care bill, some democratic lawmakers took to the Capitol steps to protest it.

Ben Wikler, a director for Move On, a digitally-based advocacy group, witnessed the protest. He detailed his experience in a thread of tweets.

The protest began with just Sen. Cory Booker and U.S. Rep. John Lewis talking live on Facebook, discussing what the Senate health care bill means for all Americans.



Before he knew it, a crowd was gathering around five senators, asking questions and telling stories about their experiences with health care.

Joining Booker were Sens. Jeff Merkley, Chris Murphy, Kirsten Gillibrand and Brian Schatz. They took turns passing the phone around and listening to constituents' concerns. Others, including Sens. Bob Casey and Chuck Schumer, and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin also joined the cause.



In the end, a crowd of what appeared to be hundreds of people surrounded the lawmakers, joining their protest.


According to Wikler, there had been plans for a people's filibuster, protesting at the Capitol for three days straight, beginning Tuesday at 2 p.m. It appears that happened a few hours early. There is also reportedly a human chain protest being planned for Wednesday.

To follow the protest from Wikler's point of view , click here. To see the entire Facebook live session, watch below or visit Booker's Facebook page.

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