WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has postponed his plan to visit the capitol Friday in order to lobby Congress on health care reform.
Instead, he'll visit the hill on Saturday when House lawmakers are planning to vote on a $1.2 trillion health care bill.
The president's decision comes one day after thousands of Americans showed up in Washington to speak out against the liberal plan.
Protestor: 'This is Not Europe'
A sea of Americans converged in Washington Thursday, traveling from as far as California, Texas and Oregon to rally against a health care plan they say tramples on their constitutional rights.
"It's not going be between me and my patients anymore. There's going to be bureaucrats that we have to answer to and instead of giving them the care that they need they're going to get the care that the government wants them to have," said Heather Winn, an Ohio nurse.
South Carolina resident John Hutto said, "I am here basically taking a day out of my income to basically support God and country."
The idea was to take the town hall meetings that dominated the August recess to Washington to send Democrats a message.
"We are America, we are not Europe," South Carolina resident Dora Capell said. "If they want to live in Europe let them move to Europe. We are America and we are free."
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said the protests brought him to tears.
"It really does. Here's the capitol, there's the Washington Monument and here are real God fearing, God loving, Constitution loving, freedom loving Americans that have come from all over this country," he said.
Almost every member of the House Republican conference addressed the crowd and Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., made everyone a promise.
"I will guarantee you that we are committed to making sure that not one Republican will vote for this bill," Cantor said.
Displeased with the legislation, conservative radio talk show personality and author Mark Levin threw the nearly 2,000 page bill on the ground.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, says Democrats aren't being honest about what's in the bill.
"Folks you've got to read this bill cause it's the only way that you can overcome the fact that Joe Wilson was right," Gohmert said.
The rally comes at a critical time for health care legislation in the House as many pro-life Democrats continue to be wary of legislation they say would allow tax payer dollars to be used to fund abortions.
"If we pass this health bill, we will be paying for more abortions, more children will die, more Americans will die," Michigan resident Margaret Lynott said.
After the rally, opponents of the bill scattered across Capitol Hill to make what they dubbed emergency house calls to their congressmen urging them to vote against the legislation.
Some supporters of the bill were arrested inside of Sen. Joe Lieberman's, I-Conn., office and pledged to stay in jail until he pledges to stop taking contributions from private insurance companies.
Meanwhile, time is ticking for both sides since a vote in the House is now just hours away.