From our friends over at Raw Story:

By David Edwards and Sahil Kapur

The passion against health care reform has elevated to such a level that protesters on Tuesday mocked an apparent Parkinson’s Disease victim, scorning him as a “communist” who is looking for “handouts.”

Protesters on both ends of the health care debate squared off in competing rallies outside the Columbus, Ohio office of district Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH), who says she’s undecided on her vote for the bill.

A wrinkled, kneeling man holding a stick crawled up to a group opposing the effort with a sign saying he’s “got Parkinson’s” and needs help.

“If you’re looking for a handout you’re in the wrong end of town,” one man yelled at him. “Nothing for free over here, you have to work for everything you get.”

Parkinson’s is an incurable and degenerative brain disorder that impairs the victim’s speech, motor skills and various other functions.

Another man walked up him and threw a dollar bill at him and said derisively, “I’ll pay for this guy, start a pot.” Tossing another bill at the sedentary man, he screamed, “No more handouts!”

“You love a communist!” shouted another protester in response.

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