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Linder Talks Health Care with Ralliers

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Location: Washington, DC

Ann Hince said she knew she was "preaching to the choir," as she held a protest sign in front of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

But even though Rep. John Linder agrees with her opposition to President Barack Obama's universal health care proposal, Hince said it was important to bring attention to the issue.

"I'm tired of people only talking about the cost in dollars. It's the cost of freedom," said Forsyth County woman Janet Spector. "When you go to a doctor and you no longer have a say ... that's your liberty."

Nearly 50 people participated in the Lawrenceville rally, one of 435 protests planned at congressional offices throughout the country.

Many people stopped and signed a petition before the crowd went into Linder's office for a speaker-phone conversation with the congressman, who was in the cloakroom of the U.S. House of Representatives waiting to vote on another bill.

"The Democrat majority is trying to push through Congress a 1,000-plus page bill in two weeks that we know will cost taxpayers at least, keep in mind this is a minimum, $1.5 trillion," Linder said. "No matter what you hear, you can be certain of two things. The first, this bill is designed to eventually drive all private insurance companies out of business and leave you with no choice except a government option. The second, this bill will increase taxes for almost every American, even those who make under the president's magic $250,000 threshold, which means the president is breaking his promise to the American people in just his seventh month in office."

Linder said the rallies across the nation are a reason the House speaker is working to push the bill through before Congress's August break.

"I am strengthened by their tenacity and encourage them to keep up the fight," he said of the protestors. "They are making a difference in this debate."

The organizer of Friday's event said she hopes Linder can also influence the debate.

"We hope he can bend the ear of his counterparts in D.C.," Lilburn woman Bertha Craig said.

Linder encouraged everyone who wants to give him their thoughts on the happenings in Washington to participate in a telephone town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The call-in number is 800-857-6263 and the password is "town hall."


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