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Thousands rally to protest healthcare bill

The Boston Globe/Associated Press, November 6, 2009

Chanting "Kill the bill," thousands of conservatives rallied at the Capitol on Thursday against the Democrats' healthcare overhaul plan, labeling it a government takeover of the nation's medical system. The protest attracted many of the so-called Tea Party demonstrators angry with increased spending and an expanded government role under the Obama administration. Their signs ranged from the harsh, "Waterboard Congress," to an echo of the rallying cry at August town halls with lawmakers, "Vote no to government-run health care." One protester carried a placard reading, "Bury Obamacare with Kennedy," a reference to Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., who died of brain cancer this past summer.