September 12th, 2009
09:18 AM ET
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Health care reform critics converge on Capitol

Health care reform critics converge on Capitol Saturday.

Health care reform critics converge on Capitol Saturday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Members of Congress may have been grateful to leave the raucous town halls of August behind last week, when their summer recess ended. The break was a short one.

Busloads of those town hall critics have been heading for the Hill all week ahead of a major Saturday showdown.

Starting Thursday, the day after President Obama delivered his address on health care reform to a joint session of Congress, opponents of his proposal made a major lobbying push, the kickoff of the annual three-day March on Washington organized by FreedomWorks.

Hundreds of them gathered Thursday at the D.C. Armory to officially prepare for face-to-face meetings with members of Congress.

Some sported tea bags, the symbol of the Tea Party movement, pinned to their hats. Others wore T-shirts advertising FreedomWorks, the controversial conservative group that has found itself at the center of some of the summer's fiercest town hall battles.

Many expressed delight at South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst during the president's Wednesday address.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. rob

    The point is this. If the insurance companies had any interest in serving the people and the people they represent we would not be having this conversation today tomorrow or ever. But we are having this conversation. The constitution states to take care of the general welfare of the people. I think the flea baggers only know we the people. This is not free healthcare it is affordable healthcare and in some cases subsidized.

    September 12, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. sarah in virginia

    I am definitely there in spirit today! I am PROUD to be an American on this wonderful day!

    September 12, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    @Rob: somehow, people are overlooking the fact that the public option is not free. It is comprised of about a 25-40% reduction in annual fees. The mere fact that they're fighting gainst it should let us know they have no idea. They're are definitely protesting something else.

    September 12, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. no obamacare

    I wonder if or somebody will give out the names of those obamacrats who are willing to go against the will of the people and blindly vote for this piece of crap?

    September 12, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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