About 2,000 people came out to oppose the health care plan suggested by President Obama at the Waco Tea Party.
The Sept. 3 Tea Party drew a huge crowd from all around the state. One couple drove an hour and a half from Austin. Catherine Callan and her husband said they wanted, “to voice our voice of freedom. We honor our God, our flag, our servicemen. We honor our Bill of Rights, our freedom of speech, our constitution,” she said.
“We are here to promote all these things and to voice our opinion. We dislike the way money has just been handed out to the big car dealerships. Money has been wasted and handed out to banks, and we don’t know where that’s all gone, so we oppose … big spending,” she said.
Callan has chosen not to support the health care reform because the country is spending money and growing debt. The estimated cost of the new system is $856 billion. The new bill will provide everyone in the country with health care with a public option. The funds for the system would come from taxpayer dollars.
The younger generation is also forming its own opinions of what the government is doing. Sophomore Heath Hughes went to downtown Waco in support of the conservatives.
“I hope that our representatives and people higher … in our nation will see and realize that there are people who really care about what we’re doing, people that don’t want the government to be in control of health care and don’t want the government to redistribute wealth,” he said.
There is no doubt that health care is a hot topic. However, some who went to the Tea Party had other fears and concerns.
Elka Yates spent most of her childhood in Germany.
“I want the government to go back to the people so we have (the) power and not the government,” she said. “We need to keep our Constitution that this country was founded on. I lived (in) a country where the government ran everything.”
There are two completely different sides of the issue and people are adamant about expressing their opinions. Whatever side they are on, they want their voices heard.
Also attending the Tea Party were the few supporters of Obama and the new system. One supporter of a universal health care system was a man who chose to stay anonymous.
“The United States has the best physicians in the world but the problem with our system is access. We have 40 million citizens who don’t have health care insurance,” he said.
“And we feel in a country of this wealth that it’s a moral outrage to have that situation. We strongly believe that we need to have a public option. The totally best system would be a single payroll. It would be the most efficient, and it’s cost efficient and most fair.”