Group opposed to health care law delivers petitions to Congress
March 23rd, 2012
03:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Group opposed to health care law delivers petitions to Congress

Washington (CNN) - The conservative activist group FreedomWorks delivered to ranking congressional Democrats what it said are tens of thousands of pages of a petition signed by people opposed to the Affordable Care Act.

The signature health care reform plan from the Obama administration was enacted two years ago Friday, and next week faces a challenge in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Outside the high court Friday morning, about a dozen demonstrators congregated with two carts of boxes they said contained a petition with more than 100,000 signatures. Each took a large stack of the documents out of the boxes and entered nearby Senate and House office buildings to deliver the papers to Democratic leadership.

Spokesman Dean Clancy said their effort is part of a campaign to fight the law at congressional, judicial and constituent levels.

Neither Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, nor House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were at their offices to receive the demonstrators, and staff declined to meet with them.

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  1. GI Joe.

    Why do the wealthy hate the poor so much? Without the labor, they wouldn't be so rich.

    March 23, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    2012 - A year long Obamacare Repeal Festival. An event every week leading up to the election when the final act of throwing the Democrats and Obama OUT so that the Democrat Disaster can be repealed and replaced.

    Obamacare repeal will be Romney's FastPAss to the Whitehouse. Thanks Democrats!

    March 23, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. diridi

    Are these idiots bribed by Insurance companies. This is silly and stupidity. o.k, These idiots it is a Law. Lot of people benefit out of this law. Of course, not Lobby group and Insurance idiots. Yes, Obama2012.
    PS: Nation needs this law very desperately. Ask any Pre-existing conditioned patients and deny by insurance thugs...

    March 23, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. FIELD1stSGT

    I certainly appreciate the way CNN portrays one of the most costing acts to taxpayers this country has ever seen. CNN's "Affordable health care act", so stated is so misleading. The public better inform themselves that we are already paying 335 billion dollars just for the upkeep of illegals in this country. Obamacare will cost the American public 1.6 trillion dollars in three years. All the while Obama is piling onto the National Debt trillions of dollars every years with his budget. Another thing. It is sad about the teenager who was shot. But, this happens everYday. When in America has a President ever came on National TV to renounce such an act calling the boy could have been his. Is it because of who the boy was or is he really seeking justice. If so then why NOT come FORWARD condemning every rape and shooting of others when it happens. YOU HAVE ONE ANSWER AND YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS. ALSO LOOK FOR CNN TO NEVER POST MY COMMENT.

    March 23, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. carlos

    instead of going to the Capitol, they should have kept those papers in their bathrooms and wipe when needed.......of course, what do you expect from teatards?????

    March 23, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. freedom works is a subsidiary of . . .

    the Koch brothers, the Walton family, former House leader Dick Armey and a whole host of corporate, insurance, oil and chemical interests . . . Maybe CNN can give some background once in a while . .

    March 23, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Yeah, whatever. Yawn.

    March 23, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Sirned

    A well funded insurance lobbying group Freedom Works....They are no grass roots group. Freedom works uses the ignorant to their advantage only when it means profit for big Companies. I promise you Freedom Works cares nothing about principles only about their donors....This is about making sure insurance companies can pocket 90% in profits if they want. Obama care will make insurance companies use 80% of what they take in on actual care...

    March 23, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Mike in Texas

    1. Has any independent source confirmed the validity of the signatures?
    2. If they are valid, how many of these people only signed it because it has Obama's named tied to it?
    3. If they are valid, how many of these people favored a mandate before Obama supported a mandate? (Remember, Republicans supported a mandate in the past)
    4. If they are valid, how many people if asked if they like certain parts of the law would say yes?

    Another dog and pony show from a special interest group.

    March 23, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Dave

    There will always be a lot of low intelligence, poorly educated folks out there who will say anything the GOP tells them to. They got that training in Church long ago.

    March 23, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    They collect only 100,000 signatures nationwide? That's pretty pathetic. That's less than 0.03% of the population. Voters in Wisconsin collected over a 1,000,000 signatures to oust their governer, which represented more votes than what the governer had received to win the election in the first place. This is nothing more than a media stunt.

