Rowdy Rally On Health Care Reform

Tempers flared at a rally in opposition to President Obama's health care reform plan.

The group Americans For Prosperity made a stop in Jacksonville Friday as it tours the state. As WITN's Chelsea Donovan tried to interview a supporter of the president's plan, one of the rally participants came over to listen. That's when the two got into a verbal confrontation, calling each other names.

Dallas Woodhouse with Americans for Prosperity says, "The crowds all over eastern Carolina have been enormous. People are fired up about this. It's a deeply personal issue to everybody.

More than 150 people showed up for the Jacksonville rally to show their opposition to government run health care.

Americans for Prosperity will make a stop at Stewart Parkway in Washington at 9:00 a.m. Saturday and then head over for a rally in Greenville in the Arlington Business Park at 11:00 a.m.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 10, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    This is the report card from CNN on our politicians. Should let you know where they are on healthcare.... http://reportcard.cnn.com/
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 9, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    Lavon, going through life uninformed and ignorant of facts is a shallow answer that you look to the rhetoric and not the facts. Shame, its not that hard to get away from moveon.org or the other rhteortic sites you live and drink the koolaide from. This isn't about high premiums, its about freedom to choose! Your president wants to take away your freedom of choice and you are following like a sheep down the cliff. Well fine, do what you want to do, leave me and others out of your plan. So be blind, your presidents plan doesn't allow cateract surgery, and vote away, the rest of us know better. We don't vote the party, we vote the man, your man doesn't even come close. So enjoy your short blissfull life, the rest of us will fight for your parents health, your kids and friends, while you post for your party. At least we know where you alliance is.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Aug 9, 2009 at 05:33 AM
    What a bunch of idiots these people are. This is a country of choice so if you dont like this Government option then keep paying your high premiums that you have now,
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Aug 8, 2009 at 06:32 AM
    to Lee (and others), here is the link, but you WILL need your lawyer to unwrap the info for you, link to the health care bill: http://energycommerce.house.gov/Press_111/20090714/aahca.pdf have a good day, Buzz
  • by DawnNC Location: Jax on Aug 8, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    The lady in the red shirt was there to get answers, not have some idiot there in her face yelling questions at her. The obama supporter was acting a fool, he even held two fingers up behind the ladies head infront of the camera. Nice to know that o's supporters are such comedians and think healthcare is a laughable topic. He was there to instigate, and I wouldn't be surprised if he was part of democraticunderground.com who planned to goto these events to start trouble.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    Moderator: By the looks of the interview, the above article is wrong. It appears a non-supporter of healthcare reform is being interviewed and a support of the reform comes over and chimes in. Please review and correct.
  • by Walt Location: Washington on Aug 8, 2009 at 04:57 AM
    If the politicans really want to know how the people feel about this issue, watch the next election.Remember this, if it wasn't for Jimmy Carter, there would not have a Ronald Reagan.
  • by Devil Dog Location: Greenville on Aug 8, 2009 at 02:22 AM
    There is a shortage of 60,000 primary care doctors in the US. The average age of the remaining is 55 years old. Without a significant increase of doctors, we won't have to worry about healthcare. People need to change BEHAVIOR ie obesity, quit smoking and eating the right food.
  • by Lee Location: Pantego on Aug 7, 2009 at 08:24 PM
    What is so wrong w government controlled healthcare, Compaired to the $600 per month shanking I get from BCBS to cover my family. My HMO has been deciding how healthy and what treatments we get long before the doctors. I would love to pay $3.00 for perscriptions. And not get gouged at the doctors office. Just because they can, because I have private ins. The payment differance could be upwards 10 fold. Because the government puts a limit on what a proceedure is worth and won't pay more. There must be a profit or the greedy doctors wouldn't cont. to do the proceedures. Both sides lie so much I don't know which to believe. Is there a site I can research to find the truth?
  • by WITN Moderator on Aug 7, 2009 at 06:58 PM
    Freedom Girl, If you watch the story you will see that we interviewed a supporter of the rally and the organizer of the rally. We also interviewed an individual there who supports President Obama's plan. There was no bias in our report...just covering all sides. Also, if you watch the video of the two who got into the confrontation you will see the "rowdy" part of the rally we are talking about.
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