POSTED: Friday, November 6, 2009 - 9:24am
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:59pm
With the clock ticking to vote time, opponents of reform mounted a last stand.
Representative Virginia Foxx of North Carolina said, "We will not be silenced on this and we will kill this bill!" Several thousand people came out, many aiming signs at President Obama.
House Minority Leader, Representative John Boehner of Ohio said, "This bill is the greatest threat to freedom I have seen in the 19 years I have been here in Washington."
At leaders' urging, activists jammed House office buildings. This was near House Speaker Pelosi's office. At least a dozen people were arrested. Democrats' plan would expand coverage to 96 percent of Americans, cost one-point two trillion dollars over ten years and create a government backed public option for those who can't get coverage through their work.
The AARP endorsed the plan. Spokesman David Certner said, "We think this is the strongest bill we've seen to date." The group showed proof of support from its members ages fifty and older, then came backing from the American Medical Association. President Obama seized the moment, saying, “I urge Congress to listen to the AARP, listen to the AMA, and pass this reform for hundreds of millions of Americans." Democrats have to rely on their own to pass the measure.
Republicans are united against it.