In what’s being called the last chance to stop Obamacare, Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have ramped up their efforts to defund the program.
An online petition at DontFundIt.com has garnered over 25,000 signatures. The site features a countdown to the anticipated funding vote, and lists each senator’s position on the issue.
On Oct. 1, millions of Americans will be required to enroll in Obamacare and, according to the website, they “could lose access to their doctors and be forced to pay higher premiums and higher taxes.”
“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.
The site also notes which senators – and candidates who hope to replace them – have pledged not to fund Obamacare in 2014.
“We can defund Obamacare if Republican leaders who tell their constituents they’re conservative stand up and act like they’re conservative,” Cruz said, according to the website.
Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate in 2014 have been asked to sign a pledge to stop funding Obamacare:
“I, ___________, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of ___________, and to the American people, that I will: ONE, support the full repeal of Obamacare (also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act); and TWO, oppose any bill or budget resolution that provides funding to implement or enforce any part of it.”
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 says it will not support liberal Republicans.
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