Defund Obamacare supporters turning up volume
August 19th, 2013
01:36 PM ET
1 year ago

Defund Obamacare supporters turning up volume

Updated 2:43 p.m. ET, 8/19

Washington (CNN) - Conservatives backing the push to shut down the federal government if funding isn't cut off by the end of September for President Barack Obama's health care law are launching new ads and a series of town halls starting this week.

The new drive comes as a growing number of Republicans are resisting such calls for a government shutdown over the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

Heritage Action for America, a leading political advocacy group, Monday announced it would spend more than half a million dollars to run on-line ads in the districts of 100 House Republican lawmakers who have not joined the drive to try and defund the healthcare law. Last month Heritage Action joined 49 other conservative groups in demanding the House GOP leadership pass a bill to fund the government but not allow any money for Obamacare.

"The American people may have been locked out of the legislative process that gave us Obamacare, but they will be the force behind stopping this unworkable, unaffordable law. Congress should seize the moment and defund the entire law," said Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham, in a statement.

The announcement by Heritage Action comes on the same day that two other conservative groups, ForAmerica and Tea Party Patriots, also launched an on-line ad campaign targeting GOP senators and House Speaker John Boehner in an effort to persuade them to defund ObamaCare.

Some conservative lawmakers, including Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida and Mike Lee of Utah, are using upcoming budget battles as leverage, vowing to oppose any measure that provides funding for the federal government that includes funding for the health care law. The measure funding the federal government expires September 30, setting up another Capitol Hill budget battle between congressional Republicans and the White House.

But so far only slightly more than a dozen fellow Republican senators have signed up to support the cause, leaving it up to outside conservative groups to rally the base.

The announcement of internet ads by Heritage Action, which is a sister organization of the Heritage Foundation, one of the oldest and largest conservative think tanks, comes on the same day the group is launching a nine-stop "Defund Obamacare Tour." Joining the series of townhalls, which kick off Monday in Fayetteville, Arkansas, are former Sen. Jim DeMint, the Heritage Foundation president, and Rafael Cruz, the father of Sen. Cruz. The senator from Texas will join DeMint and his father at the second town hall, Tuesday in Dallas.

Two progressive groups, Americans United for Change and Protect Your Care, plan counter protests outside the townhalls.

"Pro Health Reform advocates are going to meet the repealers and defunders on the battlefield and confront them directly and aggressively," says Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change. "A strong majority of the American people want the Affordable Care Act implemented and fixed if necessary – they do not want it repealed – which is the only plan for health care Republicans have."

Americans appear divided on whether they want the law, which passed in 2010 along party lines when the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. In one of the most recent surveys on the law, conducted last month for CBS News, nearly four in ten called for the entire law to be repealed, with 18% saying that just the measure's controversial individual mandate should be repealed. Thirty-six percent of those questioned said that the law should be kept as is, or expanded.


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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    -Snuffit

    jboh

    The law was lawfully passed, approved by the Supreme Court, and Pres. Obama was reelected while running on it.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    Wow "lawfully passed" is a joke. With all the backroom shenanigans that were pulled to ram this down our throat, the term "lawful" is highly questionable. Why do you think the House Dems were decimated in the 2010 elections with sweeping losses never seen before in history? The American people did not want this in it's current form.
    ********************
    Considering the procedural garbage the GOP has used to bring our already ineffective government to a crawl, your statement is beyond arrogant. The GOP has lost seats, even with redistricting in place, and garnered fewer votes than the Democrats did, even with holding more seats in the House. The" sweeping losses" took place in a mid-term election, and the GOP lost ground 2 years later. If the country dislikes the current law, they loathe and despise the House GOP as not even being worth the time of day because they cater to every wacko cause, and ignore the real issues. The GOP has rarely, if ever, allowed a Democratic ammendment on the few bills that have come out of committee to be considered: when the ACA was being discussed, teh GOP refused to contribute anything to the process, even the Mandate was a GOP idea. Get a grip on reality before you start running off with the Hannity-approved talking points.

    August 19, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. TC

    WOW. We only over spend $1,000,000,000,000 per year.
    Let's double down, we can afford it next year. But not the way we are going.

    August 19, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    All you gotta do is googlez it, man... my source was the Boston Globe (hardly a bastion of conservatism). YOU are the lie. YOU.
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    That's a start. A date and title of the article would be nice, if you're quoting stuff. Let me point out that the article sounds as if was published November 2012, before all of the campaign debts were paid. You're throwing all of your eggs into one basket, based upon an estimate given by a Brown campaign sfatter, not actual FEC filings as is the case with the Warren numbers.

