Defund Obamacare supporters turning up volume
August 19th, 2013
01:36 PM ET
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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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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    excellent......the GOP purity patrol is out again. they will not stop which is nothing but good news for democrats

    August 19, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "Congress should seize the moment and defund the entire law,"
    And replace the LAW with................................................


    August 19, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. California Gary

    Oh absolutely.......shut down the entire government if you have to.......we can't possibly allow everyone to have health coverage......and if we have to destroy the good faith and credibility of the U.S. government to get it stopped, so be it! What could possibly go wrong with a plan this well thought out? Thank goodness we have clear thinking people like this in high's why congress is so popular these days.

    August 19, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. lolo

    The sane GOP just can't keep the crazies quiet. They are riuning it for them slowly but surely. This is why they ae trying to stop people from voting. They have got to cheat to win now. The sane GOP sold their souls to the KKK devils and are not in control anymore. Was it worth it GOP????????????? I don't think so, because your crazies are yelling lounder than you and saying nothing. They are only digging that hole deeper for you.

    August 19, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Tony from Oakland California

    "It (Health care) will be their (GOP) Waterloo"..............

    August 19, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. jboh

    The law was lawfully passed, approved by the Supreme Court, and Pres. Obama was reelected while running on it. TEA/GOP temper tantrums have reached the point of outright treason. Their hatred of Obama for having the audacity to defeat their heroes borders on mental illness. TEA/GOP are looking more like spoiled brats every day. Do the peoples' work instead of being cry-babies. GROW UP!

    August 19, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. 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.

    August 19, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. lew todd

    Jim De Mint, the politician who was elected last November and then resigned his post in January to become president of the Heritage Foundation...Thanks for coming out and wasting all that money on your re-election...I guess you had no idea in Novemeber....What a tool...By the way, there is zero chance that this defunding will even pass the House, let alone go any further...

    August 19, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. 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.

    August 19, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. NameFrank Deery

    The Health Care Bill, now full of "exemtions"
    (Congress and staff, who helped put this through), "executive orders" (didn't Obama read -and understand-what he signed?), plus
    dubious delays(employer mandate vs employee), needs to be either totally delayed for clarfication or dumped. 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.

    Haste makes waste, Nsncy, Harry, and Obsma! And where is Hillary on this? Already on the 2016 road at safe ABA meeting in SF last week she "focused" on race, not healthcare. Her idiot husband ended her 2008 run with stupid race-card remarks in The Carolinas! Blonde ambition,

    August 19, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Name Uche Agonsi

    Looks like Obamacare is the only bill the GOP legislate for over two years now. If they shut down the government, I hope they be receiving their salaries.

    August 19, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Name

    They are wasting their time, we work and pay taxes so we deserves the same heath care your have, why ur want us pay for all your family heath care for life and your don't want us to have the same,your call your self christian, the bible said, help those who are in need, the poor, sick, disable thats the way of god so your need to stop calling ur self christian

    August 19, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    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.
    Why is support for such a "no-brainer" cause so lackluster? Because most people in the Congress know how the process actually works, which means that they know that the House cannot defund Obamacare no more than it can defund Social Security. Why not? Because the money for funding it is out of Congress' reach, which most people in the Congress already know, including many who are supporting the defunding idea. Because most people have sense enough to see that this entire PR campaign is pure political skullduggery, which they know will only fail in the end and don't want such juvenile gamesmanship on their political records.

    August 19, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Anthony

    I have said this before, but Obamacare will not be affected by a government shutdown. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) asked the Congressional Research Service, the public policy research arm of Congress, and was told that much of Obamacare is mandatory spending, meaning that it is mandated by law, and it will continue even if Republicans were to shut down the government.

    Stop lying to your base, Republicans. If shutting down the government could have made a difference, Republicans would have done it a long time ago.

    August 19, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Revolution

    Nobody will have obamacare anyways. Everyone will just pay the fine because they won't be able to afford it with thier part time job.

    August 19, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Bill

    Keep it up teabaggers and right wingnuts. And as noted above, shutting the government down will not defund the health care law. What it will do, is ensure even more GOP seats lost in 2014 and a democratic hold on the Senate and White House for years to come. So by all means, keep screaming and complaining.

    August 19, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. PJ

    I don't pretend to understand all of this but I did find something that helps:
    CNN Money article "Defunding Obamacare" by Jeane Sahadi, Aug 15, 2013 and
    The New Yorker article "unpopular Mandate" by Ezra Klein, June 25, 2012 both interesting and
    both show what petty, little, people these "defunders" are.
    The Heritage Foundation had the same plan, including mandates. Pathetic.

    August 19, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC


    Nobody will have obamacare anyways. Everyone will just pay the fine because they won't be able to afford it with thier part time job.
    More right wing disinformation.
    Those meeting certain income requirements would be eligible for a subsidy, if not free health care.

    August 19, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. sonny chapman

    Why not rename it "The Bob Dole/Richard Nixon/Mitt Romney Personal Responsibility Act". Take Obama's name out of it & reduce the hate.

    August 19, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "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. "

    There are myriad sources of extremely clear explanations and breakdowns, including on the WH website, OFA and other places, like research outfits like Kaiser, etc. You apparently know how to use the intertubez, so I suggest you Google it. If you want to avoid being "confused" about it, avoid right wing propaganda and misinformation campaigns like you'll find on Red State or WND, and just look for the objective stuff from researchers and experts. I'd provide you a link, but CNN doesn't allow them on the Ticker.

    August 19, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Snuffit


    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.

    August 19, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. HenryMiller

    America got its start defying a tyrannical, indifferent, government. It's time we did it again.

    August 19, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "now full of "exemtions" (Congress and staff, who helped put this through)"

    Not true whatsoever. Grassley's amendment would have forced Congressional staff et al to be treated DIFFERENTLY than employees of other large organizations. It was a poison pill. His amendment would've made it so that a very large employer, in this case the US gov't, would not be providing its employees with health care...when the rest of large employers in the country would be mandated to do so or face the penalties. The administrative decision to allow the gov't to subsidize these employees' healthcare actually bring it in line with the way other large organizations are being treated. Grassley's poison pill nonsense was the "exemption," not the decision to allow funding of these employees' health care.

    August 19, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "America got its start defying a tyrannical, indifferent, government. It's time we did it again."

    Yeah, health care for all is clearly tyranny and helping make sure that 40M people who were without health care insurance or access to care are getting covered is the very definition of "indifferent." They're taking away your freedom to be ostracized by the insurance industry!!! Time for 2A remedies, right!?!?!? Try it. Get back to me on how that works out for you. In the meantime, history will keep rolling its eyes at your hyperbole.

    August 19, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Making stuff up on the fly again, eh Rudy? Now, the real story:

    "But while Warren ended the race around $400,000 in debt, Brown’s final FEC report lists his cash on hand as $464,000. Neither number includes bills that were processed after Nov. 26. A Brown campaign official said the final amount of money left in Brown’s bank account will be closer to $150,000 or $200,000."

    NO DEBT. You're consistent, Rudy... consistently wrong, but consistent nonetheless.
    You're lying. You consistently quote an unnamed source, which no one can verify. Until you do, it's lie.. Nice try.
    All you gotta do is googlez it, man... my source was the Boston Globe (hardly a bastion of conservatism). YOU are the lie. YOU.

    August 19, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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