Indiana Republicans are joining the fight against health care reform in the United States. Today, Indiana Republican Party chairman Murray Clark sent a letter to every member of the Indiana congressional delegation asking for lawmakers to "slow the incredibly fast and potential damaging speed" at which health care reform legislation is currently moving in Washington.
Clark sent his letter to the letter were Sens. Richard Lugar and Evan Bayh, and Reps. Pete Visclosky, Joe Donnelly, Mark Souder, Steve Buyer, Dan Burton, Mike Pence, Andre Carson, Brad Ellsworth and Baron Hill.
"As Chairman of The Indiana Republican Party, I could easily write to you today with my own questions, or with a list of reasons why I disagree with the Democrat plan as it stands today," wrote Clark. "Instead, I write to you today in a bipartisan spirit to ask you to call for a more measured approach to this issue. Hoosiers have many questions, and these questions deserve more than hastily thought out answers."
Calling Obama's efforts "rash," Clark expresses concern over the speed with which the bill is moving through Congress. "It leaves no time to answer the myriad of questions that surround this issue, no time to receive adequate feedback from Hoosier citizens who are counting on meaningful reform, and no time to reach sufficient legislative compromise... I find it extremely troubling that Congress could even attempt to pass such a monstrous bill in such a short span of time."
A group calling itself "Tea Party Patriots" are also joining together today in protest of what they see as Obama's attempt "to impose socialized medicine."
Many of those joining these protests also participated in previous Tea Party Protests held on April 15 and July 4 of this year. According to the group's spokesperson, "many of the participants are first time political activists rallying to express their anger, frustration, and opposition towards more spending, more government, and the elimination of our free market system all of which are problems with socialized health care."
Beginning at noon, protests are scheduled outside the offices of Indiana lawmakers including Dan Burton, Evan Bayh, Richard Lugar and Andre Carson.