Code Red Rally in Fort Collins, Colorado – 12-15-2009

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While the debate over health care reform continues to take center stage in Washington D.C., citizens in local communities continue to put pressure on their elected officials not to vote for the bill. This event in Fort Collins, Colorado was no exception.

On 12/15/2009 at noon, a group of local activists gathered in front of Senator Michael Bennet’s office to protest the health care bill and try to influence him to vote against it. The event was advertised as a “Code Red Rally” voicing opposition to the bill in its current form.

Various news reports have portrayed Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman as the political skunk in the room. This is because he opposes a government-run insurance scheme and the compromise that was offered. This leaves the Democrats in a delicate spot considering they need 60 votes to pass the bill. Unlike a Gallup poll, there is no room for a margin of error. It is probably because of this fact that the Democrats have dropped the idea of expanding Medicare to people starting at age 55.

Back in Fort Collins, the fun started at 11:00 am when I got there with my cameras and tripod. There was a group of about 10 left-wing activists shouting slogans like “What do we want? Health care! When do we want it? Now!” One protester was sporting his cap and gown from when he graduated Harvard. When the conservative activists arrived, the Harvard guy walked up to one of them and said “I graduated from Harvard. I know what I am talking about.” Oddly enough, a Harvard grad with a J.D. said the unemployment rate in the U.S. would not go above 8 percent after the stimulus bill was signed into law. But I digress.

As more conservative activists arrived in front of Senator Michael Bennet’s office, the liberal protesters thought it was a good idea to go home. There was an estimated 100 or so conservative protesters at this particular event.

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