Brent Finnegan -- July 31st, 2009
Americans For Prosperity Virginia, the conservative PAC instrumental in the organization of the Tea Party protests, stopped in Harrisonburg today. But the purpose of this visit wasn’t taxes or tea. It was to oppose Obama’s health care reform proposal. I spoke with AFP organizer Ben Marchi and
Suzanne Kate Obenshain.
Addressing the gathering of local conservatives standing in the drizzle, Marchi called Obama’s plan “the biggest government power grab in history.” He urged the crowd to call senators Warner and Webb and ask them to vote against the plan. Marchi said AFP has a petition with over 5,000 signatures they plan to present to the senators.
Suzanne Kate Obenshain quoted a FOX News poll stating that 91 percent of Americans already have health care, and 84 percent of those covered like what they have. Those poll results are at odds with others that indicate support for Obama’s plan (although the context of satisfaction polls may be off point anyway).
Obenshain also put down the so-called co-op plans that some “blue dog” Democrats have floated, insisting on nothing less than an unadulterated free-market model. “God bless Milton Friedman,” she added.
Marchi said the AFP bus is zig-zagging its way across the state, making four of five stops per day.