    March 23, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Canuck

    I take it these people would prefer to be ripped off by their insurance companies then? Its hard to understand why people object to improvements in their health care? Too many Fox News viewers is the only thing I can think of.

    March 23, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Why isn't Obama and Biden out there explaining to the American people that the cost of Obamacare has already doubled and the disaster is not yet fully implemented?

    Why isn't Obama and Biden out there explaining to the American people that 3-20 MILLION could lose the healthcare they currently have?

    Why isn't Obama and Biden out there explaining to the American peoplewhy all their union supporters have received waivers to exempt them from Obamacare?

    Oh yeah... 57% of American want Obamacare repealed and this would run that up to 70-80% if it was talked about.

    March 23, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Lisa P

    All of 500 showed up at our Federal courthouse at noon today, according to our local papers. Something like four times that many were at the rally in support of Planned Parenthood I attended last week. Just sad. I can't believe that we still have to protest this stuff because these whiners have so much influence (courtesy of all that free $$$ from the bad corporate citizens out there who are trying their darnedest not to pay their fair share. Ironic, yes? Prevention is cheaper in the long run with health care too)

    March 23, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. DENNA

    Good for you. Vote against your own best interests you GOP sheeple. Who in their right mind would be against nationwide healthcare? Oh yes, anyone who identifies as a conserative.

    March 23, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. Wake up people

    @G.I Joe, there is no answer. Why did the slave owning whites hate the slaves that did all the work and made them rich? Except when the master needed a belly warmer...

    March 23, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. p

    Freedom Works was set up by the Koch brothers and Dick Armey. What else does anybody need to know? Amazing to me that lower income folks would follow the likes of these guys, as if FW is looking out for THEM! Wow. Have they convinced the signers that health insurance companies should be able to drop you, if you get sick? Think health insurers should just carry on with the racket they've been pulling for years? Insurance companies should decide if you can see a doctor or not?
    In the richest country on earth, I believe that serious illness should not have to = financial ruin.

    March 23, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Ed1

    The only people that are for it are the people that don,t have to use it like Senate, congress, president, VP, Unions, and many many more to many to list.

    This is going to cost our grandchildren 1.8 trillion double what we were told by our wonderful president.

    We don't need and anyone who is an elected person that didn't read it before it was passed should not be re-elected no matter what party they are.

    Our President doesn't know a thing about our problems because if he did he would stop spending what we don't have.

    If we spent money like our government does we would go to jail hold him accountable and vote them out in November 2012.

    March 23, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    DENNA - Good for you. Vote against your own best interests you GOP sheeple. Who in their right mind would be against nationwide healthcare? Oh yes, anyone who identifies as a conserative.
    ===========================================================================================
    Losing my healthcare is NOT in my best interest. 20 MILLION people may lose theirs because of Obamacare. That is a LOT of votes come November.

    Also, paying for everybody elses health insurance with my tax dollars in NOT in my best interest accordsing to my family's needs.

    March 23, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. Mikey

    @Truth – Why would the President spread lies the ACA? That appears to be your job.

    March 23, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Please take your meds and then sign up for an English class, FIELD1stSGT: your remarks reek of a shallow mind and wit.

    March 23, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Why do the wealthy hate the poor so much? Without the labor, they wouldn't be so rich."

    Because the way things currently are, we make them pay us middle-class and poor folk. They'd much rather give us housing on the planta...I mean, corporate campus...and then feed and clothe if it meant they could no pay us any salary whatsoever. And if you got sick, they could have the doctor come in with his Kervorkian kit and decide whether you can be returned to usefulness as a business investment or need to be put down.

    March 23, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "20 MILLION people may lose theirs because of Obamacare."

    HAHAHAHAHA. The tinfoil hat is too d-mn tight!!!!!

    March 23, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. aaron

    I'm curious as to whether these loons put down whether or not they had health insurance. Best guess...they all did. It would also be nice to know who's funding them....insurance companies, pharmeceutical companies, and/or the billionaire Koch brothers.

    March 23, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Gabby

    Mikey

    @Truth – Why would the President spread lies the ACA? That appears to be your job.
    ********************************************************************************
    He spreads lies in order to get things passed and he'll continue spreading lies in an attempt to get reelected.

    March 23, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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