November 7th, 2009
07:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Hundreds protest health bill amid looming vote

Before Saturday's event ended, Republican lawmakers tried to dramatize the size of the Democrats’ bill by unfurling all 1,900 pages--taped together--from the Capitol’s east front to the top of the House steps.

Before Saturday's event ended, Republican lawmakers tried to dramatize the size of the Democrats’ bill by unfurling all 1,900 pages–taped together–from the Capitol’s east front to the top of the House steps.

Washington (CNN) - Foes of the House Democrats' health care bill rallied outside the Capitol Saturday afternoon, hours before what many of them anticipate will be a setback for their position - approval of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bill.

"It may pass out of the House tonight. We do realize that," Jenny Beth Martin, event organizer for the Tea Party Patriots, said. "But there is the Senate still. And we are going to leave no stone unturned and fight the government taking over our health care."

Chanting "Kill the bill" and "Hell, no" throughout the nearly 90-minute rally, the few hundred attendees kept up their opposition despite having a much lower turnout than a similar rally held on Thursday.

More than a dozen Republican lawmakers spoke to the protesters and encouraged them to keep up the fight by speaking to wavering Democrats and their families, friends and neighbors about the legislation.

"We are here for one purpose: Kill the bill!" said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee.

"America doesn't need socialized medicine. We need jobs," Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Georgia, said.

"I diagnose [this bill] as a dead, rotting stinking fish that we will not eat," said Rep. Paul Broun, a Republican doctor from Georgia.

And in a fiery speech trying to convince the conservative "blue dog"

Democrats to vote against the bill, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-South Carolina, asked, "Are they a blue dog or a lap dog? We'll find out."

Earlier Saturday, President Barack Obama urged lawmakers in the House to pass the pending health care legislation.

"Millions of Americans are watching right now," the president toldreporters in a brief news conference in the White House Rose Garden. "Theirfamilies and businesses are counting on us. After all, this is why they sent us here: to finally confront the challenges that Washington had been putting off for decades. To make their lives better. To leave this country stronger than we found it."

Obama's comments came shortly after he had returned to the White House from Capitol Hill, where he met with the House Democratic leadership.

Filed under: GOP • Health care • Tea Party movement
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Thank you for supporting the needs of your fellow Americans, you ignorant, belligerent, party-line tea-baggers. I will hate and disrespect you as long as I live.

    November 7, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  2. Jennifer Ashland

    Why on earth is Congress overhauling our nation’s health-care system with a costly new government spending program during the worst economic downturn and highest unemployment rates since the 1980s? With a jobless rate of 10.2% and 15.7 million Americans out of work, this massive 1,990-page bill will cost U.S. taxpayers $1.055 trillion over the next 10 years, much of it funded by a taxpayer surtax. Our country already owes $56 trillion in entitlement obligations to China, Saudia Arabia and other countries. Yet this onerous bill will add trillions of dollars to our ballooning national deficit, which has doubled since 2000 to nearly $12 trillion for the first time in history.

    To make matters worse, this bill funds abortions – all at U.S. taxpayer expense.

    In a word, this bill represents a socialistic takeover of our privatized health care system. The Senate majority will no doubt pass it, as well.

    We can't afford onerous legislation that will lead to burdensome new taxes, higher federal deficits that generations to come will be shouldering, and onerous government intrusion into American's lives. Let's hope the U.S. Supreme overturns Congress by ruling it unconstitutional.

    November 7, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Vote no on Pelosi health care

    November 7, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Dan

    Good point GOP. I too hate big documents!

    GOP, party of small ideas.

    November 7, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. John Ca

    Capital Hill is on a roll needs 218 votes to pass! The people will get what they want Was D.C. taking care of the peoples.

    November 7, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. John Ca

    The Tea Party Movement is build up by the Media of Fox Business News Because the Reps. are not in office anymore tell the tea party it about respect and the Rich guys with all the wealth do not want to help the people with Health Care and the Top 1% should pay there taxes and they are pulling the covers over there eyes using kids on the house floor the GOP is better than that!

