Upheaval Over Health Care Law Lands at Senator's Doorstep
The Supreme Court decision to uphold Obamacare drew concerned citizens to the streets on Monday in downtown Tampa.
Citizens concerned about the future of the American health care system and Sen. Bill Nelson's support of Obamacare gathered outside Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse on Monday, just a few days after the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Around 30 protesters holding signs responded to the calls of Sharon Calvert, currently running for County Commission District 2, to hold a "Rally for Liberty" outside the downtown Tampa office of the senator. Handheld signs condemned the senator's support of the Affordable Care Act as citizens chatted about their concerns about the future.
"The government needs to stay out of health care," Wellswood's Dave Winterbauer said. "I've worked for the federal government and I've worked in health care and believe me, you don't want to put the two together. Talk to England and Canada about their health care systems. It's very destructive what these people want to do."
Brian Page of Temple Terrace made the trip down to the courthouse to show his displeasure for the power that the federal government is showing in comparisons to the states.
"I think that the government is way too big and out of control," Page said. "They don't really abide by the constitution, they're just playing by their own rules. The constitution is the document that we are supposed to be running our country by, you can't just make up your own rules. I firmly believe that ruling from the Supreme Court was judicial activism. The federal government isn't supposed to be more powerful than the states, but that is what's happening and when that happens you lose control over it."
Sheldon Ghorng traveled down from Odessa. His concerns for the future of the nation have led him to believe the best solution is an unlikely one.
"I'd like to see Obama resign before the election," Ghorng said. "The government can tax you for anything now. This decision to uphold the health care act is disastrous for America. Only radical, extreme liberals want to uphold this thing."
While the protesters were concerned, some believe that the decision may actually be a good thing for conservatives as they head to the polls in November to support Mitt Romney.
"I think it has galvanized the conservative movement," Winterbauer said. "A lot of people are not happy and are highly motivated to get someone in office who will change this. In some ways, it might not be a bad thing."