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Tea Partiers Mock And Scorn Parkinson's Victim

This video shot by the Columbus Dispatch from this week's Honk and Wave in Support of Health Care at Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy's district office contains a segment where the teabaggers mock and scorn a Parkinson's victim telling him "he's in the wrong end of town to ask for handouts", calling him a communist and throwing money at him to "pay for his health care". Watch it:


The Parkinson's patient, Robert A. Letcher, 60, is a former nuclear engineer with a doctorate from Cornell University. Today the Dispatch posted a follow-up story on the rally and Letcher:

Columbus Dispatch: Parkinson's patient gains national attention from health-care rally confrontation

A demonstrator at a Columbus health-care rally who was chided for looking for a handout "on the wrong end of town" actually is a former nuclear engineer with a doctorate from Cornell University.

Robert A. Letcher, 60, had no way of knowing that attending the rally would make him a flashpoint in the raging national health-care debate.

But the treatment of Letcher, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, by two opponents of health-care legislation instantly became the topic of Internet chatter and bloggers and was given a prime spot on cable-news programs in the past two days.

The national press covered the rally:

Washington Independent: Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy Gets a Gift From Tea Partiers

NPR: Protesters Focus On Rep. Kilroy As Health Vote Nears

MJK penned a story on HuffPost: Stand Up for Decency



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