August 13th, 2009
07:50 PM ET

Background on the Tea Party Express

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Our Country Deserves Better PAC

From August 28th to September 12th, 2009, the Tea Party bus tour will host tea parties in cities across the country. The campaign is paid for the conservative PAC, "Our Country Deserves Better".

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. rosemary

    Thank you Tony; hope people get it.and RET yes these people with tea bags just beleive the organizations rumors and lies. hopefully they will stand with with our goverment instead of the racists that never want to see Presidents Obamas views for the people.

    August 14, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  2. gary

    OK, because I don't believe in big government and believe the free market system should work, I'm a racist and I'm ignorant. Amazing.

    August 14, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  3. Tim

    People are angry because they are feeling the HANGOVER from George W. Bush’s trickledown economics; 30% of pension/retirement funding – GONE, $10.4 trillion government debt while over $700 billion went to bailout rich bankers, and a modern depression with resultant multiplying unemployment. In six months, President Obama has slowed the tide of the depression not reversed it.
    Healthcare – We have the most expensive healthcare system in the world, double the next most expensive of industrialized nations yet we don’t cover over 45 million citizens. As for medical outcomes, 18,000 Americans die each year from causes that could have been prevented if they had health insurance, nearly 266,000 companies dropped their employees’ health care coverage from 2000 to 2005, as of 2008 about 30 percent of the Americans surveyed were uninsured for at least part of the year, we are second to last among 21 developed nations for child well-being ranking 33rd in death rates for children under 5, we ranked behind 27 other countries in life expectancy, and our healthcare system ranked 37th among 191 systems studied worldwide. During the Bush presidency the average employee health insurance premium rose nearly eight times faster than income. Between 2002 and 2005 health insurance companies had profit margins of 152.7 percent, 60 percent, 32.9 percent, and 21.4 percent respectively. It is obvious we NEED a federal payer option similar to the Veterans Administration.
    Food for Thought – Say of the 45 million who are uninsured, 10 million don’t want insurance. That would still leave 35 million who do and would seek services which we, you and I, now pay. We pay over $52 billion a YEAR for emergency care for these individuals. If we covered them with government insurance, it would only cost us about $5 billion a year. That is why it is important to have that option and why it would be cost effective.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:47 am |
  4. Rodney

    Wow. The ignorance on this blog is disturbing. Anderson, you and the rest of the state run media just keep making fun and light of the town hall protesters. Obama ,and his cast of idiots are doing more for the GOP than any republican. LOL, I love it.! Geez, no wonder Fox News dominates CNN, and all the other State run media!

    August 14, 2009 at 8:16 am |
  5. Tricia

    So funny, (Not educated enough)
    You can not be heard unless you make some noise. I wonder how a town hall meeting would have been if we could have had them before the stimulus bill was passed or all the banks bailed out.

    August 14, 2009 at 7:11 am |
  6. Vicky

    Where was Mark Williams and his Tea Party when Bush-Cheney and their cohorts were robbing the poor and middle class to give welfare to corporate swindlers and their millionaire friends? Where were these Republican hypocrite mouth pieces when their "leaders" were bankrupting the country?? Now they have the nerve to criticize the Obama Administration for not solving the mess it inherited in 100 or 200 days. Now they wail and cry how will our children pay for this terrible deficit. What a bunch of lying hypocrites leading ignorant racists by the nose. And what a bunch of putzes you people at CNN are for giving so much free media time to these bastards who are just frustrated at being out of power.

    August 14, 2009 at 6:00 am |
  7. Dave Gallegos Sr

    Shame on Americans! For debating the Healthcare Reform issue. Banks and the auto industry got bailout funds from the government; without a "Debate". We should've debated those issues.

    Talk about "Greed" the banks, auto industry and now the hospitals/doctors.

    Americans do not debate for the healthcare issue; if you are not going to debate all issues.


