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Bishop's Office gets another round of protests

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -  Loud protesters lined the streets of Thomasville today voicing their concerns and disapproval of President Obama's healthcare reform proposal.

It was a repeat of a protest at Congressman Sanford Bishop's Albany office last Friday.

Last Friday, protest coordinators say there were only about 20 people who took part in the protest. But today that number doubled. And so did the volume and the response from drivers passing by.

If the signs didn't speak loud enough, the people did outside Congressman Sanford Bishop's Thomasville office. More than 50 people made their opinion on health care reform clear.

 "I don't want to be government dependent," said protester Tracie Fiveash.

 "It's going to hurt us all. It's going to drive medical doctors out of the field," said protest organizer Kim Weckwert.

"They're spending too much money, they're taking our freedoms away," said Frank DeVico with a sign in his hands.

And the people standing on the street are not just Republicans, there are Democrats here too.

"I'm a registered Democrat," said Carolyn Larko. "This isn't about parties. It's about infringing on our rights as Americans and we have to take a stand," she said.

On Wednesday, President Obama addressed the nation, saying by the end of this year, he'll get a reform bill with universal coverage.

 "Slow down and read the bills" is the message they're sending their congressman.   "We just want to send a message to him saying please stop the madness, and read the bill," said Republican Chairman Don Cole of the 2nd Congressional District.

Protesters we spoke with said their main concerns are the affect components of the bill will have on small businesses, hospitals, and the elderly.

"Also the small business owners, they'll be swallowed up by bureaucracy," said Cole.

"Right now you can be seen for care in a week. If this happens we could be put on a list and not be seen for a year," said Weckwert.

"They're talking about euthanizing our seniors and I have an 86 year old grandmother that's important to me," said Larko.

"We're the silent majority and we're not going to be silent anymore," said Weckwert.

One woman said they would continue doing these protests in downtown Thomasville until they see change.

When we went inside Sanford Bishop's office today to see if any problems had occurred from the protests, they told us no, saying everyone was polite and simply voicing their opinions.

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