November 5th, 2009
09:36 PM ET
7 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. mark

    pelosi – how dare you stomp on the first amendment!

    November 5, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. Jamie from Riverside

    So not one Republican wil vote to reform health care and ensure that it is available for all Americans. I hope the voters remember that next election.

    November 5, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. Mike Warner

    This isnt Socialism, its cleaning up the mess left by Bush and Darth Vader. Its hilarious that John Boehner cant tell the difference between the U.S Constitution and the Declaration of Independance since he has never actually read either. Instead of telling people to hate Obama you should be telling them to go read a book!

    November 5, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. JMikey54

    Ryan you said in your post "i can't believe my tax dollars are going to fund abortions" Well there is a reason for that, it wont. There is nothing in the health care bill that says taxpayer money will be used for abortions. YOU HAVE BEEN MISINFORMED, or are you just lying?

    November 5, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. DA

    Why don't the media ask these idiot what kind of Healthcare they have when they are ranting and raving about what they don't want. I mean most of them look like they could use some sort of government run health care, if they are not already on it. Another thing why weren't these folks at work?
    Also for bone head Bohner to stand up there talking about how this is the worst attack on his freedoms in his 19yrs in Congress tells me one thing, he has been in that office too long and he is definitely in the pockets of the Insurance companies!! Don't these idiot folks get it. The Republicans don't want to help them because they are in the bed with the insurance companies. I bet none of those idiot ranting on the grounds ask Bone head how good was his health care?

    November 5, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Brian

    Tea Partiers really seem like barbarians to me. They're the slightly less-evolved humans.

    November 5, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. cm

    I feel like they should not have just arrested them they should have thrown away the key,,Michele Backmann is like Sara Palin trying to go down in the history books and as dumb as a box full of rocks.

    November 5, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. Audrey in Georgia

    When the people who voted for President Obama and the public option
    come to Washington, D.C. then you will see millions of people. Don't
    make us come up there, OK? More change is coming people. Get
    ready. Be prepared. Now exhale!

    November 5, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. bay area thinker

    if they can show me twenty minorities, hell i'll even become a teabagger...does anyone wanna take my bet?

    November 5, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. Linda C

    If this healthcare fiasco passes, don't come crying a year from now about how high your taxes are. You fools! Who do you think is paying for this? Cigarettes have already doubled, plus, they're considering a tax on soda and juices, and on and on and on. Wake up, people, this isn't free!!!!!! It's meant to help the poor and they are the very ones who will be hurt the most, if this thing passes!!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. Eric (Tulare, CA)

    I want a Public Option. Health shouldn't be a commodity.

    November 5, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |

    Tea Still sounds funny. Anyway, I figured out how to occupy Michele Bachman and Sarah Palin for at least a week.....Give them a job like changing a burnt out light bulb.

    Honestly, anyone who would want to follow these two idiots into any kind of race for the White House has my blessings. It makes things much easier for moderates and left wingers to see the circus in town.

    November 5, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. aa

    its too late we won!!!!!! DEMS will rule this country and fix the problems

    November 5, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. S M R

    The CLOWNS are selling out their fellow Americans.

    November 5, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. mikel

    I'm a canadian, i work for myself, and although i have free health care, i pay almost 60% of my income to support my entitlements. not great value. mikel

    November 5, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Joan

    Rep. Bachmann has said so many things that neutral Fact Checkers have proven to be exaggerations or down right lies that it seems hard to believe that people find her credible at all. She sounds like that other female Republican who can see Russia from her house. How can the people in her district re-elect her? Don't they care that she doesn't seem to know what she is talking about?

    November 5, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. Todd (not the Alaska Separatist)

    Lock 'em up, throw away the key. Or least keep them in jail as long as the true American patriots that were arrested in NYC during the 2004 Repugnicant National Convention/Nuremberg Rally.

    November 5, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |

    The revolt to this dictator and his cronies in the congress wil only get more violent and closer to home if they keep on with these communistic policies. There is only so far the socialists can push freedom loving Americans, before it blows up in their faces. Listening to the commentary by the 'useful idiots' and their utter distain, mockery, and lack of will to listen to your fellow countrymen's doubts to this gigantic government takover, tells us that you are now all domestic enemies of the constitution.

    November 5, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  19. vette gal

    Welcome to the real world tea baggers! Ppeople are arrested for protesting daily in our country on everything from gay rights to human rights to animal rights. They're not arrested for protesting, it's how they're protesting that makes it illegal. A worthwhile protest doesn't have to be yelling, shouting and carrying signs that demean a person.

    November 5, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. Mark

    Send that liberal troll Pelosi back to California where she belongs!!

    November 5, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  21. Mike in Texas

    The only reason Bachman is in power is because she is a House Rep. Her views are way to radical to carry any higher office. If you listen to her comments you can see how perverse she is. Sane people rationalize, her interpretations of things are so out of whack with common sense ideals (kinda like muslim fanatics and the Koran).

    She banned the movie Aladdin from being shown in a school because the movie promoted witchcraft and paganism.

    She is the one who proposed the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage (an example of govt imposing on our lives).

    She is 21st out of 435 house members in receiving contributions for Health Insurance Companies but only 230th in receiving contributions from the rest of the health sector.

    So people, do you really think she has your best interests at heart? Do the math.

    November 5, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. New Independent

    I find it hard to believe that with unemployment so high and Wall Street and the Banks are raking in the money that there are these Obama freeks out there tearing down a group of people who are trying to use their rights given to them by our fore fathers. This USA is not the same one as I grew up in. AND PLEASE, DONT TELL ME TO LEAVE because I plan on staying and fighting against the citizens who would drink kool aid..

    November 5, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. Joanna in PA

    Michele Bachmann should be put in jail. besides telling people to essentially telling people to go out an kill democrats, she plain insane. she tells people to come armed to the us capital. she need to be held accountable!

    November 5, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  24. Fitz in Texas

    Thank you PATRIOTS......that was one heck of a house call.

    November 5, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. unshrub

    Why should these people have the right to bully everyone else because they think they do not have to accept a democratic election. They are not the majority, besides, this is why we have elections. I am tired of these people acting like they are the only ones who have a right to win. They act as if everyone else is too dumb to make a decision.

    November 5, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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