Led by radio talk show host Mike Gallagher, using an ambulance and a stretcher, Salem Radio Networks along with the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) delivered an unprecedented 1.3 million petition signatures to Congress today opposing the government takeover of health care. At 61,000 pages long it is the largest petition ever delivered to Congress.
The petitions were presented to Republican leaders in Congress including House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio), House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.), House Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.) and Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (Ga.). Accepting from the Senate were Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas).
“I accept these petitions from the American people,” Boehner said at the ceremony. “I just want to say to the 1.3 million people who signed the petition we will not let you down.”
The petition was launched on May 25 by the Salem Radio Network team of nationally-syndicated talk show hosts. Mike Gallagher, Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved, Dennis Prager and Janet Parshall were on hand at the ceremonies to deliver this message to Congress from their millions of listeners.
On a side note, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-N.D.) earlier today said that Democrats were willing to go it alone on health care proposals and he would introduce a bill in his committee next week with or without Republican support.
I caught up to Sen. DeMint at the festivities and asked him for a reaction. “Democrats have gone it alone all along on healthcare,” DeMint said. “The only thing that’s ever been up for discussion is what type of government plan we were going to have. The idea of any free market solutions as a way to improve health insurance has never been on the table or any common sense tort reforms. It does surprise me that so many Democrats are on record about not changing rules to ram something down our throats that they’re actually talking about using this change of rules for a major piece of legislation the American people don’t want. It’s incredible to me that they’re thinking about doing this. Going it alone, they’ve done it. Changing the rules, that would be an unprecedented thing to do so hopefully they won’t do it.”