10,000 chant wildly to Congress: ‘Hands off health care,’ ‘Kill the bill’
By Anita Crane and Chelsea Schilling
WASHINGTON – A crowd of at least 10,000 descended on the Capitol today to protest the trillion-dollar health-care bill and storm the halls of congressional office buildings.
With less than a week’s notice to prepare for the event, the throng steadily grew as buses unloaded for an “Emergency House Call on Congress” to stop the House from passing the bill.
A group of legislators led by Reps. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., hosted the emergency town-hall meeting to protest the House Democrats’ nearly 2,000-page bill, which is projected to cost at least $1.1 trillion.
Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said he expects the House take the final version to the floor on Saturday.
But thousands of enthusiastic Americans packed the Capitol grounds, chanting loudly: “Hands off our health care,” and “You work for us!” They called, “Nancy Nancy,” urging the House speaker to emerge from the Capitol. …
The ralliers arrived as early as 8:30 a.m., coming by bus, car and plane from from all across the country, including states such as California, Oregon, Washington, Ohio, Iowa, New Jersey, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky and Texas.Many attendees wore patriotic clothing, waved U.S. and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags and carried signs that read, “You lie,” “No socialistic health care” and “Politicians lie, patients die.” Others came straight from work, wearing business suits.
Patsy Bailey, a protester at the rally from Durwood, Md., told WND she believes lawmakers should be subject to their own health-care plan.
“Nobody knows what’s in the bill,” she said. “Are they going to sign up for this?” …
Chiropractor Andy Daniele of Farmington, N.J., and friend Kevin Stafford of Eatontown drove to the Capitol wearing T-shirts that read, “Liberty equals limited government” and “VA! NJ! DC next!”
|Chiropractor Andy Daniele of Farmington, N.J., and friend Kevin Stafford of Eatontown. (Copyright 2009 Anita Crane)|
“I just came hoping they don’t mess things up too much,” Daniele said. “I’m looking to see how long it would take for Sarah Palin to fix this mess.”
Stafford brought his 6-year-old son to the rally.
“I’m here to protest the loss of the land of opportunity for my son,” he said. …
Cal and Frank Pasqua drove to Washington from Brooklyn, N.Y., with the rest of their family. Cal, a musician who travels the world, played “Amazing Grace” on his bagpipes.
“We’re here mainly protesting the amount of spending that this government is doing around the world,” he said. “We’re highly against any unconstitutional wars. And, unfortunately, through the Federal Reserve system, we have a system that is printing money out of thin air.”
Cal continued, “It just seems to be a non-stop cycle of spending – even funding this bill today – there’s no money. I think this is just a distraction from something bigger. Of course, we need health care, but this bill isn’t congruent with my friends or my family. The American people don’t believe in this.”
Frank agreed with his brother, saying they both would like to see the end of the Federal Reserve.
|Brothers Cal and Frank Pasqua of Brooklyn would like an audit of the Fed. (Copyright 2009 Anita Crane)|
David Medley came from Louisville, Ky., with his friend, Robin Becker. Medley said he’s totally against the health bill and government-run health care.
“But the main thing is abortion funding,” he said. “I’m doing this for my kids and grandkids.” …
“I’m here to stop the raffle and get my country back,” she said. Hessie Harris of Silver Spring, Md., accused Congress of trying to “raffle off the country.”
After this story was published, Capitol Police told me they estimated some 20,000 people were there. Read more @ http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=115126