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Tea Party Protest Organizers Target Health-Care Reform

By Kimberly Kindy
The organizers who brought the Tax Day Tea Party to cities around the nation this spring recruited thousands of protesters Saturday afternoon to anti-health care reform rallies staged in front of at least 100 Congressional district offices.

Attendance was spotty, but at some sites, hundreds of protesters marched for hours waving American flags, holding signs that said "Don't Stick Me With Your Health Care" and sending live Twitter feeds from their locations.

The event, called the National Recess Rally, was meant to counter efforts at town hall meetings held by members of Congress and by President Obama where lawmakers have tried to generate support for the reform during the summer recess.

"People just want government to stay out of their health care," said Eric Odom, executive director of American Liberty Alliance, one the groups that organized Saturday's rallies. "It was very little about the cost and more about government intrusion."

At many protest sites Saturday only a handful of people showed up or no one was in attendance, including the selected locations closest to the White House and the Capitol: The National Press Club and the district office for Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-Washington DC) on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

The largest crowds were in Obama's home state of Illinois, where organizers reported more than 1,000 people collectively showed up at two protest sites.

American Liberty Alliance is urging those opposed to health-care reform proposals -- particularly ones that offer a public option -- to send e-mail and letters to Republican senators over the next two weeks, asking them to vow to stop any government-lead efforts to change health care when they return from their summer break.

Conversely, several grassroots organizations in favor of health care reform are also organizing during the recess to apply pressure to Democrats, asking for a public commitment from them to reject any reforms that fail to include a public option.

Democracy for America, a liberal group founded by former Vermont governor Howard Dean, sent an e-mail to supporters on Saturday morning announcing they have collected 400,000 signatures from Americans for a petition that demands members of Congress include the public option. More than 10,000 volunteers hand delivered copies of the petition to Congressional offices last week.

"Congress got the message," Arshad Hasan, executive director of Democracy for America, said in her e-mail. "At least 64 House Democrats have pledged to vote against any bill without a public option."

Posted at 6:19 PM ET on Aug 22, 2009  | Category:  Health Care
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"People just want government to stay out of their health care," said Eric Odom, executive director of American Liberty Alliance, one the groups that organized Saturday's rallies. "It was very little about the cost and more about government intrusion."

So all you seniors and tea baggers (and everyone else) note that the American Liberty Alliance wants to ELIMINATE MEDICARE, the best single payer, government health care financing organization we have. Very bad move.

Posted by: bystander3 | August 25, 2009 2:39 PM

Posted by: mcmxl | August 25, 2009 5:49 AM

I've been watching reports about the tea party people. I think they have been ingesting more than tea. What a bunch of crazies.

Posted by: oldwoman | August 24, 2009 10:17 PM

The Taliban Terrorists that Jeff Sessions talked about are hard at work undermining this country!

Posted by: asclepious2 | August 24, 2009 9:07 PM

In reading many of the comments, most of you who are for a Nationalized healthcare plan, have no idea of the consequences all of us would get if this ever happened. Health Care would not be improved, it would be the way of the past. Canada & Great Britain's is not a tolerable system you would want for yourselves. Why do so many of them come to the United States for the healthcare they can not receive in their own country?
There are many other ways to provide better healthcare for our people that a government run system. But, many of you are buying into this plan that many of these Congressman refuse to take the time to even read. Have you read the H.R.3200? I have printed this document....I know I do not want this for myself or my family or friends.
For all of you calling names about the Tea Party.....I have joined because I beleive in Freedom of Choice. I am not paid by anyone, nor do I pack a gun. I am not given pre-printed signs by any organization. So, you are under a mis-conception on who we are. We are American Citizens voicing our views, we are getting off of couches and no longer being silent. We care for our country and the values we have always lived with. We support the US Constitution....we do not need it re-written by a few bandits to take our liberties away from us!

Posted by: azstormy | August 24, 2009 8:21 PM

The Tea Party miscreants very much sully the original colonists who put their lives on the line to stand up to the despot, King George. They do the early American patriots a great disfavor. When these zealots wake up and find the extent to which they've been duped, they will be remiss. Ask any of them about the $trillion plus that the insurance companies paid to the lobbyists, and they suddenly change their stripes . . .

