WASHINGTON (AP) — The House's top two Democrats said Monday that some of the behavior of health-care overhaul opponents is "simply un-American." The White House passed up an opportunity to agree.
Protesters have disrupted town-hall meetings held by lawmakers, in some cases shouting down speakers at the events. Police have had to intervene and videos of the events have circulated widely on YouTube and cable news.
"These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves," said Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland. "Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades."