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Kill the Bill - crossing swords over healthcare reform

As the US congress prepares to vote on health care reform, thousands of Americans have been protesting on Capitol Hill.

Democrats hope they have enough votes to get the legislation passed without support from the Republicans.

Michelle Bachmann, the mastermind of the protest, is a Republican congresswoman. She invited Americans to scare members of Congress into voting against the Health Care Bill.

She claimed: “Every level of power is controlled by one party now in DC. We tried to figure out what we could do. We knew that we were limited, but what we knew that was unlimited was the voice of persuasion of the American people.”

Her call to action even caused James Brooks, a protestor, to drive 8 hours to Washington to tell President Obama to listen up. “I feel very definitely that he plans on taking over everything in America,” he said.

Protesters Lynn and Tom Melonic say: “It's absolutely criminal. It's unconstitutional…when you're spending dollars you don't have, it's treasonous, and that's what we feel is happening.”

House leaders are pushing for a vote on this healthcare bill this Saturday. That's why these people have come to Capitol Hill – to make sure the bill doesn't get the 218 votes it needs to pass.

Joann Abbott, a protestor, says: “It's a revolution because we're not going to let them steal all of our rights.”