    August 14, 2009 at 5:28 am |
  8. Rural, Educated, Right, American

    Any government class in the country will tell you this is basic politics.
    The far Left Wing falls communistic while the far Right Wing is Socialism. Now who do you think will be in favor of government running an area of their life and who do you think will be against it?
    This isn't racist, it is rugged individualism which appreciates and understands independence and freedom that big government destroys. It has been said that rural America is behind and don't understand. They are the people surrounded by illegal immigrants by the millions working the farmlands of America. These are the same millions of illegal aliens that are being paid in cash to avoid paying taxes or detection. These same millions that will be receiving government funded healthcare. The Left Wingers are saying we are already paying for the healthcare with our taxes well wake up. You haven't seen anything yet. Rural America sees it coming. Many comments here say rural America is uneducated and doesn't understand. Those commenting are so well educated that they miss-spelled the words: African and enough.
    Rural America isn't stupid or blind, they have been seeing the flood of illegal aliens far longer than any city dwellers would ever see, and our country can't afford to give them free healthcare. I haven't believed any of the lies or myths and have read a large majority of this healthcare bill, and as I said, we just can't afford it as it is written, so wake up Lefty. In defense of Rural America, My education includes: Degrees -2 Bachelor's Degrees, 1 Associate's Degree, and 14 Industry Certifications in my career field and about to begin work on a 3rd Bachelor's Degree. Obviously some people know nothing about rural America and should not make accusations until they educate themselves.

    August 14, 2009 at 3:27 am |
  9. Derrick Duehren

    Where is the in-depth story on all of the PRO single payer folks. You keep giving air time to the obnoxious noisy ones, not the thoughtful, caring, democratic ones. Half this great county and a MAJORITY of doctors want government run, Medicare-For-All healthcare, but from your reporting, it looks like 10%.

    August 14, 2009 at 3:09 am |
  10. S. Grant

    Health Care for all in this country should be mandatory, maybe then we can control outbreaks of deadly diseases, keep people out of the ERs, keep people out of the hospitals, and then we can save money. We are paying for their care anyway, one way or the other. When the cost of indigent care goes up so does your hospital and doctor bills because they must recover their cost. If u think u are not already paying for it u have your head in the sand. The Repulicans are still licking their wounds and showing how racist they really are.

    August 14, 2009 at 2:50 am |
  11. James Bowen

    I just watched you an the wing nut talk show host. You call that "journalism'? "Keeping them honest"?

    That guy ended his spiel with three lies that went unchallenged.

    The government does not own the auto industry, nor the banks and has no intention of owning the health care industry!

    You, sir, are a fake.

    August 14, 2009 at 2:18 am |
  12. RLWellman

    You Liberals need to wake up. The majority of Americans do not want this Health Care Reform Bill the way it is Written.

    You think you can call these town hall attendees crazy, stupid, morons, and nazis and get them to chage their minds? You are the ones who are misinformed. I know you find this hard to believe, but not all people want the Government telling them what to do or taking care of them. As a matter of fact, most of them want the Goverment to have less power than they have already!

    So, the Government needs to get back to work and represent ALL of us. Not just those of you who want them to supply all your needs.

    August 14, 2009 at 1:25 am |
  13. Tammy in Ohio

    I just found out why I was removed from medicaid this month, (August). First, I have 5 doctors and take $500 worth of medication each month. According to Ohio Job and Family Services, under new guidelines, my family of 4, who live 150% under poverty level, make to much money for any help!
    My daughter and myself, and my husband and his daughter are considered two different families, and his income, $8.25 an hour, is divided between the 2 families and that makes us ineligible. If we were a family of four, we would be eligible. But since our daughters are from previous marriages, we are 2 different families, living on one income,(my husbands').
    THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA, for kicking us when we were already down!!!

    August 13, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  14. Nargiza Kiger

    On one of the clips I heard woman yelling " We would rather see Palin as a president!" What???

    First, that comment shows that the crowd in the town hall meetings are angry republicans, who just angry that we have a democrat president.

    Second, didn't she has just left the office, because she could not take the criticism?! If she was a president, she would just left the office, because of the pressure! She could not be a president, I am glad she is not. We all would be in a deep hole by 100 days!

