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Tea Party Protests Affordable Care Act

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 29 Aug 2013 10:35pm | comments
A member of the Mississippi Tea Party holds a sign in protest against the Affordable Care Act at the Mississippi State Capitol on Thursday. Photo by Jeffrey Hess/MPB News

Tea Party activists in Mississippi are trying to make one final push to stop the health care reform law from taking full effect. Conservatives are turning up the heat on Mississippi Republicans to do more to stop the law.

About 40 state and national tea party activists gathered on the south lawn of the Capitol yesterday to decry the law as unconstitutional, tyrannical, and a modern day form of slavery.

 A number of speakers, like Jennifer West of the Hattiesburg Tea Party, say now is the time for Mississippi Republicans to do whatever it takes to stop Obamacare from taking full effect at the start of the year.

 "Either our law makers will take a stand and subvert this unconstitutional law now before it is to law or we are headed for disaster. Enough is enough. We are losing our country. Some say that we have already lost it," West said.

 The activists put up large photos of all six of the state congressional delegation, which includes five Republicans and one Democrat, and mocked them for failing to do more to defund or stop the law.

 And now they have support from the national Tea Party that airing ads across the state targeting Mississippi Republican.

 The man behind the campaign, Brent Bozzell with ForAmerica, says this is the last chance to stop the law.

 "There is no other option on the table. So these members of congress who are suggest that this isn't the right way to do it. My response to them is, this is the last way to do it," Bozzell said.

 Wicker says there is no realistic avenue to stop the funding for the law law because it is mandatory like Medicare or Social Security.

 As the count down to the launch of the final parts of the law draw closer supporters, like Roy Mitchell with the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, see the rhetoric and demonstrations as desperate.

 "Once the public starts to get affordable health care that protects them and their family from the economic ruin of an ER visit that results in bankruptcy then they are going to embrace this and their fear mongering will be put to rest," Mitchell said.

 And the deadline is coming soon, in just over a month Mississippians can begin signing up for subsidized private health insurance plans that will kick in at the start of the year.

 

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A member of the Mississippi Tea Party holds a sign in protest against the Affordable Care Act at the Mississippi State Capitol on Thursday. Photo by Jeffrey Hess/MPB News


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