Thousands attends at a rally to protest the House of Representative Health Care Reform bill Thursday on the west capitol steps in Washington D.C.
Led by Representative Michelle Bachman(R-MN) who made the last minute announcement on the “Sean Hannity Program” on radio and repeated again on “Hannity” on FOX News Channel. The announcement spread like wildfire.
People in the crowd chanted “Kill the Bill, Kill the Bill” Speakers included Radio Talk Show host, Author and Former Chief of Staff to Attorney General Edwin Meese under President Ronald Reagan, Mark Levin. Representative Tom Price(R-GA; and Rep Bachman. Actors Jon Voight and John Ratzenberger also lent their voices.
“They’re going to listen,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who originally called for the rally. “The biggest voice in the United States is your voice.”
“Republicans are in the minority, but a minority in Congress plus the American people equals the majority,” Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., told Fox News Thursday.
Voight decried radical Chicago tactics” of the Obama Administration. While Ratzenberger warned about Socialism creeping in.
In addition the protest, the GOP members introduced their own version of the Health care reform which includes high risk pools, the ability to buy insurance across state lines. Keep cost down and is a fraction of what the Democrats bill costs. It would also cover 40 million people.
Democrats quickly denounced the plan. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said the GOP plan doesn’t force insurance companies from denying coverage to people who has pre-existing claims.”That’s a very big difference,” Pelosi told reporters Thursday.
On Wednesday, Pelosi spokesperson issued a statement blasted the Republicans. Nadeam Elshami said in a statement
“Bottom line: Americans lose and insurance companies win under the Republican plan,” he said.
Still Republicans still they have a chance of defeat House Democratic bill if the so-called blue dog Democrats vote against it. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told Fox News.
“A lot of Blue Dogs in this country are going to have a lot of ‘splaining to do back at home in their districts, where people do not want the health care that’s being peddled by this administration,” Steele said.
“They don’t want government control. They don’t want a government option.”