Protesters disrupt Senate health care hearing

May 5, 2009 11:05:10 AM PDT
Protesters pushing for a government-run health system have been thrown out of a Senate hearing room after disrupting the meeting. It happened at the start of a Senate Finance Committee session on overhauling the health care system to cover some 50 million uninsured Americans.

Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., has said that a so-called single-payer system - one that's run by the government - is not on the table. Many liberals favor that approach but Baucus and others say it's not practical or politically feasible.

Single-payer supporters repeatedly interrupted as Baucus tried to convene Tuesday's hearing.

When one protester shouted "we want a seat at the table," Baucus responded, "We want police."

Capitol Police removed eight people.

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