    August 13, 2009 at 11:42 pm |
  15. terry

    I do not understand why on your coverage of the townhall disruptions that you are not addressing whose behind all these
    "concerned citizens". A simple web search of who sponsors the websites encouraging these people to "speak out" leads directly back to washington lobbying firms who are cozy with republicans/and those in the healthcare industry who profit from the status quo. You're doing half of an investigative job and your competitor is miles ahead of you. Get with the whole truth.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  16. Susan

    It is appalling that the news media are playing to these sad, uneducated people. Yes, they have a right to their opinions (thank God for the USA), but, geez, don't you think those of us who have read the House bill and who support health care reform should be given equal time? I just can't believe this "groundswell" is legitimate. My daughter works two jobs and neither of them offer health care. It's these working people who are being hurt; the poor already have medical support. Get a grip and help us pass health care reform before it destroys all of us - even those who do have health care.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  17. LDoeTx

    It is obvious from the interview just held with the organizer of the tea parties that health care is not the issue. The issue is a way to distinquish their party to win more seats in the upcoming election. That is the bottom line, pure and simple. I find it completely ironic that the same people who supported the war in Iraq now do not want to pay or face the consequences for it. Did they honestly think they could cut taxes and spend their way through a war? Do they actually thing this administration loves having to use taxpayer money to try to save American jobs? They may be able to find sheeple to follow them but hopefully those with any sort of intelligence will understand that this is not about doing the best thing for the people of the United States but how they regain their political power.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  18. Nargiza Kiger

    On one of the footages I hear woman welling " We would rather see Palin as a president!" What???

    First, that comment shows that the crowd in the town hall meetings are angry republicans, who just angry that we have a democrat president.

    Second, didn't she has just left the office, because she could not take the criticism?! If she was a president, she would just left the office, because of the pressure! She could not be a president, I am glad she is not. We all would be in a deep hole by 100 days!

    August 13, 2009 at 11:21 pm |
  19. pete

    Here's an idea...free basic health care of all with and private option to upgrade care.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:12 pm |
  20. Jim

    let me ask all of you who supprrt this bill the most pertinent question, do you honestly believe the reforms in the house bill can be paid for by finding two thirds of the trillion dollars (i know i know over ten years) from cost reductions in the current medicare program?? do you actually believe that? that is what O is claiming, it does not pass the red face test

    p.s. i am against this reform, but I am not a racist...go figure

    August 13, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  21. N. Manetavat

    Those Protesters seem to hate Govt. I would like to ask them " Where did the money from?" If you find out, they would appreciate the Govt.

    August 13, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  22. Gilby-HI

    Well the temper tantrums have caused the "End of Life" Provision to be removed from the bill as it stand today.
    Change we could not believe in, I guess

    August 13, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  23. David Taylor

    Health Care needs to happen, people who are just yelling about it are not educated enought, they are folks with good health care. Don't they understand it will get worst if we don't change it now? Let's listen instead of yelling and let's work on Solutions. Good debates need to happen not temper tantrums.

    August 13, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  24. RET

    Yes our country Indeed deserves better .... like treating everyone the same Starting with a healthcare plan for everyone.
    These Tea Baggers are just tools for the organizations that are filling their heads with lies and tall tales... the rest are just crazy racists that are opposed to anything Obama puts forward.

    August 13, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  25. KIm

    Who's read the Health Care Bill for revise ? Go to edit and we need to start with 1-10 to accomplish clarifications ! The sounds of democracy in America's Town Halls ! Is there an outline ?

    August 13, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  26. Ruby (Fuk Ying) Wong

    Hi Anderson,

    China has blocked me few times from sending you my comments tonight. I hate China.

    I like how you layout the format of your blog and everything else. One very important thing that I want you to know is that I hope you will not go back to the undeveloped countries of wars and famine because I worry that you might catch some virus or flu.

    Please don't worry about our relationship. I have not changed at all; I hope that you will reply to me with some general comments- just to make me realize that I am talking to a person.

    Well, I am getting ready to watch AC360 in about 12 minutes or so. Bye !

