March 26th, 2010
05:14 PM ET
12 years ago

Health care bill anger a sign of the times?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Health care reform brought out many protesters such as these Monday in Royal Oak, Michigan."]
Washington (CNN) - Americans have always exercised their Democratic rights under the U.S. Constitution to speak out against the government.

Amid the bitter fight over health care reform, a round of hate-filled messages and sometimes violent actions toward members of Congress has prompted calls to ease up on the rhetoric.

Experts say that although protests against social issues such as health care reform are nothing new for the country, such reaction to a landmark bill's passing is uncommon.

"It's unusual that you get this kind of outrage and response to a piece of legislation," said historian Robert Dallek, author of the upcoming book "The Lost Peace: Leadership in a Time of Horror and Hope."

"Of course, it's being fanned in some ways by Republican leaders who keep saying majorities are against this legislation, when in fact there is a pretty even divide in the country, from what the polling data shows," he added.

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  1. O.D.B.

    Anger against the unconstitutional "healthcare" law is NOT a sign of the times... it's a sign of a coming socialist bloodbath at the polls this November.

    Take a good long look at the modern national socialist Democrat congress and remember it well... for it's the last one you'll see in your lifetime.

    March 26, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. S Callahan

    I think this article hit it on the nail when it addressed the economy...that is the bullet in emotions for most communities right now...and it certainly appears there is only lip service and not action to get 'real' jobs going. Each day, more are being laid off...yet we hear public announcements that economy is 'stable for now'...when that is not really the truth. People do better when they are told the hurts sometimes, but leads to acceptance and sets up a plan for action to make it better.

    March 26, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. worry

    Very worry about the future of this country. Obama is leading this country towards socialism. He is such a skillful politician and has cheated many Americans. Hope people will wake up and see his true face.

    March 26, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Bobbie in Maryland (Could I PLEASE get out of moderation???)

    This outrage has been perpetrated by the Tea Party people, some of whom advocate violence. The republicans too have raised rhetoric in a meanspirited way.
    It's time to be civil, people. We can agree to disagree without the slander & threats.
    To me, this started with the 2008 campaign & shouts of "Kill the traitor", etc. leveled at Obama & not sufficiently condemned by Palin & Co.

    March 26, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. Debby

    Dallek may be a historian but he isn't a surgeon and these are the men and women that will be taking care of us down the road and most are AGAINST this healthcare plan. It has nothing to do with Republicans fanning flames it has to do with reality Dallek.

    March 26, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. gt

    the tea party are not going away,,,, deal with it...there for real..

    March 26, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. PEDRO

    Guess what folks, a small FOXnews sponsored collection of nitwits is not a majority no matter how much coverage you get from these desperate to shock and scare news outlets.

    March 26, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. John

    GOP does not want healthcare reforms.

    GOP and Health Insurance Companies make huge profits by Plunder, Extortion, Scam and by depriving the insured of funds for medical treatment.

    GOP and Health Insurance Companies are spending million in false publicity and propaganda in opposing the healthcare reforms.

    This money in fact belongs to the insured, which they received in premiums.

    GOP and Health Insurance Companies are Thugs and Criminals.

    March 26, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Victor0803

    who doesn't need affordable health care?

    March 26, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. Sue

    I cannot believe that CNN has stooped this low---as to post this piece of garbage article.

    So, because they know that the Democrats are going to get clobbered in the November elections--–Ed Hornick recommends that people quit speaking out against Obamacare, Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the loony left Democrats--–and their plans for European socialism that they are trying to shove down our throats.

    Yet, were Ed Hornick, CNN and others recommending to "ease up the rhetoric"---when there were continuous threats and verbal attacks against Bush, Cheney, Rove and the Republicans---NO, they DID NOT!!!

    The majority in the country will NOT shut up..........And we will continue to warn people that Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the loony left liberal Democrats are going to destroy our economy, health care system, military, capitalistic system, and country---whether Ed Hornick and others like it or not.

    March 26, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. Mickey

    NO right-wing, militant, domestic terrorist, RACIST speaks for me...what
    "America" are they from, anyway!

    Republican politicians are nothing but domestic terrorist instigators, and should be indicted along with Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Bachmann, Cantor, Boehnor, and others under that Patriot Act they love so wanted the Patriot Act, YOU GOT IT!

    March 26, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'm not angry at all, nor to be truthful are any of my family members or my extended family members.

    Gee, I wonder who all these angry people we hear so much about really are. . .

    March 26, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. John

    What a bunch of crybaby rubes these tea party wingnuts are!

    When the 2008 election was overwith they immediately began muttering threats and stockpiling guns and ammunition.

    What a pack of sore losers.

    Why are conservatives so anti-democracy?

    March 26, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Brandon

    When legislation like this — which protects Americans from insurance companies whose business model is built around revoking coverage from the people who need health care the most — is endlessly labeled as the end of the world, it's clearly time to replace the crazed lunatics occupying half of Congress.

    The future of America deserves and needs REAL debate, not insane appeals to fear for scoring political points.

