November 5th, 2009
09:36 PM ET
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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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  1. Operation Crush Rush

    You notice that every day its the same rightwing heckler using many names on here.Shes an escaped mental patient thats sits home all day thinking of things to say and do against her government.

    November 5, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Steve-O

    This is the reason we can't get anything done: ignorant, angry, paranoid bigots who are afraid of change.

    Don't listen to them. Keep the fire-hose on stand-by if they get to rowdy, and don't cover it. Adults throwing temper tantrums aren't news.

    November 5, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!


    If these "christians" are "living examples" of Christ, He would let those living in poverty and without health insurance, die.

    November 5, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. bill

    thousands demanstrated in washington.cnn where is the pan out pictures thousands thats a pretty large crowd.lets see these thousands of TEA BAGGERS.COME ON GET YOUR REPORTERS ON THE GROUND.I THINK THOUSANDS IS EXAGRATED. SHOW US

    November 5, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Sharon T.

    Can't wait until 2010 when I and others get to kick out the rest of the communists who have infiltrated our congress. P.S. as to AARP supporting the House's healthcare plan–the reason they did so was because they know that this plan has no chance of getting past the Senate where (thank God) more true americans are waiting to kill most if not all of it. As to this mess that we find ourselves in, as I predicted last year when Obama (who is a communist pure and simple) was elected, most voters did not comprehend what it was they were voting for. Now they are seriously aware of just what kind of change it was and they want nothing at all to do with it. This is why the GOP won big last night and will do so again next year. Warning to every voter: No one party should ever have have complete dominance for making laws in this country. Power should be shared as absolute power always corrupts.

    November 5, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. Ray Ray

    It kinda disgusts me that I'm paying for these people. I would LOVE to go out Tea Partying during the day. But I have a JOB. I WORK. So I can pay taxes, and Medicare, and Social Security, which all of these protesters either have or will have in the future. Stop travelling and trying to kill healhtcare on MY dime!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Republican: I only help those who can already help themselves

    Question: When Republicans held the majority in both the Senate and the House, how many health care reform proposals did they present to the American people?

    November 5, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Chandler

    TeaBaggers, if the majority of Americans agree with you like you say...why did the Democrats just pick up 2 seats in the House, the entity that is voting on Health Care Reform? The majority of Americans support health care reform and a public option. Just because you scream the loudest, doesnt mean you represent the country.

    November 5, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Kat

    They should have arrested Pelosi and Reid. They are the worse thieves in Washington. We are slowly becoming a socialist country. God help us.

    November 5, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. josephine

    I am for health care reform. The only reason the Republicans are against it is because they know it will benefit and work for all Americans. They dont want that to happen because then their chances for 2010 and 2012 are all but gone. The same reason they are against climate change, they cannot let it succeed if they want to stand a chance during these coming elections. Good strategy, but will it work???

    November 5, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. IVOTE

    QUESTION.........Where do you find "thousands" of teabaggers to bus into DC for a protest on thursday? These people cannot have jobs or families to support.......or maybe they are living off the government and are available to take a free trip.

    November 5, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. steve

    bunch of tea baggers.

    November 5, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |

    AFP bused these people in, former Republicans staffers on the payroll all paid for by a Billionaire with ties to the medical and oil industry. CNN please show the FACTS NOT THE SPIN!!!! David Koch working in conjuction with Batty Bauchman and the right wing spin machine to blow this up as we the people! CNN DO YOUR JOB!! Show the World what FRAUDS THESE PEOPLE ARE!!!

    November 5, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. Moderate Republican

    YAWN!!! Am a Moderate Republican, but they let it be known who's allowed to be a "Republican." Just out of spite, I will be voting Democrat in 2010. They don't want my vote, I'll give it to someone who does.

    November 5, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. Florida Joe

    Nice healthcare plan Repubs.....CBO says it will mean even more uninsured........but the insurance companies will be happy..........Party of NO CLUE................

