August 28th, 2009
12:26 PM ET
13 years ago

'Tea Party Express' trucks on with tour aimed at health care

WASHINGTON (CNN) - They're angry and not going to take it anymore. And now they are doing something about it – again.

On Friday, the "Tea Party Express" group will travel cross-country on a bus tour starting in Sacramento, California and winding down in Washington, D.C. on September 12.

It's at that point, the group notes, that a three-day march on the nation's capitol will take place to protest the country's rising deficit and fear over taxes being raised.

The tea party movement gained momentum this year as several parties were held across the country this summer to protest President Obama and the Democrats' economic stimulus plans, among other things.

On July 4, nearly 2,000 advocates - toting signs and chanting slogans - rallied outside Congress. Activists said the TEA Party Day - an acronym for "Taxed Enough Already" - was in response to what they called runaway government spending.

But now, the focus is namely on health care reform – a key issue that has created the spark for a bigger, wide-encompassing debate throughout the country and in Congress.

"What brought everything together was the Obama-care idea, which contains every odiferous objection," Tea Party Express organizer Mark Williams said Friday. "Is it health care? [Ted] Kennedy care?"

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  1. PW

    I like the person that said hard working people are for health care reform – we just don't have time to go out and make fools of ourselves with the lies they are spreading.

    BTW Repubs I hope you don't lose your insurance any time soon or you will be begging for health care reform.

    August 28, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Pragmatic

    Heard about the "strategy memo," issued by the Connecticut-based group Right Principles, calls on conservatives to "pack the hall" and "yell out and challenge" lawmakers.

    The group's leader has ties to FreedomWorks, an advocacy organization headed by former House majority leader Richard K. Armey (R-Tex.).

    Armey said in an interview that the widespread protests over health-care reform could not happen unless people were "truly scared." "If you are going to go ugly, go ugly early."

    Sound like true "grassroots" ???.

    August 28, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    I'm not against Health care reform, I am against the cost. This nation is 9 trillion dollars in debt as of today, double the Bush debt in 7 and half months. This reform is estimated to cost upwards to 3 trillion dollars. I am taxed out folks, I pay over half of my gross income in taxes, and I only make 60 K a year. The middle class can not afford a tax increase, show me where the spending is being cut to offset this new spending and I'm all for, if not we must stop this before we drive this nation into bankruptcy.

    August 28, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Mark Exton, PA

    Look at all the red. These are the same people that will get help from the President's health care reform. What a bunch of ignorant idiots. These are the last of the racist people in this country left. Thank God their voice is getting smaller by the day. What will they do when minorities are the majority in 20 years. I have advice for all you Tea Party baggers....Get the f out of our country and move to a better one if you don't like it. And by the way, don't use any of the govt option when it is implemented. These are nothing but Jerry Springer's with no jobs. Get a life Republicans! We're all laughing at you hatin on the Prez!.....

    August 28, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. wilfordtibbetts

    I'm all for the Tea Party rallies/marches. I just wish they'd started under Bush. Unfortunately they didn't, so we're stuck with idiots claiming that this is because Obama is President, yadda-yadda-yadda.

    Frankly, I'm pleased that America finally elected a non-white as President, but this doesn't detract from the worthiness of the Tea Party movement .

    August 28, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Craig

    Really, these people are marching about a tax increase that hasn't happened and a healthcare bill that isn't even written.. What is happening in this country when the truly stupid can affect the media and get attention. Let me make it easy for you Clinton = Budget surplus, Bush = Budget deficit. Where were these teabaggers for the last 8 years??

    August 28, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Big Ed

    Are they short busses?

    August 28, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Unsympathetic

    I wonder how many of these people have voluntarily refunded the government their social security or medicare checks.

    Unless and until that happens, they're simply hypocrits.

    It's fun to create a strawman argument – such as "Obama wants to kill old folk" – because it keeps these stupid people from having to bother thinking about the way an uncertain, complex world actually functions.

