Obamacare Opponents: Kill the Bill - Or Else

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CAPITOL HILL -- As the maneuvering goes on inside the U.S. Capitol to pass health care reform, protestors are raising their voices even more.

Tea Party partisans came to Capitol Hill with a specific mission: Track down their own congressmen and warn them to vote no on "Obamacare" this week or face angry voters come November.

"These are people whose psychology we want to own going into this so that we're the last thing they're thinking about as they go into vote," leading Tea Party organizer Brendan Steinhauser said of the congressmen. "And they remember the people who came from their districts and told them 'vote no or we're going to vote you out.'"

"Kill The Bill! Kill The Bill!"

But when they weren't waiting in lines to get into House office buildings, these opponents of the present health care legislation were gathering in impromptu groups, waving protest signs and occasionally launching into a chant of "Kill the Bill! Kill the Bill!"

They also rallied with a few of their favorite pro-Tea Party lawmakers in a park across from the Capitol building.

"They want you to think they've won this. They want you to think it's over. But they've got another thing coming," Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., said of House Democrats.

President Obama and congressional leaders have often said the American people will love health care reform once it's passed.

But Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., said to cheers from the rally crowd, "The American people know what's in the bill. We just don't want it."

Bottom of the Ninth

Bachmann told the reform opponents to keep up their efforts to sway their representatives, especially now as a vote is just days away.

"We are at the bottom of the ninth," she said.

Objections to Obamacare range from fears it will vastly expand abortion, it will ration care, possibly further wreck an already foundering economy, and be a massive growth of government.

Dr. Calvin Dykstra, an oncologist, came all the way from Spring Lake, Mich., to speak to his congressman and help organize reform opponents.

"My biggest concern is the power grab, the amount of power the government is going to have over the lives of Americans by taking control over another one-sixth of the American economy," he said.

Karen Peters, a conservative blogger from Charlevoix, Mich., agreed, saying, "This is all about government control and power over America."

Debbie and Tito Munoz are Tea Party activists in Dale City, Va. Debbie explained why she and her husband were on Capitol Hill Tuesday: "You can sit at home and be frustrated and let yourself be run ram-shod over by the government now or you can raise your voice."

Why Democrats Will Walk the Plank

Andrew Langer of the Institute for Liberty told CBN News at the Tea Party rally many Democrats deem it worth losing Congress and maybe the White House if it means government gets to permanently take control of the health care system.

"The fact is that this bill enlarges the size and scope of the federal bureaucracy," Langer stated. "It gives the Democrats a permanent structural advantage in terms of forming policy for the long term. And to these guys it's well worth it to go and walk the plank now and walk the plank for 2012 because it gets them so much more in the long term."

Many Obamacare opponents were already upset at backroom deals and maneuvers used to get health care reform as far as it's come.

But they were freshly outraged Tuesday as word spread House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is contemplating using what's known as "deem and pass" to get the controversial Senate health care bill through the House without shaky House members having to openly vote for it.

"They will stop at absolutely nothing to push through a bill that hasn't been voted on by the House and that the American people don't want," Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition said of House leaders.

"They don't have the votes, it appears, and so they're going to try and maneuver to get it passed," Lafferty continued. "And it's good because the American people are going to see the shenanigans that they're trying to pull."

Such "shenanigans" outraged Debbie Munoz.

"This is not the way we do things here," she said. "This is not Venezuela."

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