November 5th, 2009
09:36 PM ET
2 years ago

Tea Party activists hit the Hill, arrested outside Pelosi's office

Tea Party activists hit the Hill, arrested outside Pelosi's office.
Tea Party activists hit the Hill, arrested outside Pelosi's office.

Washington (CNN) - GOP leaders and thousands of Tea Party movement protesters gathered on Capitol Hill Thursday to call House Democrats' health care reform bill a full-blown government takeover of the nation' health care system.

"My colleagues and I last week were wracking our brains trying to figure out what could we do, because quite simply Republicans don't have the votes to kill this bill," Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota told the crowd. "Every lever of power is controlled by one party now in DC. We tried to figure out what we could do. We knew that we were limited. But what we knew was unlimited was the voice of persuasion of the American people, and that's why you are here today with your voice of persuasion.

"....Let me assure you your efforts to stop this bill are being heard loud and clear. And I will guarantee you that we are committed to making sure that not one Republican will vote for this bill."

Actor John Ratzenberger, known partly for his role as Cliff Clavin in the 1980s sitcom "Cheers," slammed the Democratic bill as a form of socialism.

"These are Woodstock Democrats," he said at the rally. "We have to remember where their philosophy comes from. It doesn't come from America. It comes from overseas. It comes from socialism. And socialism is a philosophy of failure."

Police later arrested 12 protesters outside Pelosi's office for unlawful entry or disorderly conduct, according to Capitol Hill police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider.

Democrats have rejected an alternative $60 billion House GOP reform plan as inadequate for meeting the goals of expanding health coverage to most of the nation's 46 million uninsured while bringing down costs and ending controversial industry practices such as denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.


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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Big-K(DC)

    I guess You don't have to be able to read to be a Tea Bagger or republicancy just like Bhoner was reading from the declaration of Independence today and calling it the Constitution of the US. I think Bachmann and this fruit cake from North Carolina are seriously in need of a Mental Competency evauation. These nuts are doing the will of the lobbist and Insurance industry, they could care less about the large number of Americans who are suffering and dying daily due to lack of health insurance. I am fortunate to have Insurance in which my prenumims increases annually un check with no explanation, either you pay or be without, unlike these knuckle heads, I understand what the uninsured are going through I am suffering and I can afford to pay for health insurance.

    November 5, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    A MAJORITY of Americans are in favor of a Public Option.
    The AMA has signed on to the bill as written.
    AARP is on board.

    Who's left out? Big Insurance, Big Pharma and their supplicants.

    November 5, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. gt

    c-span had boxer and the other senators at the hearingyesterday ,,, it look like a tuesday night at the sr rest home,,,,, we need new leadership ,,,new ideas ,, people who can work to makes this country better,,, get rid of the old , grumpy, tired l scrooges and get new younger senators,,,, both parties,,,tea party or not we need big time change,,,

    November 5, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. chelle

    It is just so puzzling to a non-American listening to this debate over health-care. We simply are mystified by a nation of such wealth NOT having public health-care. We know you are a nation built on money-making but wrack our brains trying to understand how having people go bankrupt because of healthcare bills is a good thing for capitalism. In the same way that policing, firefighting, education, libraries, roads etc are not held up for capitalist endeavor, why is health-care excluded from public funding???

    November 5, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Jeff

    Palin/Bachman in '12...what a dream (nightmare) ticket!

    November 5, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. CommonSense, BrooklynBranch#1215

    These Teabaggers are getting quite pathetic. It appears no election is good enough except when they win. Why not try yo become that "loyal opposition" the Democrats were for the previous 8 years.

    November 5, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Pete

    Bachmann complains: ""Every lever of power is controlled by one party now in DC. "

    Uh, yeah. That's because one party won landslide victories last year. That's how democracy works.

    November 5, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Hammerer

    The congress is pushing America toward a civil war and no one cares!

    November 5, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. Brad the Inhaler

    So these morons would rather have leaders who spend money on war crimes than helping Americans? Killing a million Iraqis for no good reason is a good way to spend, but actually making America better is somehow evil?

    If republicans ever find themselves in power again, I want to see ALL of these folks doing the exact same thing when a right winger is spending their tax dollars.

    November 5, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Joan

    Why are they not reporting about the pro public option protesters arrested outside Joe Lieberman's office because he is filibustering the Health Care Reform Bill?

    if you are going to report, try to report both sides of the story CNN.

