Pelosi, Hoyer: Healthcare Protests 'Un-American'

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Many members of Congress spent the weekend confronting voter anger and confusion over President Barack Obama's healthcare plan.

At the same time, the two top leaders in the House say what the loudest dissenters are doing is "un-American."

From coast to coast, lawmakers are facing big crowds and hearing from voters with strong feelings.

"I'm a very, very scared citizen," one woman said at a protest.

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"I don't want some government bureaucrat telling me what kind of care I am going to get down the road," Jay Folk, another protest, said.

Congressional Democrats insist that healthcare legislation is coming this fall, and
President Obama told his weekend radio audience that national health care is key to the economic recovery.

In the meantime, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and majority leader Steny Hoyer took aim at some of the plan's most vocal town hall critics in a USA Today editorial Monday.

"These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views, but of the facts themselves," they wrote.  "Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American."

Some in Congress say the dissent is created by insurance and drug companies.

"It's not lost on me how badly the health insurance industry and the big drug companies do not want health reform," said Rep. Kathy Castor, D-FL.

Still, GOP leaders say the fear factor from the Democrats' plan is understandable.

"About half of the estimated cost of this is being underwritten by cuts in Medicare, which may explain why you have an awful lot of angry people showing up at these town meetings already," said Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.  "And my suspicion is that will probably happen throughout August."

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