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Police forcibly removed protesters from a health care hearing on Capitol Hill

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Police dragged several protesters out of a committee hearing room on Capitol Hill Monday as Senators met to hold the one and only public hearing on the GOP's latest bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Republicans could hold a vote this week on the bill, co-sponsored by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (La.). The bill would repeal Obamacare's individual and employer mandates, defund Planned Parenthood for a year, and create a block grant program to allow states to set up their own health care systems.

Hundreds of activists and protesters showed up at the Senate Finance Committee Hearing on the bill and Capitol Police forcibly removed dozens from the room.

The bill is the last chance Republicans have to repeal and replace Obamacare under rules of reconciliation, which allows for the passage of legislation by a simple majority vote. Republicans have until Sep. 30 to pass the bill. It's unclear whether the bill has enough support from GOP senators to pass, but it could be brought to the floor for a vote in the coming days.

Police removed protesters from hallways throughout the Capitol complex on Monday as hundreds of activists organized sit-ins and other demonstrations outside the offices of key senate republicans.

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