THE HEALTH WARS
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.