    November 5, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  16. Black Viper

    I can guarantee you and ready to bet $1000000 with anybody that if they do a poll among these teabaggers protesters you will see:
    50% of them on medicare or Medicaid
    30% Uninsured
    10% With Shady insurance policies with high deductibles
    10% Don't know if they have insurance or not they are emntally challenged
    Somebody who have that much time at his disposal has to be unemployed or receiving foodstamp.

    November 5, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  17. kd

    Sorry, but this over-the-top type of reaction helps no one. I never bet but would feel confident to bet that almost no one in that crowd could competently debate the health care issue, let alone the proposals in front of Congress.

    This 'do nothing and let the country crash' approach by the far right and the GOP is DANGEROUS! It's making things worse by the day.

    November 5, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    They may be loud, they may be obnoxious, they may be self-righteous, but the GOP and the tea baggers are in the MINORITY when it comes to health care reform.

    And if not Republican votes for reform, then fine – we'll do it without them.

    It will just be further evidence that their loyalty lies with big business health care, not the people who work hard, get ill and lose everything because their health insurance company dropped them like a hot potato.

    November 5, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. steve

    bunch of tea baggers. go get a job already, theyre out there!

    November 5, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. Daniel

    "Let me assure you your efforts to (allow insurance companies to remain exempt from anti-trust laws and continue gaining massive profits while increasing your premiums and cutting your care) 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 (fair, affordable heathcare for its citizens)." – 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. Ratzenberger, 62, who currently receives SOCIAL Security benefits, declined to state whether or not he will decline socalized Medicare when he reaches age 65.

    November 5, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. Fnord-a-saurus Rex

    HAHA, come get a taste of what all other protesters face.

    For all that complain about thier tax dollars going to fund illeagals or abortions I say this. . .

    I dont want my taxes paying for WAR!!!! It goes against my personal values.

    Besides I thought that the plan was not going to cover abortions or illegals, so whats the problem?

    November 5, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. A. Smith

    Mindless masses merge on Capital Hill, shouting they do not want Governmental Help with their Health Care Coverage.

    It's amazing that Big Pharma can deploy their message so effectively that people that are now shelling out 1,000 – 3,000 US Dollars per month to pay for adequate health care insurance are pushed into begging the US Government not to help lower their monthly costs.

    Where their eyes glassy, or just shining with a red light?

    A. Smith

    November 5, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. Kevin in Ohio

    We are finally using the same tactics the liberals have used over the last 40 years, The only difference is that those in power today have NO clue as to how to LISTEN to what the protesters are saying. If this bill passes, it will be irreversible and a disaster...... we do not want to say "I told you so" when it is too late.

    November 5, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. Scott

    Idiots one and all. I love this wingnut tools that throw Socialism around for any government program they don't like, but have nothing to say about Police and Fire protection, Public Schools, Medicare, Farm Subsidies....the list goes on. None of them have any problem with spending billions of $$ to go to war and use our tax money for war profiteers like Haliburton but heaven forbid we stop the insurance companies from raping people who can't afford it?!! Morons. Can't help but notice the lack of ethnic groups and diplomas in that crowd. Even Margaret Thatcher, a conservative, was hands off in England when it came to the National Health System.....cause the vast majority in Britain knows it works better than ONLY privatized health care/death panels. Wake Up America.

    November 5, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Taxpaying Lib

    Look at all the wingnuts here, strutting around like they're the only ones who've ever gotten up in the morning, went to work and paid their taxes.

    Newsflash: I've been a liberal all my life and I've NEVER been unemployed, NEVER received an unemployment check, never lost my job to anyone else, and NEVER needed an excuse. Been paying my taxes for 35 years too.

    And still, STILL, I believe people have a right to affordable healthcare.

    Climb down off the cross, GOP hypocrites, and quit playing the working-class victim - everyone's tired of it.

    November 5, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
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