Colorado

Dec 15, 2009 10:18 PM by David Ortiviz

Americans divided on health care reform

Opponents of President Obama's health care reform bill protested across the nation Tuesday, including in Southern Colorado.

Rallies were held in both Colorado Springs and Pueblo. About 50 people showed up to each one. The events were called "Code Red" rallies. They were a grassroots movement to make one final pitch to U.S. Senators, urging them to reject the president's health care bill. "The economy's already going down the tube," said Jerry Denney, a member of the Southern Colorado TEA Party. "You pack that on top of my back, you're already emptying my wallet. I'm having a tough time buying bread to put on the table and this is only going to make it worse," he said.

Last week, Representative Sal Pace spoke in favor of the bill in Pueblo. "We're paying a lot more money for the people who are uninsured rather than if we had care for them to prevent them from catastrophic illnesses that they show up to the ER with," said Pace. The Colorado Change that Works Campaign went on a statewide tour, in hopes of convincing Americans that health care reform is needed.

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