Health Care Protestors Refuse to Give Up

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Hundreds of citizen-opponents of the health care bill gathered on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, as the legislation faces a make or break vote in the House.

Top Democrats say they have the votes to pass the bill, which has many Tea Partiers and others concerned.

"[Opponents should] find their congressmen, whether they're at their desk, whether they're in the cafeteria getting lunch or hiding under their desk," said Tea Party organizer Brendan Steinhauser. "The point is to go and find these guys and say, 'For the last time, we want you to vote no on this bill.'"

"I am so fervently against a government takeover of our health care in America that I will not be able to look at my grandchildren in the eye in later years if this passes and I failed to come here to do my level best to do something to stop it," Michigan resident Karen Peters said at the protest.

Many of the protestors are upset over the possibility of House Democrats using a rule called "deeming." The method would essentially pass health care reform without the House actually voting on it.

For more insight on this, click play for comments from CBN News Washington Correspondent Jennifer Wishon.

Some opponents worry doctors will be forced to perform abortions.

"So the Catholic hospitals are very concerned and one-sixth of Americans are taken care of in Catholic hospitals," Dr. Calvin Dykstra explained.

At one protest rally, pro-Tea Party congressmen led the crowd in chants of "Kill the Bill!"

"The American people know what's in the bill," Rep. Mike Pence said. "We just don't want it."

Many are appalled at the backroom deals and parliamentary maneuvers they believe Democrats might use to pass the bill.

"It's shocking that Pelosi would deem a bill passed just by the waving of her wand, and it's passed," Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coaltion said.

"They're trying this week to bully, cajole, arm-twist, bribe or acquire the votes to do something very destructive to the American health care system," former House Majority Leader Dick Armey claimed.

Opponents came to Washington with a clear message for their representatives -- vote yes for this health care bill and there will be no re-election come November.

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