March 9th, 2010
12:19 PM ET

Howard Dean addresses health care protest

Supporters of congressional health care legislation staged a noisy march of more than 1,000 people Tuesday to protest an insurance industry gathering at a Washington hotel.

Activist groups ranging from labor unions to Code Pink heard remarks from physician and former presidential candidate Howard Dean.

As demonstrators gathered at a park near Dupont Circle, Dean told CNN the best path for reform is to have a vote on legislation already
moving through Congress.

"The Republicans are already proving themselves the party of 'no,' " Dean said, citing what he considers obstructionist tactics.

The protesters marched several blocks to the Ritz-Carlton, where they hoped to make an impression on participants at the annual conference of America's Health Insurance Plans, an insurance industry lobbying group.

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  1. PD1202

    It's about time!!! We see these anti-government, teabagging fools out there protesting health care reform, screaming about socialized, government run Obamacare...blah, blah, blah....Now is the time for the American people who stand for reform, to stand up and make ourselves heard...enough of the bullying, enough of the lies, and rhetoric from these right wing crazies....pass this bill now, the American people want this!!

    March 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ben

    No they don't...the american people DONT want this. That seems to escape the democrats.....oh well. Obama can't seem to meet any of his campaign promises or get a thing done that he set out to do. Hope and change my butt. The people elected a talking head.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CGC

    Hopefully this protest will demonstrate that right-wing brainwashing hasn't converted everybody!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Teresa

    i know my family and friends want this. as i sent an email to my senator that's not for it, i challenge him and all members to drop their free insurance and pay for theirs and pay for the differences between charged and allowed amounts. if each member would vote they themselves had to pay for theirs, that would take a big chunk out of the deficit instead of getting everything paid at 00%. why can't they be accountable like everyone instead of special privileges? could it be the insurance giants have promised them a huge amount of money for their campaign to vote no. anyone not wanting this plan obviously doesn't have a clue what it's about. Perhaps a few incorrect – scare tactics work and they obviously don't want to check it out themselves.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Christopher Mais MD

    Your President is doing the right thing getting health carer to the people-ALL of them at a reduced cost.The American health system costs twice as much as health care in any of the industrialised countrys in the world and you do NOT, on average, have the best care.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WhiteBoy

    Not so, Ben. America wants the change. The main points are there, put a lid on Insurance companies, no more denial of coverage. Make people buy insurance. I don't like the cross state Insurance groups ability to bid against each other, I think the Insurance companies will still be out of control. The GOP thinks that will brnig down those costs by 10 precent. I don't believe that's enough and I believe we'll end up with the same costs. And 'Death Panels' I believe the Insurance companys are much more likely to deny procedures because of cost to their company, the Public option would at least apply the same rules
    from case to case. I'm tired of seeing my health care dollar make Insurance exec's rich.
    My healthcare dollar should go to healthcare, not the denial pros at the Insurance companies.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michelle

    I believe that the majority of Americans DO want healthcare reform. The ones that do not – are one medical diagnosis away from realizing why this is so important.

    Once you have a medical disability or pre existing condition – you fight for the rest of your life for the health benefits you should be entitled to. It's a basic human right that is denied to millions.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Zane

    Are the democrats so blind they can not see Americans don't want to be stolen from by the government to fund sub par health care? Did they miss that they lost the seat in Massachusetts over health care? Almost every, non partisan, independent study shows care will be cut and costs will rise.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David B

    Yes they do want it. I pay nearly a thousand dollars a month for insurance for a family of 5. The current state of the health care system is a mess. The republicans just do not get the common man. We need reform, we are dying because of a lack of reform. They also need to reset the credit bureaus to give us all a chance to recover from the economic situation that the republicans dragged us into. Obama at least is trying to make a difference and clean up the mess. He seems to care about the people instead of big business.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dane24

    Why wouldn't the american people want health care. You people who are against the health care reform, more than likely have health care. It is sad to see how many selfish people there are out there. By saying no to reform its like your saying you don't give a darn about the 30 million people who don't have health care. Further more, can you tell me of any president who did everything they promised to do in the first year of the term....give me a break.....Just say that your still upset that a black man is in that position. How many broken promises did Bush leave us with..why not mention that as well.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. HC Reform NOW

    No, it isn't perfect, it will cost a lot, but doing nothing will cost more $$$ and human lives. People who don't want reform must already have insurance but don't realize what it really costs them. Everyone I know who doesn't have it, wants it, and they want everyone else to have it, too. It should be a right, not a privilege of those with a job or a fortune.

    We have "free" education, roads, military protection, libraries, airwaves, etc and one of the lowest tax rates in the world. What we don't have, like many poorer countries like Cuba and Costa Rica, is decent, affordable healthcare. In fact, we pay more for worse health care than almost any other country. We have a horrible infant mortality rate...why? because women in the lower economic strata can't afford even basic prenatal care, and they often can't afford any preventative care once the children are born.

    So, what kind of country is this that can't take care of its own? We need health care refrom now, or the lack of it will kill us!!

    As for Obama being a talking head...he's also a thinking head, which is much more than can be said of previous prez, who was neither. For my money, it is a good combination.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. plot

    America does want health the minority( the gop) are always louder than the majority(dems) i doubt pollers goto poor neighborhoods to poll. I am a well educated Business School Grad. The thing about statistics is that poll results can be manipulated. America will have to pass health care reform eventually anyway anybody that isn't filthy rich should support it. If you aren't rich and don't support it, you are a job layoff or one bad medical diagnosis from supporting it. And besides the dems should say screw politics even if they loose seats and power for awhile they will be back because the GOP WILL drop the ball once they have to govern. The babyboomers have to realize the world is very small and gets smaller with each advance in technology. The babyboomers also need to realize that international opinion does matter these days we can't just go around doing things without global support. Health care won't kill this country self-conceit, arrogance, and self righteousness will.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stop ObamaCare

    I don't believe that the majority of Americans want THIS bill. Even BO and Fancy Nancy have started calling it Health Insurance Reform. It does nothing for healthcare. When BO held his summit, the Repbs tried to say they were for reforming healthcare but wanted to start over. BO basically cut them off and said we had to pass something right now.

    We need to attack the cost of healthcare. This bill will not do that. It will bankrupt our country by driving up the costs and thereby driving up our taxes to a level we can't afford. Our Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaide giveaways are already our biggest portion of our budget. If we add in this healthcare bill it will kill us.

    We need to control costs – hospital, doctor, pharmacy, durable medical equipment, labratory and radiological. Then we need to control illegal immigrants who come to our ERs and receive free medical care and labor and delivery. When we control those costs, the insurance costs will take care of themselves.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |