Opposition to Public Health Care Grows Louder

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WASHINGTON -- Americans on both sides of the abortion debate are preparing for battle.    

Health care legislation in both the House and Senate allows the federal funding of abortions.

Currently, federal tax dollars are only used to fund abortions in limited circumstances like rape, incest or danger to the mother.

But government insurance included in the health care bills would cover "abortion on demand."

It's just one of the issues that's making the legislation more divisive.

Click play for comments on the concern of abortion funding in healthcare reform with Susan Muskett of National Right to Life.

"We're gonna get this health care crammed down our throats no matter what we say or do about it," an angry protester said.
    
During a stop in Indiana on Wednesday, President Barack Obama renewed his pledged to pass reform with or without help from the GOP.

"I promise you, we will pass reform by the end of this year, because the American people need it," Obama said to applause. "The American people need some relief."

But public opposition is growing louder.

Two separate recent polls by NBC News and Fox News show more Americans think the president's proposal is a bad idea.

At a town hall meeting in Wisconsin held by Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Wis., someone in the crowd yelled "no government involvement" and received applause.

"It needs to be tweaked, but we don't need to overhaul the whole system," a concerned citizen said.

Democrats accuse Republicans of busing people to town hall meetings to protest.

And the White House is making a public appeal for people to report "fishy" information about health care -- a move Texas Sen. John Cornyn is condemning as "heavy handed."

He sent a letter to the White House asking the president to "cease the program immediately."

"I am not aware,"  he writes, "of any precedent for a president asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed 'fishy'..."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., responded to the public displays of outrage.

"In spite of the loud shrill voices trying to interrupt town hall meetings and just throw a monkey wrench into everything, we're going to continue to be positive," he said.

At this rate lawmakers are in for a long, hot August recess.

*Originally published August 6, 2009

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