Support explodes for online petition to defund Obamacare

Sens Lee and CruzA week after Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee started a petition to garner support for defunding Obamacare, people are responding – in astounding numbers.

An online petition at DontFundIt.com listed over 25,000 signatures when BizPac Review posted a report on July 27, but the total has quickly risen to over 175,000.

“This is the last opportunity we’re going to have to stop Obamacare before the Jan. 1 deadline so we have to refuse to fund it now,” Lee is quoted as saying on the website.

In an email touting the effort’s success, the Senate Conservatives Fund quoted Chris Jacobs, senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, who wrote a recent paper explaining why defunding Obamacare is the next best option to full repeal:

“The list of Obamacare’s failures grows by the day. It is not that portions of the law are unworkable — the entire law is unworkable. Absent the law’s complete repeal, only full defunding would ensure that the American people are not subjected to any of these destructive policies. Congress can do its part in remedying these failures by using its all-important “power of the purse” to set a very clear line in the sand: not one single dime to fund Obamacare.”

Thirteen senators have signed the letter pledging to oppose Obamacare funding:

Mike Lee, R-Utah             David Vitter, R-La.

Ted Cruz, R-Texas           Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa

Rand Paul, R-Ky.             Jeff Chiesa, R-N.J.

Marco Rubio, R-Fla.        John Thune, R-S.D.

Deb Fischer, R-Neb.        Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

Jim Risch, R-Idaho          Mike Crapo, R-Idaho

Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.

The website, DontFundIt.com, also notes which senators – and candidates who hope to replace them – have pledged not to fund Obamacare in 2014.

DontFundIt.com is affiliated with the Senate Conservatives Fund, which describes itself as a “grassroots organization dedicated to electing strong conservative leaders to the United States Senate.” It is not affiliated with the Republican Party or any of its campaign committees, and it says it will not support liberal Republicans.

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR
About Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR

  • abe-froman

    We need every able bodied american patriot , lover of freedom and the constitution, to just drop what theyre doing and walk run drive fly train bus march to washington dc and send a clear message to congress&the president….Obamacare is repealed by THE PEOPLE

  • Doug

    You could try it but nobody’s home for five weeks.

  • Doug

    First let’s sign a petition to save the whales.

  • danaellen

    I can’t find defundit.com. I signed the petition already but want to encourage others to sign it. Was it taken down?

  • Anon

    How naive! Seriously, once the IRS gets a copy of this petition what do you think they are going to do? Hello!

    • Jason Wilkins

      That depends, are you planning on starting a non-profit organization and filing for tax exempt status with the intent to engage in primarily political speech in violation of the requirements of said tax exempt status?

  • Jason Wilkins

    Yes…defund the government…the last time we played this game with the Tea Party Caucus, we got our credit rating downgraded for the first time in history.

    It’s ok, it’s well worth it to defund the government in opposition to a law passed by congress, signed by the president, affirmed by the supreme court, and consisting entirely of mandatory spending (WHICH IS UNAFFECTED BY THE VERY ACT OF DEFUNDING). After all, given the unprecedented 39 failed repeal attempts, this symbolic defunding will be sure to yield results given the law is the president’s key achievement…Even a high school government student would realize this “petition” will NEVER accomplish anything besides another failed “repeal” attempt.

    Best part is, with all the doom and gloom from the right, Obamacare would have to LITERALLY destroy this economy in order to be seen as a failure since the right set the bar so incredibly low.

  • Scott

    If Obama care is kept law we will have the country addicted to insurance company’s controlling our lives and Health Care awareness will die to fraud and paranoia to peoples own health for a monopoly of broken spirits and no responsibility to there own Health .

    • Jason Wilkins

      ….What….I don’t understand what you mean…

      I’m pretty sure I’m pissed off that Obamacare was a half step that DIDN’T give us single payer. I hope you realize that Obamacare is actually a embracing of ideas from back during the 90′s created BY THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION.

      The individual mandate, the exchanges, and several other parts ARE DESIGNED TO PUSH PEOPLE ONTO PRIVATE HEALTHCARE PLANS…how is that the government controlling our lives?

      Also, you are fearful that insurance companines will control too much of our lives? So, are we saying that they DIDN’T before? I seem to remember they could control how much care I actually got. I seem to remember they could deny coverage based on preexisiting conditions. I seem to remember they could LEGALLY discriminate and charge more based upon sex. How does a system which forces insurance companies across state lines to compete = insurance company control that EXCEEDS what we have now?

      I think you are woefully mistaken about the nature of insurance companies before the ACA.

  • Scott

    ACA has to be repealed ..
    Do you know the leading cause of deaths in America is because of? Pharmaceutical drugs more than Heroin and cocaine and illegal drugs combined . What do you think Obama Care will add to that ? It will create a critical problem . All ready there are more drug stores in a city or town then Gas stations . Doctors give out medication to get kick backs from Pharmaceutical company’s. Addiction consoling and Methadone Clinics growing in major cities . People going to doctors to get drugs to sell . Hospitals filling beds only to bill Insurance company’s for profit with bloody Nose”s and broken toe nails . Did you know people getting pregnant to keep getting Methadone because these clinics can not take you off of Methadone if one is pregnant and then the child is born an addict . This law protects Doctors and Hospitals from being sued . This is a law wrote for inside trading to fill the pockets of politicians and lawyers .

  • Scott

    If Obama Care is kept Law 2/3 of your pay in your life time will go for Tax”s and Health Insurance payments to put drugs on the streets legal.

  • Oliver Sands

    http://fundobamacare.com is a counter-petition that was started this weekend to do the exact opposite.

    • Jason Wilkins

      Not really surprised to see that though I feel it’s best to just ignore ignorant petitions to defund rather than counter protest. It isn’t even a reasonable position. Not only is it extremely harmful to hold the debt limit hostage (which incidentally is not what it sounds like but rather an agreement that we will pay our bills to our creditors), but it is also politically impossible at this point.

      Such a move, like the 40 some failed repeal votes, is a waste of time and money. The makers of this counter protest should really spend their time protesting the repeal votes that congressional republicans have been holding in bad faith for the purposes of campaigning. After all, this is just posturing for their electorate and amounts to an embezzlement of government funds necessary to hold the repeal votes that are meaningless.