THE HEALTH WARS

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The plaza out­side the Supreme Court gets crowded on Tues­day. The Tea Party Pa­tri­ots, ac­com­pa­nied by Re­pub­li­can Reps. Michele Bach­mann, Mar­sha Black­burn, Steve King, Tim Mur­phy, Paul C. Broun, Louie Gohmert and Tom Price, as­sem­ble at the steps of the mighty court in hopes of per­suad­ing the jus­tices within to strike down Pres­i­dent Obama’s health care re­form law. A few hours later, con­cerned cit­i­zens from eight states ar­rive in Up­per Se­nate Park for the “Hands Off My Health Care Rally” or­ga­nized by Amer­i­cans for Pros­per­ity (AFP) and 21 in­ter­est or­ga­ni­za­tions. Among the

speak­ers: Re­pub­li­can Sens. Jim Demint, Pa­trick J. Toomey and Rand Paul of Ken­tucky , plus the afore­men­tioned Mrs. Bach­mann and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wis­con­sin.

“When we first an­nounced the rally, the re­sponse was fast and pow­er­ful. Obama’s health care law re­mains deeply un­pop­u­lar with AFP ac­tivists, and we have thou­sands join­ing us on Capi­tol Hill who wouldn’t miss a chance to let their voices be heard,” AFP Pres­i­dent Tim Phillips tells In­side the Belt­way. “Our mes­sage is that forc­ing Amer­i­can cit­i­zens to pur­chase any prod­uct is a vi­o­la­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion, and an of­fen­sive over­reach of gov­ern­ment power.”

The event will be live-streamed at 1 p.m. here: http://amer­i­cans­for­pros­per­ity.org. sup­port term lim­its.

And nat­u­rally, the high­est and low­est read­ings show a par­ti­san di­vide. The sur­vey of 1,152 reg­is­tered vot­ers found that 71 per­cent of Repub­li­cans sup­port the limit, com­pared with 55 per­cent of Democrats.

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