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Bachmann calls for protest gathering on health care

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is calling on Americans to come to Washington, D.C., on Thursday to protest health care reform.

“This is our liberty and tyranny moment. This is it,” Bachmann said during an appearance on Fox’s “Hannity” program Friday. “This is about patriotism and manning up. And if we can get Americans literally by the busload to come to Washington, D.C., next week… [w]e’ll stop this.”

Bachmann, along with other Republicans, will be holding a “town hall” outside the Capitol Thursday to protest the health-care reform legislation, which House Democrats are expected to bring to the floor for a vote by the end of this week.

“The American people need to stand up again and make sure that Congress hears them this time,” Bachmann said in a statement, which attempted to invoke the momentum that Republicans gained in town hall meetings this August.  “Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi is putting her bill on fast track to a vote — and it remains to be seen if the House will even get a chance to vote on the commonsense Republican alternatives.  The people need to make a House Call on Washington this week and tell their Representatives to vote no to a government take-over of one-fifth of our economy.  This is gangster government at its worst.”

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Robert Moffitt on 11/02/2009 - 08:53 am.

    In spite of whatever noise Rep. Bachmann and her fans might make, the outcome of this bill in the House is not in question. The deal, if it happens, will be made in the Senate, not the House.

  2. Submitted by Howard Miller on 11/02/2009 - 01:03 pm.

    “This is about patriotism and manning up.” quote of Rep. Bachmann from article above.

    Weird. I thought that health care reform was about revising expensive and not-always effective health care so that it is affordable and so more people are covered.

    But no, this is about what it means to be a man … coming from Mrs. Bachmann no less. Not a lot of advance notice for getting to her rally. But would a real man let short notice trip him up?

  3. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 11/02/2009 - 01:20 pm.

    Since insurance industry lobbyists helped write the Senate Finance bill to assure their continued-into-infinity power to raise premium prices and profits every year, what in the world is Bachmann objecting to?

  4. Submitted by Aubrey Immelman on 11/03/2009 - 06:42 am.

    It should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Bachmann’s political career that she would go on national television to call on supporters to descend on Washington, invade the halls of Congress “at high noon” to protest health care reform, and confront members of Congress, looking “at the whites of their eyes.”

    Bachmann pulled similar publicity stunts five years ago while crusading in the Minnesota state Senate for a Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions.

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