Anti-Obamacare Rally Planned for Saturday

At the corner of 4th St and 62nd Avenue north, protesters will rally against Obamacare.

While it was not the focal point of this week's debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney, the future implementation "Obamacare" is still on the minds of voters throughout the U.S. and here in St. Pete. 

On Saturday, more than a hundred protesters are expected to protest the Obama's Affordable Care Act at a Stand up for Religious Freedom rally at the southwest corner of 4th Street North and 62nd Avenue N. 

The group has taken to 4th Street multiple times already this year to protest the Health and Human Services mandate, but this time it will be after the Supreme Court held up the individual mandate earlier this summer. 

Guest speakers for Saturday's rally include:

  • Larry Ahern, State Representative
  • Jeff Brandes, State Senate
  • Dr. David McKalip, St. Pete city council candidate
  • Rev Glenn Pav, AM1110 WTIS radio

In June event organizer Michael Brennan said Obamacare is an attack on religious freedom. 

"I'm here to support the 1st Amendment," Brennan said at the June rally. "It says our government will not get in the way of religious freedom. 

"The problem with the Health and Human Services Mandate, it opposes more than the Catholic Church but other Christian communities as well," Brennan added. "Abortions, sterilization, and of course, that all important pill that we will have to be freely provided for all services aligned with churches."

Voter Stand Up Rally released a statement about Saturday's event, which takes place from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

"The Voter Stand Up Rally in St Petersburg will oppose the attack on freedom by 'central planners' Kathleen Sebelius via Obamacare. The primary objective of the 'central planners' is to establish a secular ideology in the form of a state religion to usurp the free exercise of our religious rights." 

... We are dedicated to oppose the Health and Human Services Administration mandates on Faith Based charities and hospitals. These mandates will cost millions in penalties to be collected by the IRS. The First Amendment protecting religious freedom is at risk. Faith based good works may be bankrupted by 'Central Planners' of Health and Human Services."

Also on Saturday, at the same time as the Stand up for Religious Freedom Rally, there will be a rally against Amendment 6 at Jannus Live. Amedment 6, if approved, would make the ban on federal funds for abortions part of the Florida Constitution.

Speakers at the GOTV Unplugged rally included activist and author Gloria Steinem, Rep. Kathy Castor, State House Rep. Rick Kriseman and U.S. Rep. candidate Jessica Ehrlich. 

