Thousands rallied at the U.S. Capitol today against the health care overhaul plan that Democrats hope to pass on Saturday.
The protesters chanted, “Kill the bill,” and several Republicans addressed the crowd, including U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.
“As the clock is ticking at 11:59 on this health care reform, Speaker Pelosi is poised with her health care bill to takeover 18 percent of the American economy,” Bachmann said.
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., outlined his support for the bill during an interview on MSNBC, calling the measure a good thing.
Asked about public opinion polls that show only 50 percent of American support the so-called public option, Ellison said people have jitters before a big change. He compared the health care measure to other legislative milestones.
“If you went back and did polls on the 1964 Civil Rights Act, there’d be a lot of people who’d be fearful of what might happen next,” Ellison said. “But the truth is, it made our country better. So did Social Security. So did medicare. This change we’re looking at right now is of that magnitude.”