    November 7, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. Lois

    I think you should ask the Tea bag Protesters how many people will they be willing to support..lets see how many of them willing to add to their policies
    Its one thing to protest and gave a valid reason but to protest to protest..NO!
    They said that the bill is not on the website for viewing well were is the REPUBLICANS bill for us to compare it to...MIA

    November 7, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. normajean

    Just one question....They all yell."kill the bill" Do they want to stand up and be counted when thousands of men,women and children die for lack of health care?

    November 7, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. New Father

    Besides the 13% tax increase on the businesses that create jobs, I think it is only fair that everyone should give the government more money. Rich or P.elosi, O.bama, O.r, R.eid, look how well they have done.They did such good a job after getting unemployment over 10% and running up a $1.4 trillion, they voted themselves a fat raise. Well worth the money I think. So tell them to vote yes on every bill that gives more money to them.

    November 7, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. ejmounsey Granville Ohio

    That noisy bunch do not represent me. I want health care reform and nearly everyone I know does also. If the GOP is right that the government would make decisions, at least they are accountable to the people every two years. The insurance companies are not.

    November 7, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Jeremy-Dallas-tx

    Seriously it is childish for we Republicans to oppose such important bill without strong workerable alternative. Going by this gross lack of ideas from my party, my family and I may consider our future elsewhere. It is hard to put up with hatred and divisive politics!

    November 7, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. John Ca

    The U. S House is keeping America great! They are the lawmakers of this land go to working for the people!

    November 7, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. normajean

    Apparently the "Kill The Bill"crowd all have insurance so why should they care if their friends and neighbors get sick and die for lack of health care.

    November 7, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. John Ca

    218 votes needs to pass this bill but, not over. Still more work to go!

    November 7, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. m jeff

    If the Blue Dogs do not vote to stop the Insurance Industry greed, they will be voted out next election. They are Republican in disguise anyway.

    November 7, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. smiff

    Look at the number of comments on the ticker issue and in relation to what they are about. Palin and neggies about Obama bring hundreds of comments. Either gnashing at Palin or soaking up the rays for defense of "tha one", Amazing at the limited commentary from people on issues and real news. Like the old saying "great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss things, and Small minds discuss people". This monstrosity of a health care ruse will make lbj's great society look like an after school program. Uneducated people floating on the vapors really dont care why or what, just WHO!!!! SMALL PEOPLE BIG IDEAS? TAX ME BABY!!! The new American motto BTW!!!

    November 7, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. Kim

    History in the making!

    November 7, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. Pragmatic

    ... and what do these Americans want? They couldn't tell you – just keep repeating what they believe they don't want. "Stay the course" while the insurance agencies and Big Pharma celebrate "mission accomplished!" – asked later – the naysayers will be asked why – but will only reply. "I don't recall" .... health reform has been needed since the Truman Era ... how much longer shall we wait?

    November 7, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. Tony

    Why do these people continue to say that they want the Government to keep their hands off their healthcare. Can they all please give back their medicare cards to the Government.

    November 7, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. ralph

    The GOP has become a hate group. I am not talking about race. I am refering to the fact tha conservaties hate anything and anyone diffrent from them.

    November 7, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  21. Drone Pilot

    Ron Paul 2012

    November 7, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. Freeman

    I work for he City of Houston. And I have excellent benefits including health insurance. And guess what ? I still believe we need health care reform. Come on Tea baggers this is not about you. Think of others besides yourselves. I thought you people believed in Christian values? I guess NOT!

    November 7, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. Mickey

    I see the GOP and FauxNews has staged another moron event at taxpayer expense. These moonbats don't represent America...they represent a dying political party, being eaten away from within by the very actions of traitors like Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Boehner, Cantor, & Bachmann, etc.

    GOP: Evolve or die...

    November 7, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  24. keith in ky

    It was more like thousands!!

    November 7, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  25. aa

    i guess all of them were bunch of crazy white people

    November 7, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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