Nadia Winston October 19, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I am in full support of repealing Obama care. However I really wish abortion was taken off the political table. I personally wouldn't have one, but I want the right to make that choice as I feel it's between me and God. You can fight for freedom while denying people free will - which is God given. Not ALL Christians feel the same way that you do, so let's just allow that to be a moral issue.
Rider October 19, 2012 at 06:29 PM
ObamaCare is modeled after RomneyCare in Massachusetts. Gov Mitt got it started because the uninsured flock to ER's in hospitals, which is the most expensive place to be treated. The theory is that mandating insurance, not socialized medicine, would help cut these costs and, apparently, it has. (and wow, that sign in the picture above is scary I serve God not Obama.....what's up with that? strange days we are in )
Marc J. Yacht MD, MPH October 20, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Florida is #3 in the nation for numbers of health uninsured. 20% of Florida's children are health uninsured and 25% of residents under the age of 65 are uninsured. ObamaCare is fully paid from 2014 until 2016. The States share will never be more than 10%. 2,275 Floridians will die this year for lack of health insurance, about 4 a da, and thousands more will not be able to get he medications they need and will face preventable dibilitating illness or end up in Florida emergency rooms. 75% of the uninsured are working. Refusing ObamaCare which could add 1.7M to the medicaid roles is not about saving money it is about politics. Have a great demonstration!
Marc J. Yacht MD, MPH October 20, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Correction: Approximately 6 (not 4)per day will die in Florida due to lack of health insurance. 75% of the uninsured reside in working families. The refusal of Scott to cooperate and accept ObamaCare will be a life and death issue for many residents. 17 States refusing Obama care have the highest numbers of uninsured. People without access to equitable health care represent a risk to spread disease in their respective communities. Their unpaid emergency room care translates to higher premiums for the rest of us. As I said - have a great rally.
Red October 20, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Ya ! Who wants health care for poor people anyway. They should not have trusted banks and brokers anyway. If these freeloaders are too sick to work it their own fault. They should have prayed longer, worked harder and made better investments.
JDMcC October 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM
The perpetually aggrieved, aging, non-college-educated white voters who comprise the vast majority of Obamacare opponents do not know or care anything about the intricacies of public health policy, nor do they know a thing about what "socialism" actually is. They are under-educated, ill-informed and intellectually lazy. They screech and bray about "freedom", and yet they fail to grasp the fact that true freedom cannot exist when someone is scared to death to go to the doctor because they have no health insurance. These ignorant loons nothing about medical science or the reserach process which gives rise to it. Empiricism and reason are foreign to them. They think doctors are essentially magicians whose hands are guided by supernatural powers. That's why they have no business determining public health policy for American citizens. By the way, these people also fail to understand that Obamacare is not in any way a government takeover of health care. Even a simple click of the mouse would show them that every single advanced industrialized democracy on the planet provided some form of universal health coverage to its citizens (something Obamacare does not do), and that there is ZERO controversy about this ANYWHERE. Apparently they haven't yet figured out how to use a search engine. If they had, they'd also have discovered by now that the U.S. has some of the worst health care outcomes among advanced nations (infant mortality is but one example). In sum, they're fanatics.
Suzinstpete October 20, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Sad there are so many people who would put religious ideology effecting a very few people over health care for millions. What are they thinking? As an uninsured self-employed professional; I pray daily that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) stands so that I, one day, will have access to a doctor, regular check-ups and catastrophic care in case anything ever goes wrong. I'm tired of living in fear of a health problem; it is sad there are so many who oppose this basic human right.
Michael F Brennan October 20, 2012 at 08:45 PM
The Voter Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally was held today at FoundersCorner.us to an impressive number of St Petersburg's best citizens. It started slow at 11:30am and we only had 135 at 12:15pm. However citizen voters continued to arrive and totaled those who rallied and left about 300 by 2pm. The speakers as reported: Larry Ahern, State Representative Jeff Brandes, State Senate Dr. David McKalip, St. Pete city council candidate Rev Glenn Pav, AM1110 WTIS radio were supplemented by great Americans who believed deeply in the First Amendment and Religious Freedom. Larry Ahern said it for everyone when he pointed out that the Washington D.C. crowd have their eyes on Faith based ministries for abuse and takeover. We will stand up and oppose this attack on our great nation that endorsed religious liberty from its initiation. Michael F Brennan Rally Captain, Voter Stand Up for Religious Freedom
Michael F Brennan October 20, 2012 at 09:02 PM
After re-reading this article I need to add something about the NE Patch, St Petersburg. They sensed something brewing many months ago that effect this election. While staying outside the fray they saw that there were issues that were going to make a difference late into the political dog fight. We need to add that we recently went all out to contact and place our defense of faith based ministries to the Spanish speaking community. We translated into Spanish our most core information and flyers so that it would appeal to the Spanish speaking Christian who are numerous. We sincerely believe that this will draw many voters to protect their Church from this attack, and change the tendency for Spanish speaking American citizens to vote Democratic in this Presidential election. Michael F Brennan Rally Captain, St Petersburg Voter Stand Up for Religious Freedom
Michael F Brennan October 21, 2012 at 12:27 AM
It is curious how so many here reflect a complete mis-comprehension of the points that are made by Mr. Brennan in the article. Even doctors don't seem to see that the issue is not about universal health care, which I hope my son receives. It is about a central government run amok in its 'central planning' ideology. Michael F Brennan St Petersburg Rally Captain Voter Stand Up for Religious Freedom
Jack Sprat October 21, 2012 at 03:44 AM
The real point of the "Affordable" Care Act is that it does not address health care costs - and there are many ways those costs can be contained and even reduced. However, nothing in the Act pertains to those potential cost reductions. Instead, the Act has resulted in increased premiums for those with health insurance and yes, ultimately it will provide insurance for many people who cannot afford it. Because others will pay for it through additional taxes. It is that simple. Universal health care for all is a noble objective and there are ways to achieve that goal without placing all of the burden on others. Of course those who support the Act do so because they are not the ones who will be paying for it. It would be interesting to see credible substantiation of the assertion that "....6 (not 4)per day will die in Florida due to lack of health insurance." Yes, people do die, but how many actually die solely because they do not have health care insurance? There are millions of people who qualify for insurance, can afford to pay for it and choose not to. There are millions who qualify for Medicaid and even Medicare and have not elected to complete the necessary applications. There are millions of illegal aliens who should not qualify for health care because they are not citizens of the U.S. - but some hospitals have literally gone out of business, bankrupted due to the costs of treating illegal aliens in their ER's (over 100 in CA alone).
Jack Sprat October 21, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Wow! Another expert! Thanks for all the information! And great name-calling. Very, very intellectual commentary.


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