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Rep. Wilson’s office targeted by health-care rally

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2009, file photo, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., center, listens during President Barack Obama's speech on health care to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington.
FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2009, file photo, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., center, listens during President Barack Obama's speech on health care to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP

Supporters of universal health care plan to rally Saturday outside the offices of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson.

The rally will be held outside the Springdale Republican’s congressional office in West Columbia, at 1700 Sunset Blvd., from 1 to 3 p.m.

The event is being organized by Our Revolution South Carolina, a spin-off of democratic socialist U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. The group promotes a federally funded health insurance system that covers all Americans as a right.

“We want Rep. Wilson to know, on Tax Day, that this is where we want our tax dollars spent,” the group said in a statement announcing the rally.

Wilson is most famous nationally for shouting “You lie” at President Barack Obama during a 2009 speech to Congress promoting the president’s own health care reform, the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

The phrase recently was hurled back at Wilson by some attending a town-hall meeting in his 2nd District.

Saturday’s rally will feature physicians and health-care advocates who will speak in favor of universal coverage, organizers said.

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