    November 5, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. blue j

    really democrats, do we even think these ex-republican teabaggers would ever vote for us anyway? we got the ama and aarp today. more will come. keep up the good work.

    November 5, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. proud conservative

    Gee, we were told by Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton in 2007 that dissent is patriotic. Funny how that only applies to liberal dissenters. Right , "bay area thinker" ?

    November 5, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. Useyourbrain!!

    Are all these protesters independently wealthy: or stay at home moms/dads: or did they take the day off work to protest: or are they currently unemployed and taking advantage of the extended unemployment benefits and at the same time protest government spending????????????

    November 5, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. zazzle.com/TheProgram

    yeah yeah. they said the same thing about Medicare. now look at them. half of them draw from it and don't want anyone to mess with it.

    it's almost as if the GOP is made up of metally retarded people. they just can't understand that taking care of people is actually more important than Big Business and Big Insurance being in total control.
    They decide who to cover, how much to cover, what to pay and when to pay. it's a terriblly sick system.

    November 5, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Ryan

    47 uninsured americans? Half of those 'americans' are illegal. half of the other half would rather pay for iphones and plasma tv's than health insurance. so really, we are going to spend over a trillion dollars for what is really 10-15 million uninsured americans. wow, novel idea! I guess the over 50% of americans who don't pay taxes don't see a problem with this, but i do. i can't believe my tax dollars are going to fund abortions. that thought makes me shutter.

    November 5, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    For allyou leftist who will not have to pay for all this spending since you have your handout instead. As a taxpayer I think people on welfare such as this health care program should pay a part liek co-pays and deductables or do service like cleaning trash off streets, highways, and parks as a seervice to the taxpayers. Oh, I forgot that is slavery making you work for your so called entitlement.

    November 5, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. Dean

    Anything Michele Bachmann is involved with has got to be bad the woman is a raving nut case.

    November 5, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Phat Elvis

    just a reminder to Bachman and the Teabagging idiots– America's voice was heard last november, when we threw the bumbling Republicans out of office and claimed victory on a PLATFORM of healthcare reform among other things.

    We dont want your religious zealotry, racial intolerance and contempt for the working class. we dont want your kooky trickle-down theories or corporate welfare, your "United" States that has us all divided.

    November 5, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. Republican: I only help those who can already help themselves

    So GOP leaders were outside pandering their base instead of working today or perhaps working on an alternative plan?!?!?!

    Who's the wasteful spenders now?

    Maybe Republicans should be outraged that the Govt officials they elected are not working even though they have jobs. Maybe we should be giving their jobs over to people who actually want to work?

    Go Tea Baggers!

    November 5, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. New Age Independent

    Some of you are so incredibly blind. The AARP is nothing more than a Democratic lobbying group! The AARP was running commercials in my state in support of the democratic bill BEFORE IT WAS EVEN PRINTED! THEY DIDNT CARE WHAT IT CONTAINED!!!

    November 5, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. Tony

    What these guys don't realize is that they're in the minority. The democrats were elected into office by the people. They're doing what they were elected to do.

    November 5, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. Susan

    Never a dull minute for the wingnuts. Can somebody explain to them that our representatives are elected by the people-. Fortunately they don't have the votes to elect very many.

    November 5, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. Suzan

    Hey Republicans it's turn abouts fair play, when you held the majority in the House and Congress the Democrat didn't have a prayer either of getting their way.........so BITE IT!! The last poll I saw was that 58 percent of Americans supported this Health Bill and today AARP and the American Medical Asso. are behind it........so to bad.......all you Republicans are looking out for just yourself and not the needs of the rest of the people in this country who need Health Care.......and all we can see is that you are continueing to put up Road Blocks for this administration.......the Party of NO at it again !!!!!!

    November 5, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. once upon a horse

    I saw on another news channel where some of these teabaggers had to be given "TALKING POINTS" when they came to the protest...which means to me if this is true that over half of these folks don't even know what the hell they are protesting. As far as some getting arrested, welcome to the real world of protest guys, war protesters and gay rights protesters are arrested ALL THE TIME. So poster here called Tanni m..you must have your head in the sand if you think this is the first time a protester has been thrown in the clink.

    November 5, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. j sanford

    Bachmann is as much an idiot as Palin and anyone who believes them couldn't be too bright.either.

    November 5, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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