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Thousands protest ObamaCare

WASHINGTON (AP) – Chanting “Kill the bill,” thousands of conservatives incensed over the Democrats’ health care overhaul protested at the Capitol on Thursday, arguing that the legislation amounts to a government takeover of the nation’s medical system.

The crowd, invited on national television by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., was staunchly anti-government – “Politicians lie, people die,” read one sign – but loudly cheered the House Republicans who hosted the event. The protest attracted many of the so-called Tea Party demonstrators angry with increased spending and an expanded government role under the Obama administration.

“This bill is the greatest threat to freedom that I have seen,” House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio told the crowd.

“We’re not going to leave this Hill until we kill this bill,” declared Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

That’s highly unlikely. House Democrats hope to pass the sweeping legislation on Saturday, buoyed by endorsements on Thursday from the American Medical Association and the AARP, the powerful seniors lobby. President Barack Obama makes a final appeal to Democrats during a rare visit to the Capitol today.