Tea Party Groups Oppose Democrats' Health Care Bill

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Congressional Democrats continue to negotiate details on a massive health care bill to get passage in the House of Representatives. But there is much public opposition to the bill.

Members of Tea Party groups across the country and here in Lauderdale County say they are angry over the latest proposal by some Democrats to push the health care legislation through to the White House.

This proposal wouldn't require legislators to actually vote on it. The idea is to vote on a rule for debate and not the actual U.S. Senate bill, which a number of House Democrats dislike.

The rule would say the Senate bill would be deemed to have passed even without a formal vote, once a smaller package of fixes is also passed.

Paul Tarver of MeridianTeaParty.com calls this 'slimy'.

"The truth of the matter is, they wouldn't be trying this if they had the votes," said Tarver. "If they had the votes, they would take it in the light of day and they would vote it up or vote it down. So it has left people with a very sour taste in our mouth because they aren't playing by the rules we are all asked to play by."

As they have for the last year, Tea Party members are working to make sure Americans are kept informed about these developments, flooding lawmakers' offices with phone calls and emails until the very last minute.

So far, Tarver said he believes the group's mission is working. He believes awareness is at a high.

"This is a last gasp of that old monarchy that just did as they pleased," Tarver said. "And hopefully, enough people have their eyes on the game that they won't be able to get away with this."

The president is pushing Congress to pass the bill before the Easter break.


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