August 7th, 2009
03:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Cafferty: Will loud & violent town hall protests kill health care reform?

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The protests at town hall meetings on health care reform continue to get louder and more violent.

One event in Tampa, Florida, got particularly ugly… with hecklers and people pushing and shoving. As the Democratic congresswoman addressed the crowd - people chanted "read the bill" and "tyranny."

Hundreds couldn’t even get into the meeting - as demonstrators on both side of the debate shouted at one other.

In St. Louis - there are reports that six people were arrested after health care protests broke out at what was supposed to be a forum on aging held by a Democratic congressman.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was even at the center of about 200 protesters in Denver where she was visiting a homeless clinic. The crowd was loud, but orderly - about half supported the reform and half opposed it.

Pelosi and other Democrats insist these protests at meetings sponsored by Democrats won’t derail health care reform once Congress gets back to work next month.

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