    August 19, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    @Fair is Fair

    Your quote of the article, which I'm not looking up BTW, cites an FEC filing for Warren, and a campaign insider for Brown who provided an "estimate" of their debts. I wouldn't put too much stock in such statements. They're self-serving jabberwocky. Apparently Brown had not yet filed an FEC statement, which in itself is not good, and their guy made up some numbers.

    August 19, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Swedge70

    Snuffit

    Why do you think the House Dems were decimated in the 2010 elections with sweeping losses never seen before in history?
    ---------------------------------
    It's called gerrymandering and voter suppression. Heard of those?

    August 19, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    All you gotta do is googlez it, man... my source was the Boston Globe (hardly a bastion of conservatism). YOU are the lie. YOU.
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    That's a start. A date and title of the article would be nice, if you're quoting stuff. Let me point out that the article sounds as if was published November 2012, before all of the campaign debts were paid. You're throwing all of your eggs into one basket, based upon an estimate given by a Brown campaign sfatter, not actual FEC filings as is the case with the Warren numbers.
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    December 7, 2012, Boston Globe, "Scott Brown ends Campaign with Extra Funds". Cites the figures in his FEC filing.

    So now YOU admit you were making statements with no factual basis to them whatsoever. But nooooo... that won't happen now, will it?

    August 19, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    NameFrank Deery

    No Democrat I have heard, including Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, the authors, has come forth to really explain this bill, which Americans are confused about.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The only people who are confused are those who choose to remain obtuse on the subject.

    August 19, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Snuffit

    The Real Tom Paine

    -Snuffit

    jboh

    The law was lawfully passed, approved by the Supreme Court, and Pres. Obama was reelected while running on it.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    Wow "lawfully passed" is a joke. With all the backroom shenanigans that were pulled to ram this down our throat, the term "lawful" is highly questionable. Why do you think the House Dems were decimated in the 2010 elections with sweeping losses never seen before in history? The American people did not want this in it's current form.
    ********************
    Considering the procedural garbage the GOP has used to bring our already ineffective government to a crawl, your statement is beyond arrogant. The GOP has lost seats, even with redistricting in place, and garnered fewer votes than the Democrats did, even with holding more seats in the House. The" sweeping losses" took place in a mid-term election, and the GOP lost ground 2 years later. If the country dislikes the current law, they loathe and despise the House GOP as not even being worth the time of day because they cater to every wacko cause, and ignore the real issues. The GOP has rarely, if ever, allowed a Democratic ammendment on the few bills that have come out of committee to be considered: when the ACA was being discussed, teh GOP refused to contribute anything to the process, even the Mandate was a GOP idea. Get a grip on reality before you start running off with the Hannity-approved talking points.
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    I say let the current law take effect as planned and on the original schedule (not letting OB pick and choose when/what/where) as it suits his political needs. It is crystal clear why he chose to delay parts of law past the 2014 elections....to prevent another sweeping loss to the Democrats.

    August 19, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Defund Obamacare supporters turning up volume"

    Newsflash: Louder does not make your arguments any better or more sane.

    August 19, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Maltytasker

    Once again the far right threatens to hurt the country if they don't get their way. They played this game of political Russian Roulette with the debt ceiling and brought our country's credit rating down. At least there are some sane Republicans who are not letting anger get in the way of good judgement.

    August 19, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Hector Slagg

    It Appears,
    Everyone except the "Suckers" that don't understand it are getting Exemptions. Shut down the Government? Now that the Liberal's have spent all the money there is no Government to shut down. However, the government printing press are running full blast. Paper for your bushel basket's, anyone?

    August 19, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Time to sweep out the corrupt, incompetent GOP garbage.

    August 19, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. Snuffit

    Swedge70

    Snuffit

    Why do you think the House Dems were decimated in the 2010 elections with sweeping losses never seen before in history?
    -----------
    It's called gerrymandering and voter suppression. Heard of those?
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    Ah, the battle cry of Libs "gerrymandering and voter suppression" sounds like the Right wing and their "voter fraud" battle cry.

    Try to think outside the Air America box for once....

    August 19, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Larry in Houston

    LOL....who's going to "defund" it ? every republican ?? I doubt it.....how about the ultra right wingers ? most likely.....
    the moderates ? I doubt if there is that many of them, who wants to "de-fund" it.... how about the independents ? they most likely don't care, one way, or another.
    Bottom Line : once again, the far right, or what you might want to call the T party people, is at it again.....I guess they don't want anybody that sees things any other way, than theirs, to be in office....

    August 19, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    Anyone on the Far Right thinking this is going to galvanize voters like 2010 is dreaming. There is not a fraction of the passion on the Right that there was 4 years agao, and they are unlikely to persuade people to vote for GOP candidates who cannot or will not promise what they will replace the ACA with once its repealed. The GOP has swung so far to the right that the Independent voters will not support their candidates: 2+ years of the GOP mismanaging the House has soured plenty on the GOP, especially endless and pointless votes for repeal and votes on social issues the GOP is now on the losing side of.

