The “Hands off my Health Care” tour bus made its final stop Saturday at a hardware store in Raleigh, where more than 1,000 protestors turned out to voice opposition to President Barack Obama's efforts to reform health care.
The bus traveled 1,370 miles across North Carolina over the last six days, reports Ray Martin. It made 30 stops, collected more than 10,000 petitions and encouraged more than 25,000 phone calls to Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, said Dallas Woodhouse, program director for Americans for Prosperity, an organization that promotes free-market ideas.
Woodhouse said Saturday’s crowd was one of the largest.
Teenagers, young adults and senior citizens cheered and held up signs that denounced socialism, higher taxes and the national deficit.
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Brent Ellmers, a 46-year-old surgeon from Dunn who has made several stops with the bus, said their goal is to oppose the current health care proposals and suggest alternative methods of lowering insurance costs.
"There is nothing in the current plan about malpractice tort reform or insurance reform to make insurance more affordable,” he said.
“There is nothing about tax incentives for employers. The cost for the current plan is tremendous. People from all over the world come to the U.S. for care because we have the best in the world. We don’t need Washington bureaucrats telling us what kind of care we can have and when we can have it.”