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.

Do you believe the Health Care Reform Bill, as it is currently written, should pass Congress?

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  • by Mario Location: Walnut Creek on Mar 22, 2010 at 08:28 AM
    The health care bill was passed with estimates from the CBO that the bill will reduce the national debt. In order to pay for the health care bill, the Congress will have to pass billions of dollars of new taxes to pay for it. The imposed new 3.8 surcharge on people who make over 250k per year is only on their investments, and not salary. The democratic party just sold the american people a bill that we all will be paying more taxes. The states will now have to pay for more state medical need without any help from the Federal Government. In the future, we all be paying more for taxes both state and federal. This bill will actualy raise the national debt. Besides, nobody in Congress has read the bill they voted on. The penalty for not taking the goverment health care is $650.00 or 2.5% of your income which ever is greater. I have read the first 500 pages of the bill, and the governmnet will have to higher more IRS agents to enforce the health care penalty. The government spending money.
  • by Chuckles Location: Lauderdale County on Mar 21, 2010 at 03:16 PM
    When you rob Peter to pay Paul, of course you are always going to get Paul's support. It's easy to tell the moochers on here.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2010 at 02:32 PM
    The "poor,sick,disabled and elderly" already have health care. It's called Medicaid and Medicare. Obama and congressional Democrats want to rule your life. This is about controlling you and your money, because they don't want you to have freedom to make your own choices. They're hiring 16,000 new IRS agents to help Big Brother Obama watch you. Congratulations.
  • by joe Location: meridian on Mar 21, 2010 at 02:12 PM
    Well, it looks like the health care reform will pass and this will be the GOPs Waterloo, instead of the President's. The American people will finally get affordable health care. Way to go Democrats for thinking about the poor,sick,disabled and elderly...
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2010 at 11:49 PM
    Has anyone noticed, the Tea Party group have no blacks, Hispanics or Minorities in it??? It is made up of hateful prejudice old whites that look like they can afford the high price insurance premiums. Why are these people so prejudice against the working poor, disabled, sick and elderly??? According to most people of this group, they are against anyone that is poor and that can not pay the rip-off insurance companies for their high priced policies. If people haven't noticed, Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the Union and their people need help on health care. When 59,000 NUNS sign their names supporting the Health Care Reform and send the petition to the President wanting it, then maybe these Tea Bag people should stand up and take notice. Hopefully the American people will have help, very soon, with health care. I hope all of the people that are less fortunate that Me and the tea baggers get the help from the President....
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2010 at 08:17 PM
    Doesnt matter how tired you are about paying for certain things. The fact is that your tax dollars will always be a contributing factor so just deal with it.
  • by drearywonderer on Mar 19, 2010 at 03:41 PM
    Dont be mad.....Two more days to go!
  • by Chuckles Location: Lauderdale County on Mar 19, 2010 at 11:39 AM
    I'm tired of paying for people who refuse to work and take care of themselves. All this supposed reform bill will do is tax the middle class more to pay for the moochers. I'm sorry if it hurts your feelings that I don't support the socialist in chief.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2010 at 08:16 AM
    Do I detect anger from "Chuckles" and Anonymous on Mar 18,2010 at 07:23 AM? Who wanted president Bush to fail? Even though many people didn't agree with President Bush, no one wanted him to fail because we all fail. You sound angry because you think some people are getting something for nothing, handouts, etc. There should be AFFORDABLE health care for all. Affordable doesn't mean free, it means health care that working people can afford without having to work three jobs. Instead of being angry, why not offer solutions (not sprew venom) where federal monies can be used wisely and not on "moochers"?
  • by Chuckles Location: Lauderdale county on Mar 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM
    Your ilk had no problem with wanting to see the last president fail. As far as the supposed health care reform bill, the only people that want it are the moochers. The ones who won't have to pay for it in the first place.
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