Posted by: robjen116 | August 24, 2009 8:06 PM

Tea Party Protest Organizers are Machiavellian insurgents. Their sole purpose is to create discord by deception and trickery. They are aiding and abetting if not employed by the corporations that control the Republicon Party. Their ulltimate goal is to replace our democratic government with a neoconservative dictatorship.

Posted by: marrobcastle | August 24, 2009 6:48 PM

TEA PARTY Nuts Plan Massive Sedition and Terrorism

It is not like they are even concealing their plans for early September 2009. Using ever-increasing violent words and verbal imagery isn't enough, now they are hosting events like LEADED TEA PARTY (bring your guns). Their paymasters have objected about showing the hand so openly and the Florida Chapter of Americans For Prosperity had to cancel their LEADED TEA PARTY at a private MEDICAL COMPANY gun shooting range.

Still, their logos are filled with "minuteman images" carrying guns, and they are showing their real loaded guns at intimidation posturing at town halls frightening, hey TERRORIZING, their neighbors with the threat of sudden massacres at any minute. Whipped into an unthinking-froth by subversive talk show hosts, they now think of themselves as "Fox Nation" first, Americans second.

Posted by: know1 | August 24, 2009 4:17 PM

Enough with the hysteria of the Tea Party protestors and those who shout down speakers at townhall meetings. Enough with myths, misstatements of what's actually in the bills, enough with fearmongering and showing up at rallies waving AK 47s or 357 Magnums.
We need intelligent discussion based on real facts, honest assessment of our hodgepodge of healthcare systems,an unflinching look at the best in other countries' systems (France, Australia, among others).
The naked truth appears to be from projections I've seen is that we will ALL go broke over healthcare in 5-10 years if something isn't fixed NOW! Exactly how to fix it we can all debate--and should--but that it needs to be fixed is way past being open to dispute.
And the tawdry way Insurance companies and their execs and stockholders have gotten filthy rich over insuring the healthy and dropping the disease-challenged like hot potatoes ought to be a splash of cold water in the eye of the most dedicated conservatives out there.
Can we all just WAKE UP AND SMELL THE FRIGGIN' COFFEE?!? The country is urgently in need of healthcare reform and thank God it's happening.
John Patrick Grace
Huntington, WV

Posted by: publishersplace | August 24, 2009 4:04 PM

its surprising how many fall for the government run single payer health care crap the democrats are trying to push, cant believe that with the track record like the postal service. education, transportation ,even cash for clunkers was a disaster. there list of thousands of wasteful programs. and the trillions of dollars of dept, not one government program that runs without running into mismanagement, waste, and pork. they cannot be trusted with anything more then maybe a hot dog stand, and i think they could screw that up

Posted by: getsix1 | August 24, 2009 3:10 PM

can some one tell me why the free loaders of the world cant pay there own way

Posted by: getsix1 | August 24, 2009 2:52 PM

In our home town of about 55,000 they had about 200 come out for the free dounuts and coffee and half price ice cream. Of course they had to carry the signs passed out by the local republican party. These was the die hards who think Hannity and Drugball is on the same level as God.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | August 24, 2009 2:36 PM

Will one person in the crowd please tell me why the insurance companies and the republican party is spending over a million dollars a month to stop any kind of health care reform????? Believe me people it is not for your benefit so you are being used just as the Bush Adm. used you to promote his war. Where is the republican health care reform, they had 8 years. Oh!, I remember McCain said give them more tax cuts. O.M.G.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | August 24, 2009 2:21 PM

I really wonder why anyone would oppose a national health care system. Aside from ludicrous talking points purveyed by those with profits to lose, there is absolutely no down side to a national system of health care. We all save money by not subsidizing catastrophic care that should be averted by preventative care, or caught early enough to treat effectively. More savings accrue by not needing health riders on auto and home insurance. The nation becomes healthier and stronger. Business becomes more competitive in a global economy. Why even the debate?