    March 26, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Ken in NC

    If the Right Wingnuts are the Majority, how did the "Minority with the most votes win? Oh they are the "Majority of the WingNuts" "GOTCHA" WINK WINK

    March 26, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. Greg

    I love these reports.. Quote from above!
    "Of course, it's being fanned in some ways by Republican leaders" Who is this guy???

    Never in my life have I seen so much propaganda in our own country. And our own media sources are jumping on board with this propaganda.. Do you really think half the country who are republicans are terrorist, haters and violent people? Do you really think the tea partiers are crazy right wing nuts? come on people have you even SEEN a tea party rally? Talked to someone who thinks the tea party movement is a good thing?? Ask around, you might be surprised who agrees with tea party movement.. Why in the world do you think scott brown got elected??? Was it nothing but terrorist violent tea baggin haters that pushed him over the top??? Americans are smarter than this if they just look for the truth.. WHY does the media keep putting in articles like this?? Will this comment even get posted??

    What people need to ask themselves is WHY?? WHY is there so much propaganda going on? WHO really wants to portray a group of people as terrorists and violent haters?? What reason do they have? Majority of republicans and tea partiers and YES DEMOCRATS! are good christian people that do NOT LIKE violence and hate and terrorism... SO WHY IN THE WORLD IS THE MEDIA SAYING REPUBLICANS ARE TERRORIST AND HATERS AND FANNING THE FLAMES!!! People PLEASE open your eyes.. look for the truth.. We are a better country than this, we are a better people than this.. Please please do not blindly just believe and follow everything you read and see... on both sides MSNBC and FOX both.. Just look for the truth and what makes logical sense to you and not what someone says... to say republicans or tea partiers or democrats are crazy haters and violent terrorist is just stupid... we are smarter than that..

    March 26, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. CEvans, Texas

    The tea partiers need to get a life!! It is not a sign of the time, it's a sign of pure ignorance to say the least!! No matter what this President does, it will not be enough for some people...President Barack Obama will not go away, so get over it. In the end all of you fools will be eating your nasty, stupid words!! Can't believe you selfish, self center, idiots!! And the majority of you are probably sitting in church on Sunday morning!! HYPOCRITES!!

    March 26, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Mike in MN

    Anger is a healthy thing when it motivates a people to action.
    No Republican leader has insighted violence, no conservative commentator has called for violence. They all denounce violence.
    Obama did challange Republcians to a fight over Obamacare, that is no different than Palin targeting Deomcrat members of congress for defeat. How in he hell does anyone think the term target for defieat is a call to violence. Desperate lies from desperate Democrats. Lies that will only make angry voters more eager to show up in November to defeat the lying Democrats.
    There has not been one arrest of a Tea Party activist to my knowledge. Not one Tea Party protest has had to be borken up by poliice or turned into a riot. They are angry and they want to be heard.
    They will be heard in November and the Democrats will not be heard from again.
    The Democrat and liberal progressive media make me sick to my stomach with their rehortic. They are posion to America.

    March 26, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Daniel

    I dare someone to research who got more money from the insurance companies in the last 5 years. You might be surprised you ignorant liberals.

    And the scary tea party signs. So much more than the unruly protests that bash windows, tip over cars, and light stuff on fire. We should be very afraid of the 80 year old ladies.

    March 26, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Andrew

    They said no to Obama – Obama won 2008

    They said no to Sonya Sotomayor – Sonya won

    They said no to Obama's foreign policy – Obama got Nobel

    They said no to Healthcare Bill – Bill passed

    They say no to everything – They fail every time

    They are Losers.

    March 26, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. Ray

    Spitting on a Congressman and calling him the N-word, if those are signs of the times, then we're in a mess of trouble ... again.

    March 26, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. Allen in Hartwell GA

    It isn't just the Republican leadership fanning the flames. Every hate radio mouthpiece out here has been inciting the masses. And their audience has been eating it up, as evidenced by the calls and the actions of the more aggressive.
    Today, however, the hate mouthpiece out of Atlanta was preaching the new talking point – get even by voting, not by showing how mean and nasty you could be. I guess the hate host figured out that they were making things worse rather than better. But it ain't good for ratings, so they'll probably be back to preaching hate next week.

    March 26, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. Lynne WA state

    Correct me if I'm wrong, because heaven knows I am not great at higher math...but aren't there more democrats in DC right now? and didn't more of them vote for the health care reform bill than did republicans? Doesn't that mean that the majority in the country voted for democrats? So how can Republicans be the majority???

    My answers...
    1) this is some strange algebra equation
    2) they are just made that they are not in the majority and are trying to make themselves feel better by saying they are
    3) they are delusional and need to be medicated.

    March 26, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. Susan

    These people do not speak for me......more people are becoming more for this Health Care Bill and we are only a few days of it passing......given a little more time the Majority will tell the minority right wing Tea Baggers to shut up........come Novermber you guys are really going to be Angry when the economy is better, unemployment going down, Health Care in place, what will you do then when you continue to lose more seats than the Democrats? Because your actions of Hate and Anger and Lies is taking you one wants people like you or people who believe like you to be in we will show you again in November that CONSERVATVE is OUT and COMMON SENSE DEMORCRATS ARE INNNNNNNN..

    March 26, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. Jin

    More like the WHINE of the times.

    March 26, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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