    Look, people: The GOP talking points on health care come from the health care insurance companies. We DO have a crisis in health care - because the insurance companies want more and more of your money. Hospital fees are high because insurance companies simply do not pay hospitals for 70% of patients that are supposedly covered by private insurance. Health care insurance companies add ZERO value – yet because they exist, they want more and more of your money. The reason for a "public option" is to increase covered procedures while decreasing cost. And of course it could be done.. because .gov caps salaries/benefits, while private insurance simply skims more and more of your money while paying for fewer and fewer treatments.

    August 28, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Alex

    What an embarassment. Honestly, these protesters are simply repeating talking points and meaningless slogans. They moan and groan about Medicare when a lot of the older citizens who are the most fervent protesters rely on Medicare!

    And I'm sure there are plenty of private insurers that can't wait to insure these older citizens at a reasonable cost! After all, insurance companies really care about our citizens and not making money... oh wait...

    August 28, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Mark Exton, PA

    I bet these wimp Tea Baggers won't drive through the city touting that garbage. We should not let a few people affect health care reform. No matter how loud they shout, they still represent very little of America. I don't care what polls say after they call 500 people from red states...haha....polls are politics and they are owned by partisans like the rasmussen poll on Fox. These people are from states where there are just 4 people in town. Get out of our country if you don't like it.

    August 28, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Drew Dubya

    I wish they WERE delivering tea, rather than lies by the truckload.

    August 28, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. don corpier

    well after looking at this picture of a bunch of air head blonds-i dont know what to say. they dont have a clue about taxes or anything else for that matter. where were these little morons when bush put this country in financial ruin. they were at home sipping their whiskey sours and white wine while the rest of us were out trying to earn a living and pay for rotten health insurance. these ladies(i use that term loosely) dont have a job or else they would not be attending their little tea party protest. if you asked one of these simpletons who they were married to you would find doctors, attorneys, brokers,republican politicians, bankers and wall street scum. may they all burn in hell.

    August 28, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Truth Hurts

    No, the nopublicans, need to stop drinking your own koolaide. And 2010 and 2012 is over for you. If Obama don't get his plan through, the real Americans wlll be upset at the republicans for messing things up. It is too many people without healthcare or affordable healthcare, that will be pissed off. And when the healthcare do past, the only ones who will be made is the nopublicans. You only attract your base anyway and don't count!!

    August 28, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Mississippi Mike

    How do Democrats attack a leaderless revolution? Pay union cronies to try to shout them down. What they don't realize is that this same leaderless revolution will turn on organized labor as soon as socialized health care is defeated. A headless monster will beat corrupt cronies every time. Just watch and wait.

    August 28, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. GGG

    Why can't Democrats take any responsibility for anything????? Who are you going to blame after Obabm is out...can't wait for that day to come...Hope we still have some rights left!!!!!

    August 28, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. tony

    The teabaggers should not worry about a public option. They can always choose the private option if that is what they want. If the private insurance companies can provide better service than a public insurance program, such as Medicare, they have nothing to worry about. Harvard seems to do just fine against government-subsidized public universities. If the private insurance companies cannot offer better service than a public insurance program, they should be allowed to fail, just like the banks.

    August 28, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. rich

    More white people promoting hate and rascism. If you look at the signs the people are holding in the picture none of the signs have any facts.

    August 28, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Peter

    They have their right to protest, just like the Anti-War rallies have against Bush. People shouldn't be hateful towards them just because disagreement over issues.

    If people can be understanding enough to listen to each other, we wouldn't have such a ideological divide among the government and us. And yet we are more and more polarized from each other and more unwillingly to listen to complaints. Even the media which suppose to help us regular folks to news that are non-partisan, non-santimonious, and non-bias are starting to pick sides. This is the start of a dangerous trend that may divide us permanently if people do not wise up and show tolerance to people with different opinions.

    August 28, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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