Journalist arrested for asking US health secretary Tom Price about domestic abuse

Journalist arrested for trying to question Health Secretary Tom PriceTwitter/Valerie Woody/West Virginia Citizen Action Group

A journalist was reportedly arrested for trying to interview the US health secretary Tom Price about how Trumpcare would affect women's rights, at a meeting in West Virginia's Capitol.

Public News Service reporter Dan Heyman said he was arrested on Tuesday for asking Price and White House special counsel Kellyanne Conway if domestic violence would be classed as a pre-existing condition under the Affordable Health Care for America Act.

Under Trumpcare, insurance companies will once again be allowed to use "pre-existing conditions" as a reason to deny people coverage.

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The healthcare bill will allow firms to charge higher fees for some women, including domestic violence victims and rape survivors.

The incident was captured on camera and posted to Twitter by WV Citizen Action. It shows Heyman being escorted away by Capitol police for questioning after being arrested.

Heyman was released on bond later that evening and gave a news conference with the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia.

"I was holding my phone out and trying to get as close to Secretary Price as possible for obvious reasons, and that was all there was to it. I was yelling out questions about pre-existing conditions under Trumpcare," he said.

Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter Jake Zuckerman published the criminal complaint filed against Heyman on Twitter.

Police charged Heyman with willful disruption of governmental processes and allege that the reporter was "aggressively breaching the Secret Service agents" and was "causing a disturbance by yelling questions."

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