    Ruby (Fuk Ying)

    August 13, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  27. Tony In Largo, FL

    I’m not in the Health Care Business, but my wife is an RN. I know from talking to her that Living Wills and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Statements have been around for many years. Essentially, patients who enter the Hospital are asked if they wish to have extraordinary life saving measures taken if they enter into a state where those measures would be required to keep them alive. Patients decide those issues for themselves, sometimes in consultation with family members. This is neither Euthanasia nor Suicide. It is typically in the course of terminal illnesses or conditions for which there is no cure. These decisions are typically made by the patients when they are healthy. The decisions arise from the desire of the patient to live with a certain level of quality. One Big Lie up to a week ago by the Town Hall obstructionists was about the “death panels” in the Health care reform. That lie has been uncovered and dealt with.

    None the less, the obstructionist “GOPians” continue to do the bidding for the Insurance Conglomerates. Mr. Wendell Potter's testimony (the retired Insurance company Vice-President) on the sleazy tactics of the Insurance Industry bodes well for its passage, because we're talking about the truth regarding a just cause and those are always on the winning side in history.

    we do all depend on and benefit from the actions of the FDA, the CDC, OSHA, EPA (which contrary to popular belief actually generates many, many private sector jobs), the FAA, the FCC, the Fed Dep Ins Corp, the Small Bus Adm, Housing & Urb Dev, the Army Corps of Engineers, USDA, USDOT, the Interstate Commerce Comm, the Nuclear Reg Agency, Health & Hum Servcs, NASA, the US Dept of Ed, the FBI, the CIA, the DEA, ATF, Dept Of Energy, The ARMY, the Air Force, the Navy, the Veteran Administration, Social Security, the Forestry Service, the Tennessee Valley Authority etc etc. We are the technologically advanced society that you grew-up in because these institutions exist. The alternative would be to live in a lawless society. There are places like that in the world today. Somalia, Haiti, Palestine, North Korea, to name a few, are countries that don't have the complex organizations that make us special. Yes, government always needs oversight, anytime, anyplace and anywhere, and it can always be run more efficiently, but because that's true doesn't mean that we shouldn't continue progressing as a society, and progress we will have with Health Care Reform.

    August 13, 2009 at 9:43 pm |
  28. rosemary

    Rural communities are years behind. They do not get it. You've been paying taxes for so many years why do you start now to debate about it. But then if you have not been there you wouldn't know or have any clue whats going on. People with tea bags do not like this country? Does that means you will be going back?

    August 13, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  29. weedwonker

    We are witnessing daily foaming@the mouth racism at these demonstrations...not like anti-war demonstrations or Early American protests, but like mid-20th century anti-Civil Rights. I don't want that country back...I want a better country: an evolved USA

    August 13, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
  30. Linda Finch

    Sad. Almost pathetic, but mainly sad. It continues to demonstrate how our uneducated electorate can so easily and quickly be lead around by the nose. Apparently they can't read either. Sad.

    August 13, 2009 at 9:14 pm |
  31. Marti

    Our congressman in coming to town next week and there are SEVERAL planning to attend – many with tea bags. Rural communities have a voice, too. Don't underestimate the power of organized "regular" working people! Thank God we still are free to voice our concerns.

    August 13, 2009 at 9:04 pm |
  32. rosemary

    People don't know, they have been paying taxes for health care for those unemployed, disabled, etc. What's the difference – the only difference is this time we have a Afracan American as President and there are a lot of racist people out there. Also there are people that just don't get it and you won't unless you've been there. Also your standing with the pharmaceutical companies. You will be crossing the border when you all get to that point. If you don't want to be part of this country there's alot of airplanes.

    August 13, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  33. JC-Los Angeles

    While the Republicans may be justified in their opposition to health care reform, their inability to present voters with a solid ticket last November has prevented relevance today.

    Had a solid ticket been presented to the American people, uprisings like todays would have been commonplace and a rank amateur with a socialist bent, questionable associates and endless words might have been stopped in his tracks.

    August 13, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  34. john waters

    here we go again. republicans grandstand saying 1 thing doing something totally different when the cameras are off. correct me if I'm wrong. but didn't my gov. Rick Perry say he was not taken any money from the government. dancewithtruth.just like you other tea party nuts.It just came to me may be we don't need health care reform. maybe these nuts will die off

    August 13, 2009 at 8:31 pm |
  35. Kristen, MD

    Yes our country does deserve better, like health care for everyone.

    August 13, 2009 at 8:20 pm |