PHOTOS: Asheville Tea Party on Health Care 110509
Here are the comments I gave at the Asheville Tea Party to Protest Healthcare Overhaul Thursday, November 5, 2009, at Rep. Shuler's Asheville Office
I want to read Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's call to action:
“The American people spoke loud and clear at town hall meetings all across the country throughout August. But, it would appear that Congress didn’t hear a word they had to say. The Democrats’ latest health care proposal unveiled late last week may be packaged a little differently, but it’s the same old bad bill as before.
“This bill is a trillion-dollar, budget-busting, government takeover of our health care system. It will put bureaucrats between people and their health care. It will lead to rationed care, hurting the most vulnerable amongst us first. It will break the bank, leaving our children to pay the bill with diminished freedoms and dwindling prosperity.
“The American people need to stand up again and make sure that Congress hears them this time. Speaker 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.
“I urge all Americans to come to Washington this Thursday. Come and meet up with your Representative and tell them that you want to control your health care.”
And that's why we're here today.
I want to ask you: Who does your Representative represent?
First, the party leadership;
Second, special interests;
Third, the lobbyists;
And last: You
We are here today to say, "You got it backwards. You got it wrong. We won't forget. And we won't forgive you and we won't give you another chance. This is your last chance!"
No Public Option!
The future of America is not socialism. We are here today to urge Rep. Shuler to get on the right side of history and vote down this monstrous insult to our Founding Fathers.