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High-Stakes Bill Mobilizes Broad Swath of Interests

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Conservative tea party activists hold a protest in Upper Senate Park on Tuesday to urge Members of Congress to stop a health care reform package.

Others in the crowd said the issue was broader than health care. “People want free will. They are telling us what cars to drive, what light bulbs to use,” said Claire Thomas of Arlington, Va.

Marlene Langert of Adelphi, Md., said Obama and the Democrats reminded her of the Bolsheviks in Russia that her parents and grandparents escaped from in the 1920s.

While Langert said she was on Medicare, a government program, she added, “My husband and I paid for it over the years, so it is not really a handout.”

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