Herald News: Tea Party Groups Rally in Lockport Against Health Law
LOCKPORT — More than 200 people attended Saturday’s “Hands Off My Health Care Rally” organized by local Tea Parties and Americans for Prosperity.
The morning event at Lockport Township High School’s East Campus was in response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The ACA is the “biggest tax in American history,” and it will lead to fewer jobs and longer lines for health care services, said event organizer Steve Balich, chairman of the Homer/Lockport Tea Party.
“So that’s why it’s so important that we all get up and we really stick together, stick it to them by saying, ‘No,’ ” he said.
The rally also was about firing up the troops for the November election, said Tim Kraulidis, a leader with the Will County/Joliet Tea Party Alliance.
“The battle lines are drawn,” he said. “We’re hitting the beaches of Normandy and it’s called Nov. 6.”
The Tea Party movement erupted in 2009 to fight “Obamacare,” a term critics use to describe the ACA. But now the movement has to kick into high gear to get Obama our of office and the act rescinded, Balich said.
“The fight was then, we need to carry it on now,” he said. “We can’t stop.”
David From, Illinois director of Americans for Prosperity, which is a nationwide free-market advocacy group, said the ACA is bad policy.
“It’s bad for our health, it’s bad for our pocketbooks, and it’s bad for business,” he said.
Dr. Barbara Bellar, a member of the Homer/Lockport Tea Party, said she is reading the ACA, which is thousands of pages long. She is opposed to it because she believes it will lead to the “annihilation” of human rights, it’s a pro-abortion shift in America and it will trample religious freedoms.
“Obamacare is an abomination,” said Bellar, who also is an attorney and a former nun. “ … We cannot, we must not let Obamacare drain us of our liberty and suck the life out of us.”
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