Posted by: rjbunny | August 24, 2009 1:46 PM

A 93 year old friend of mine died recently. Her last years were awfully difficult. Despite being admitted to the hospital twice, she could not get a home visit from a nurse even once a month to monitor her health or prescribe medications that might have made her more comfortable. She did not have long term care insurance, and was unable to navigate the confusing ‘donut’ private insurance medicare supplements. We need a national health care system now. Before any other very aged persons have to endure this horrible system. It is a cruel country that does not provide basic health services to it’s citizens.

Posted by: rjbunny | August 24, 2009 1:42 PM

The nation has repeatedly been told of late that if Obama and his crew in Congress do not get their way regarding health care, they will use the "reconciliation" provision (the nuclear option) to ram it through. If that happens there will indeed be a nuclear explosion, with the mushroom clouds spreading far and wide. Then Obama will certainly be a one-term president, and the Democrats will loose big time in 2010 and beyond. Say no to Obamacare!

Posted by: Tommypie | August 24, 2009 12:33 PM

History shall remember the tea party and its organizers as the partisan obstructionist they were.

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | August 24, 2009 11:04 AM

If the Tea Party organizers are so few and spotty as indicated in the article, why can't Congress pass its Health Care Reform package? Could be that the legislatures who are representing the people are not listening to their constituents? (including Democrats and Independents)???

Posted by: SeniorVet | August 24, 2009 10:53 AM

I find it interesting that Howard Dean has 400,000 signatures to send to Congress. I just wonder who pushed it, by any chance was it ACORN, who ran around to get the signatures in support of public funded health care?
I do not want a government run health care program....I do not want to lose my choices or freedoms that is protected under the U.S. Constitution. All of you who are buying in on what Obama and his cronies have been doing to this country, our either blind or have not thinking capabilities.
History sure does repeat itself...remember Germany and Hitler & his Nazi's, they did not believe in personal freedoms for people either. Oh My....God Bless America....and I mean God Bless us all!

Posted by: azstormy | August 24, 2009 10:49 AM

Watching from up here in Canada,the U.S. health-care debate would be purely comic were it not so sad and ugly.

Canadians have a single-payer, public health-care system that costs about 9% of GDP, while Americans have system that leaves millions unable to afford health-care and costs about 15% of GDP.

Posted by: GaryPeschell | August 24, 2009 10:09 AM

Watching the health-care debate in the U.S. from up here in Canada would be great comic entertainment were it not so ugly and tragic.

Canadians have a single-payer, public health care system for about 9% of GDP which (based on 35 years of observation and experience) seems to work fine, while Americans have a health care system that costs about 15% of GDP and leaves tens of millions unable to afford health care.

Posted by: GaryPeschell | August 24, 2009 10:06 AM

What's up this week in the healthcare legislature debate will be the recalculated deficit projection of 9 trillion dollars. I watched Joe Lieberman on CNN's "State of the Nation" call for a halt or slow down on pushing the legislature through Congress based upon the deficit numbers knowingly trying to obstruct progress.

With solid healthcare reform we will curb costs, create new jobs and serve the unserved. I see the reform as a win, win situation. Just by using common sense, we know more jobs will be created in the healthcare profession, suppliers of medical equipment will see an increase in sales, every facet of the industry will have to focus on efficiency and productivity.
I wish President Obama would address the nation on the economic stimulus that is inherent in the legislature.

Posted by: clarity2 | August 24, 2009 3:08 AM

You guys can make fun of the Town Hall and Tea Party crowd all you want... but the truth is these folks have completely dominated the discussion and knocked Obama and his cronies back on their *ss. - Your Anti ObamaCare H.Q.

Posted by: FRedStatescom | August 24, 2009 2:16 AM

Yeah, but newagent99, they showed up at *two* separate sites! That would make about .04% of Illinois at each site! Whooo-whoo!

Why, that's a Pauci-Tea! Verging on Triviali-Tea!

Posted by: nodebris | August 23, 2009 11:22 PM

"The largest crowds were in Obama's home state of Illinois, where organizers reported more than 1,000 people collectively showed up at two protest sites.
wow! 1000 people out of one of America's largest city.

There's more people in line at the starbucks in the city.

Posted by: newagent99 | August 23, 2009 9:06 PM

I like it, ryan_heart.

They'll be selling Profani-Teas and Inani-Teas to Non-Enti-Teas!

