December 15th, 2009
03:55 PM ET
9 years ago

Conservative 'Code Red Rally' hits the Hill


Conservatives rallied in Washington Tuesday to show their opposition to Democrats' plans for health care reform. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - Activists opposed to the Democrats' health care reform plans rallied outside the U.S. Capitol Tuesday.

The "Code Red Rally," was organized by a long list of conservative groups, including advocacy organizations Americans for Prosperity and Patients First. Republican Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Rep. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, and talk show host Laura Ingraham were among the featured speakers.

The event was held as Senate Democrats try to reach agreement on a health care reform plan.

Filed under: Capitol Hill • Health care
soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Ain't life strange?

    All the squirrels were out of the trees with all of those nuts on the ground!

    December 15, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Obama-Mama

    Wow Michelle Bachmann and Laura Ingraham they should all be arrested for trespassing.....

    December 15, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Phillydan

    Why do we need a Republican party – the party of just say no and do nothing to help the majority of Americans. They are a disgrace to America.

    December 15, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Jim

    "Advocacy" organizations Americans for Prosperity and Patients First? Don't you mean health insurance industry funded groups Americans for Prosperity and Patients First?

    December 15, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. george from alaska

    LIE..berman will not be there, but only because he has a foot tapping date in the bathroom stall next to mim!

    December 15, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Deb n Texas

    Every last one on the people named, in my opinion is driven by a hidden selfishness and hatred in the heart. It's not about the Health Care Bill – it's about Barack Obama. Those people need to SHAKE IT OFF and proceed to live a better and more fruitful life for themselves. Just get over it. All they are doing is taking years off of their lives with the hating – it's bad for the heart guys.

    December 15, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Ray Jackson, Ms

    Now does a code red rally mean there is a possible terrorrist attack or a definte terrorrist attack that's going to happen? Its been a while and I can't remember.

    December 15, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    The event was held as Senate Democrats try to reach agreement on a health care reform plan.
    That is, agreement only among themselves. This is a completely partisan bill and Americans don't want it. Tell them loud and clear so they understand that we know that what they are doing is pillaging the US Treasury for purely political gamesmanship.

    December 15, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Jane/Seattle

    This must be a really crazy place to be right now. Judging from the "illustrious" lunatics who showed up, I'm glad to be far away! Too bad Lieberman can't go the way of Oral Roberts! It's beginning to seem that the only way to be rid of some dinosaurs is for nature to take it's course! 😮

    December 15, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Shadysider

    These social conservatives should be shunned and ignored. Libertarians are the only rationale types in the Republican Party. And Social Conservatives are trying to kick them out of the Republican Party. They are destroying themselves. If the GOP allows SOCONS to take control they will have committed political suicide.

    December 15, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    From day one, the republicans have lied about death panels, huge government takeovers, that it will eliminate medicare, and a number of other untruths. I am glad that Al Franken pretty much called Thune out for the lies.

    December 15, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Hmmm....what do I need to bring with me to this kind of rally? No doubt my country club membership card, my fraternity key, my ATM card so I can access my trust frund, my handwarmers from Bergdorf's, and...of CIGNA card in case I get the sniffles.

    December 15, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Clint

    Are you sure that this GOP publicity stunt was not called "Code Dead'? That would be more appropriate for their irrational position of advocating the maintenance of the status quo, where the main principles are i) if you don't have medical insurance, you don't deserve it and ii) you must be some kind socialist/marxist to think that you can upset our gravy train. You are on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of morality, which it more than ironic for the self appointed religious ones of the far right.

    December 15, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Ben in Texas

    Dick Cheney must be behind this. Remember his little color-coded terrorism (or, terrorizing) system? Every time he wanted a distraction from Cheney/Bush misdeeds, he upped the alert level.

    Code RED! Code RED! The SKY IS FALLING!

    Don't worry, Repugnants. The Democrats have already gutted meaningful health insurance reform. America has nothing to worry about, except not being able to get coverage, going into bankruptcy due to health care costs, and dying prematurely.

    Sit down and have another cup of tea. Red Zinger? Arsenic?

    December 15, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Ancient Texan

    56% of those polled, on several different polls, say NO! to this debacle. But the politicians, in their superior knowledge, know more than the voters and will cram this mess down our throats anyway. Can't wait until 2010. The idiots can join the unemployment lines.

    December 15, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. Brian

    Wow. There must be at least 200 people there. Quite a turnourt. Where's Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter? What a joke.

    December 15, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Don't they sell arugula there?

    50-60 oldtimers who are on medicare

    December 15, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. ken from holland, pa

    wow. the nerve. how dare americans try get healthcare for all.

    republicans repeat after me.
    i pledge allegiance to the republican party for which it stands. one nation under rush and sarah with stupidity and ignorance for all of us.

    the best thing about this is that these dopes are against this until they would need it. then they would be for it. hello unemployment insurance, hello medicare, hello social security.


    bunch of losers

    December 15, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Duck Fallas

    Lots of grey heads there- hope their all in favor of dumping Medicare all together.

    December 15, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Phil

    Our first step towards socialism begins with this vote. The health care system needs reform, but this legislation is not the answer. Give us Tort reform, give us inter-state insurance competition, and this will be a first positive step. Don't bankrupt the country and ensure our kids and grandkids will be debt strapped with this nonsensical piece of legislation. I bet those Senate democrats wouldnt be voting for this healthcare if they were taken off their cush plans and forced to partake in it. I'm not wealthy, but cannot understand how people think it is the duty of the wealthy to bear the burden for those who choose not to work or don't make quite as much money. Whatever happened to the American Dream? Why is this democratic Congress determined to put a bullet in the American Dream???

    December 15, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Kevin B

    Oh no here comes another AM radio manufactered group of willfully uninformed losers.

    December 15, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. ib

    Go Code Red save our healthcare from this stupid bill which will doom our healthcare and country with its costs.

    December 15, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. david

    dial 911.. dial 911.. the sky is falling, run for your lives.

    the only benefit conservatives have ever brought to the human race was when they told us we should not climb down from the trees and plant our own food. one of our progressive ancestors decided they had to question why. unfortunately one of those ancestors must have been stuck and had to bring a conservative relative down from the trees and allowed them to breed.

    December 15, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. Chris D.

    So the GOP instead of legislating, are protesting......interesting.....I respect the common protester, but I don't respect the members of congree who are there to rebelrouse the crowd.......
    Simple and plain, the public option is gone, the medicare pay in is gone, what are you protesting about now?
    Answer, health care reform itself.
    Six months from now, the GOP will be viewed as the party that did nothing but complain for the entire year of 2009.....While the party that has many diverse members( a huge umbrella), has been busy the entire year in true debate..........
    I'm proud of the DEMS in congress at this point.......we'll see what unemployment does in the coming year.......If it drops, the GOP is screwed..........

    December 15, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. JES

    Why doesn't anybody listen to the majority of the people leave health care alone.

    The government can't even balance a budget what makes them think they can do a better job with governmant controled health care.

    If they are going to change health care then they should all be on the plan they are trying to pass too.

    December 15, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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