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Court decision triggers protest

Outrage voiced during rush hour

POSTED: June 30, 2012 9:00 a.m.
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Protesters participate in a rally organized by the Forsyth County Tea Party Patriots Alliance on Thursday in front of the Forsyth County Courthouse.

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Car horns blasted Thursday night as traffic moved through the downtown Cumming square.

“Honk if you’re against Obamacare,” yelled Bob Frey as the steady flow of vehicles continued through the town.

The Forsyth County Tea Party Patriots Alliance organized the rally in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, announced earlier in the day, which largely upholds the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that took effect in 2010.

Tea party members and supporters held up signs in protest of the decision, as well as American and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags.

Trilby Leech, founder of the patriots alliance, called for action by voting on Nov. 6 for those who will repeal the act “to stop this nonsense.”

Leech spoke to the controversial mandate that individuals must carry health care insurance or pay.

“Where they shafted us is they put it in the tax [clause], that the government can assign taxes,” she said. “That is totally unfair. It is unfair to not only us, but to our children, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This is going to affect all of us.”

Emily Crabb said the court’s ruling is a landmark decision that sets a dangerous precedent.

“The federal government can tax anything they want to that is our right,” Crabb said. “We have lost our country as of today.”

Crabb added that she was “grieving” over the court’s decision, which she said likely will most affect the poorest Americans.

Leland Larson held a sign that read “Stop stealing from my grandchildren.”

He expressed concern about the costs of the health care law, which he said could reach the trillions.

Larson hoped a change in government during the general election would put officials in place that will “dismantle” the act.

 

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