If you thought the health care bill recently passed by the House was bad, you’ll shudder at what I captured on video this weekend at the 2009 Healthcare-Now.org National Strategy Conference at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet in St. Louis.
Though uninvited, I introduced myself as a journalist and gained access to the meeting’s opening session late Saturday afternoon. There, I fully expected to find a room full of people in favor of the latest iteration of government-run health care. Instead, I found more than 100 people voicing widespread opposition to the bill.
Unlike those who oppose government-run health care on strong Constitutional grounds, the conference attendees with whom I spoke said they oppose the bill because, first, it lacks a strong-enough public option component and, second, it does not include coverage to pay for abortions.
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