Posted by: nodebris | August 23, 2009 9:05 PM

I am amaized that you tea baggers are still believing the lies you are being told!!!

What are you afraid of?

An honest & open debate must scare you to death!!! I mean it must keep you up at night watching the Fox (lier) news channel.

You need to get some sleep because you are acting worse then a 2 year old child who does not want to go to bed at night.

Grow up and act like adults!!

Adults can have a HONEST & open debate about many grownup things. Now if this debate is too much for you to understand (because you are sleep deprived) then point your browser to and read the FACTS!!!

Then get some rest and let the adults talk big people talk!!

Posted by: imZandor | August 23, 2009 3:40 PM

If you're a "Partier" and you want to find out how your leaders (like Eric Odom) are leading you down the wrong path, see this:

Note that, while I disagree with libertarian loons, my focus is more on the technique (stunts and street protests) that your leaders are pushing. Your leaders aren't smart enough to suggest that you do things in a more effective way.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | August 23, 2009 3:00 PM

The largest crowds were in Obama's home state of Illinois, where organizers reported more than 1,000 people collectively showed up at two protest sites.

A 1000 people in Chicago- wow.
Hundreds of thousands of people protested against the Iraq war and that didn't mean squat yet a few thousand people potest health care reform and everyone is suppose to sit up and pay attention.
What a joke!

Posted by: lasker1895 | August 23, 2009 11:15 AM

Lots of people are still mislead and misinform, still never learn, if you remember it right, health care reform was first introduced by Pres. Clinton and it was defeated by the same greedy politicians, and companies in the pretext that their plan is much better the the Universal Health Plan of the Clintons. What happened after that? Is the health, care, and the premiums got better? I think you can answer that yourself.

Health care reform is one of the reason why President Obama is our President now. People are sick and tired of the abuses of the same people that created the mess, and defeated at the expense of the people, serving faithfully the companies that make them rich.

NOw, here they are again, trying to mislead, and misinformed again the people, trying to scare out the people again. Public Options is the people only way out to have a leverage against the greedy companies. In the first place there will be no health reform if our present health care system is not a failure.

Wake Up people,,dont let anybody used you, for their evil purpose.

God Bless America

Posted by: alvin1435 | August 23, 2009 11:06 AM

My mother, Evelyn Calvert, experienced hell in a Sun Healthcare nursing home:

I found out on a surprise visit to the facility that even with double pneumonia they forced her up and dressed by 5:30am and made to sit in her wheelchair in the hallway waiting for the dining room doors to open at 8:00 am, b cuz SUN understaffed and simply put, 5-7 CNAs that arrive at 7am cannot dress 59 patients in one hour. Thirsty? Back in an hour; Need bathroom? Not enuf help to walk u to toilet, we use diapers here -if you weren't bedridden when u arrived u will be when u leave; Hungry? great food; Need a Dr? Call 911; Fever? Sorry r thermometers broke; Hot? HVAC condemned by State; Cold? HVAC broke; Can't breathe? No Ventiliation? Did I mention the HVAC is condemned? BTW ur oxygen ran out -no staff to monitor or system set up sorry; Looks like you had a stroke! r b/p monitors broke, now u'll never swallow again; opps you contracted MRSA from us -so sorry now you die.

Sun cheated the Calverts out of a wrongful death compensation with gross negligence worth about $3 Million, when in mediation, Sun gave Daniel Leipold threats to relay to the Calverts forcing them to sign away their rights to sue further and accept only a charge of fraud under duress and intimidation.

Deborah Calvert successfully sued Daniel Leipold for malpractice and he died 2 weeks later.

The board of directors of SUN has recently been made aware of the possible criminal conduct by officers.

Posted by: DeborahCalvert | August 23, 2009 8:53 AM

The only meaningful "tea bag" party I've seen recently was in November 06 and November of 08.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | August 23, 2009 7:45 AM

Computer-controlled censorship is really fun! "It ain't what you say, it's the way what you say it!"

Posted by: thrh | August 23, 2009 3:01 AM

"Come alive! You're in the V**** generation!"

This post was rejected when I spelled out the full V-word [a Pfizer product]. Pfizer should sue the Post for.... Something or other....