    August 19, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Arun

    These are the same idiots who say get rid of medicare and SS for others, but it's their right to have it for themselves!!

    August 19, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    December 7, 2012, Boston Globe, "Scott Brown ends Campaign with Extra Funds". Cites the figures in his FEC filing.

    So now YOU admit you were making statements with no factual basis to them whatsoever. But nooooo... that won't happen now, will it?
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    I admit nothing of the sort. In fact, your "facts" are based upon a self-serving claim by a Brown staffer, not an FEC filing. You have no facts. I made my statement based upon the FACT that most every high profile campaign that I've watched always ends with some debt. Brown would be the first to finish without any debt. In other words, I totally dismiss the "no debt" claim for Brown by his staffer, who even included a disclaimer that all of the bills were not added up.

    August 19, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. w l jones

    Just make a deai all company ,private and origanzation healthcare insurance pay tax on every person they cover and past the cost on to to them. A deal!

    August 19, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    "I say let the current law take effect as planned and on the original schedule (not letting OB pick and choose when/what/where) as it suits his political needs. It is crystal clear why he chose to delay parts of law past the 2014 elections....to prevent another sweeping loss to the Democrats."
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    No. Many large companies were so convinced that the SCOTUS would strike down the law that they did little or nothing to prepare for implementing it. Also, conservative judges ordered progress on the law halted until a ruling could be made on appeal. Instead of having a few years to prepare, suddenly we were faced with implementing it one, complete with a Congress stilll trying not to fund the foundation work that must be put in place prior to implementation. No wonder it's delayed.

    August 19, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Thomas

    Funding cuts hit 57,000 preschoolers .
    Last month Heritage Action joined 49 other conservative groups in demanding the House GOP leadership pass a bill to fund the government but not allow any money for Obamacare.

    Invade Syria ,and all this wont matter !

    August 19, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Robert Brewer

    Historically, this same argument prevailed over Medicare during it's passage. The Republicans need to swallow and digest their legislative defeats. But to go through the 'back door' and attempt not to fund the law of the land is simply unAmerican. If you don't like provisions in the law, change them through the legislative process. But, let's act like statesmen not politicians.

    This President has been so mistreated by some members of this Congress. One can make the argument that racism is at the core of some of it. Senator Mitch McConnell openly callously predicted this would be a one-term President a few weeks on the job. A nice way for this President to be greeted at the White House! Would it not have been better to ask for a meeting to find ways to work together? I want a Congress that is joined together with common goals on what to do if not how to do it! – Please, there has been enough of this outrageous behavior!!! It is embarrassing for the world to watch this Congress. It has the lowest approval rating and is a universal joke. Let's throw them all out and start fresh.

    August 19, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. Laverne

    Some of the republicans are reluctant to try this stunt because they know it will be the nail in their coffin in 2014 and 2016! These tea baggers are going to be the death of the republican party and they will have no one to blame but themselves because they were to faint hearted to stand up to stupidity!

    August 19, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Me

    Data Driven

    Nope, not gonna happen. The House of Representatives doesn't run the country. (Thank goodness.). Senate Republicans aren't on board. President Obama isn't on board. American citizens aren't on board; only 36% want repeal. If House Republicans put anti-Obamacare language in any bill, it won't get past the Senate, and even if it got past the Senate, the President wouldn't sign it.

    Better focus on battles you can win, Republicans.
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    As usual dems talking all these facts but don't EVER back them up, cite your SOURCES!!! I have seen just the opposite personally, MOST want it repealed!!!

    August 19, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. Topher

    Don't Tank the Stockmarket

    What's the benefit for individuals who may save a few dollars a year on healthcare by repealing Obamacare, if the government is shut down and the Stock Market goes into a tailspin? Republicans will cost American investors trillions of dollars to save themselves a few hundred dollars a year? Only people with no investments would get behind this stupidity.
    _______________
    At least you have identified one issue; the stock market is ARTIFICALLY inflated and WILL come down sometime!!! As soon as the government stops pumping money into the economy (can't spend like a drunken sailor forever!!!) the market will lose TONS regardless!!!! Obamacare has nothing to do with this issue or has very little, that is not why the stock market will drop drastically in the future, well if our out of control government will ever stop spending trillions and trillions more then we have!!! Talk about stupidity or maybe ignorance, probably both with you!

    August 19, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Pander Bear

    Just because they're whining louder doesn't mean it will change anything (and it shouldn't). The conservatives in America are absolutely useless.

    August 19, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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