It would just be fun to watch the despicable mudsucking swine have at one another.

Posted by: thrh | August 23, 2009 3:00 AM

"Come alive! You're in the V**** generation!"

This post was renected when I spelled out the full V-word [a Pfizer product]. Pfizer should sue the Post for.... Something or other....

It would just be fun to watch the despicable mudsucking swine have at one another.

Posted by: thrh | August 23, 2009 2:59 AM

Come alive! You're in the V**** generation!

Posted by: thrh | August 23, 2009 2:56 AM

Masturbatory senescence!

Posted by: thrh | August 23, 2009 2:44 AM

"'Tis true, the stuff I bring for sale/ Is not so brisk a brew as ale./ Out of a stem that scored a hand/ I wrung it in a weary land."


Posted by: thrh | August 23, 2009 2:43 AM

It's the Cialis Generation [not to use the forbidden V-word] who can't believe they can't get it up any more. So they're reliving their adolescence otherwise. Teabagging, anyone?

Posted by: thrh | August 23, 2009 2:40 AM

"Must have been my reference by brand name to a drug produced by Pfizer that encourages erections in those who ore too old and sick and stupid to have erections."

Yup, that was it! The censors are bluenosing the V-word! Pfizer should sue!

Posted by: thrh | August 23, 2009 2:18 AM


I wonder what it was that got my two previous posts reviewed by the Powers that be: a reference to guns, or a reference to Harleys, or a reference to walkers?

Posted by: thrh |"

Must have been my reference by brand name to a drug produced by Pfizer that encourages erections in those who ore too old and sick and stupid to have erections.

Posted by: thrh | August 23, 2009 2:17 AM

I wonder what it was that got my two previous posts reviewed by the Powers that be: a reference to guns, or a reference to Harleys, or a reference to walkers?

Posted by: thrh | August 23, 2009 2:13 AM

"Amazing how many people believe the lies and distortions generated by the insurance companies and the GOP Congressional members in their pockets.

Posted by: owlafaye "

Not really surprising, when that's all the media gives them....

Posted by: thrh | August 23, 2009 2:09 AM


The foot soldiers in the ginned-up street theater of teabaggers and town hall rabble-rousers don't have to be paid by lobbyists who are providing logistical support and public relations muscle to their supposedly spontaneous grassroots uprising.

Many, if not most, of them appear to be affiliated with, and thus subsidized by, FEDERALLY-FUNDED volunteer community policing and "anti-terrorism" corps...

...the same stormtrooper vigilantes that comprise a highly organized American Gestapo that works covertly with a secretive executive branch "multi-agency coordinated action program" to violate the civil and human rights of unjustly "targeted" neighbors...

...making a mockery of the rule of law.

And victims report that silent, high-tech microwave/laser "directed energy weapons" are being used to TORTURE and degrade the health of the unjustly targeted.

Yes, TORTURE. In America. Enabled by a covert executive branch multi-agency "action" that's operating below Team Obama's radar -- an American SS.

Bottom line: President Obama's agenda appears to be the target of a campaign of political sabotage aided and abetted by a secretive executive branch "multi-agency coordinated action program" that operates below the radar of Team Obama, Congress, the judiciary, and the mainstream media.

Read the story that the mainstream media cannot or will not tell:

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

See "GESTAPO USA" at ("stream" or "stories" list).

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 22, 2009 10:27 PM

We see alot of pictures of the president as a joker at these protest...have you seen the "Conservative Joker Picture" guess who is the 1st conservative joker? check it out @ all fair in love and war1

Posted by: catlitterpolitics | August 22, 2009 8:56 PM

Conservatives live in a world all their own but then again, that's the way they like it.

Posted by: dijetlo | August 22, 2009 8:55 PM

Stupidi-Tea Party...

Posted by: ryan_heart | August 22, 2009 7:59 PM

insani-Tea party maybe...

Posted by: ryan_heart | August 22, 2009 7:57 PM

Amazing how many people believe the lies and distortions generated by the insurance companies and the GOP Congressional members in their pockets.

Posted by: owlafaye | August 22, 2009 7:52 PM

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