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'Repeal Obamacare' effort resumes surge

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The November election is getting closer. And so is the possibility that Obamacare – with its so-called “death panels,” government intervention in health-care decisions and mandates for all consumers to buy the insurance the government specifies – simply will be repealed.

The effort has been assembled by U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, whose
discharge petition would call for a new House vote on the proposal.

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It needs 218 signatures of House members, and since that constitutes a majority in the 435-member House, the goal of the discharge petition likely would be accomplished, he has explained. The effort now has 173 signatures, only a few dozen short of the number required.

The plan had collected 170 signatures before the summer congressional break, but since members of Congress returned to Washington, three more names – Jim Gerlach of Pennsylvania, Gene Taylor of Mississippi and Steve Buyer of Indiana – have been added.

King also this week released a statement about Obamacare, noting that it has been six months since its adoption.

“Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi once said that Congress had to pass Obamacare so that Americans would know what was in it. Americans have now had six months to review this unconstitutional legislation, and the majorities seeking repeal continue to grow,” he said.

He said more than 20 states already have filed lawsuits against Obamacare, and voters in Missouri have passed a law protecting themselves from Obama’s “unconstitutional ‘individual mandate.'”

“A recent survey by Rasmussen Reports concludes that 61 percent of the American public wants Obamacare repealed,” King said. “Americans should urge their representatives to sign Discharge Petition No. 11 and should also insist that members of Congress pledge to withhold funding for Obamacare’s implementation in future Congresses.”

Review the names on the discharge petition to see whether your representative is aboard with the plan.

House members who previously endorsed King’s plan are:

  1. Steve King, Iowa
  2. Connie Mack, Florida
  3. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota
  4. Todd Tiahrt, Kansas
  5. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee
  6. Tom Price, Georgia
  7. Paul C. Broun, Georgia
  8. Jerry Moran, Kansas
  9. Tom Graves, Georgia
  10. Rob Bishop, Utah
  11. Joseph R. Pitts, Pennsylvania
  12. Mike Pence, Indiana
  13. Lynn A. Westmoreland, Georgia
  14. Glenn Thompson, Pennsylvania
  15. Jeb Hensarling, Texas
  16. Louie Gohmert, Texas
  17. Judy Biggert, Illinois
  18. John Boozman, Arkansas
  19. Kenny Marchant, Texas
  20. Jim Jordan, Ohio
  21. Jason Chaffetz, Utah
  22. Gary G. Miller, California
  23. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia
  24. Doug Lamborn, Colorado
  25. Robert E. Latta, Ohio
  26. Tom Cole, Oklahoma
  27. Trent Franks, Arizona
  28. K. Michael Conaway, Texas
  29. Jo Bonner, Alabama
  30. Dan Burton, Indiana
  31. J. Gresham Barrett, South Carolina
  32. John Linder, Georgia
  33. Bill Posey, Florida
  34. Lynn Jenkins, Kansas
  35. Mike Coffman, Colorado
  36. Roscoe G. Bartlett, Maryland
  37. Virginia Foxx, North Carolina
  38. John Campbell, California
  39. Mike Rogers, Alabama
  40. Randy Neugebauer, Texas
  41. Charles K. Djou, Hawaii
  42. Pete Sessions, Texas
  43. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., Wisconsin
  44. Howard Coble, North Carolina
  45. Candice S. Miller, Michigan
  46. Steve Scalise, Louisiana
  47. Robert B. Aderholt, Alabama
  48. Phil Gingrey, Georgia
  49. Kevin Brady, Texas
  50. Pete Olson, Texas
  51. C.W. Bill Young, Florida
  52. Tom McClintock, California
  53. Joe Wilson, South Carolina
  54. Mac Thornberry, Texas
  55. John R. Carter, Texas
  56. John Shimkus, Illinois
  57. Mary Fallin, Oklahoma
  58. Gus M. Bilirakis, Florida
  59. John Fleming, Louisiana
  60. Jeff Flake, Arizona
  61. W. Todd Akin, Missouri
  62. Peter Hoekstra, Michigan
  63. Donald A. Manzullo, Illinois
  64. Eric Cantor, Virginia
  65. Scott Garrett, New Jersey
  66. John A. Boehner, Ohio
  67. Henry E. Brown, Jr., South Carolina
  68. Kay Granger, Texas
  69. Parker Griffith, Alabama
  70. Ted Poe, Texas
  71. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington
  72. Rodney Alexander, Louisiana
  73. Fred Upton, Michigan
  74. Jean Schmidt, Ohio
  75. John Sullivan, Oklahoma
  76. Peter J. Roskam, Illinois
  77. Blaine Luetkemeyer, Missouri
  78. Michael C. Burgess, Texas
  79. Ken Calvert, California
  80. Lee Terry, Nebraska
  81. Patrick T. McHenry, North Carolina
  82. Mary Bono Mack, California
  83. Spencer Bachus, Alabama
  84. Jeff Miller, Florida
  85. John B. Shadegg, Arizona
  86. Gregg Harper, Mississippi
  87. John Abney Culberson, Texas
  88. Dana Rohrabacher, California
  89. David P. Roe, Tennessee
  90. J. Randy Forbes, Virginia
  91. Bill Cassidy, Louisiana
  92. Brett Guthrie, Kentucky
  93. Denny Rehberg, Montana
  94. Sue Wilkins Myrick, North Carolina
  95. Tom Latham, Iowa
  96. Michael K. Simpson, Idaho
  97. John Kline, Minnesota
  98. Ron Paul, Texas
  99. Thomas J. Rooney, Florida
  100. Daniel E. Lungren, California
  101. Darrell E. Issa, California
  102. Harold Rogers, Kentucky
  103. John J. Duncan, Jr., Tennessee
  104. Todd Russell Platts, Pennsylvania
  105. Duncan Hunter, California
  106. Sam Graves, Missouri
  107. Bob Inglis, South Carolina
  108. Edward R. Royce, California
  109. Ralph M. Hall, Texas
  110. Timothy V. Johnson, Illinois
  111. Michael T. McCaul, Texas
  112. Thaddeus G. McCotter, Michigan
  113. Robert J. Wittman, Virginia
  114. Lamar Smith, Texas
  115. Cynthia M. Lummis, Wyoming
  116. Wally Herger, California
  117. Vern Buchanan, Florida
  118. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey
  119. Geoff Davis, Kentucky
  120. Jack Kingston, Georgia
  121. Brian P. Bilbray, California
  122. Zach Wamp, Tennessee
  123. Jerry Lewis, California
  124. Erik Paulsen, Minnesota
  125. Roy Blunt, Missouri
  126. Jo Ann Emerson, Missouri
  127. Frank Wolf, Virginia
  128. George Radanovich, California
  129. Steve Austria, Ohio
  130. Greg Walden, Oregon
  131. Frank D. Lucas, Oklahoma
  132. Adrian Smith, Nebraska
  133. Jeff Fortenberry, Nebraska
  134. Frank A. LoBiondo, New Jersey
  135. Sam Johnson, Texas
  136. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin
  137. John L. Mica, Florida
  138. Michael R. Turner, Ohio
  139. Aaron Schock, Illinois
  140. Cliff Stearns, Florida
  141. Devin Nunes, California
  142. David Dreier, California
  143. Christopher John Lee, New York
  144. Kevin McCarthy, California
  145. Bill Shuster, Pennsylvania
  146. Leonard Lance, New Jersey
  147. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, California
  148. Ander Crenshaw, Florida
  149. Elton Gallegly, California
  150. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, New Jersey
  151. Ed Whitfield, Kentucky
  152. Walter B. Jones, North Carolina
  153. Vernon J. Ehlers, Michigan
  154. Thomas E. Petri, Wisconsin
  155. Doc Hastings, Washington
  156. Don Young, Alaska
  157. Ginny Brown-Waite, Florida
  158. Patrick J. Tiberi, Ohio
  159. Mike Rogers, Michigan
  160. Joe Barton, Texas
  161. Adam H. Putnam, Florida
  162. Dave Camp, Michigan
  163. Steven C. LaTourette, Ohio
  164. Dean Heller, Nevada
  165. Peter T. King, New York
  166. Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida
  167. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Florida
  168. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida
  169. Tim Murphy, Pennsylvania
  170. Charles W. Dent, Pennsylvania

King also has posted a list online divided by state delegations.

The effort in the House continues gaining momentum even though it has been reported but little in the media. Under House rules, once King’s discharge petition acquires the needed number of names, it would move forward even if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vigorously opposes it.

Sign the petition opposing Obamacare.

All of the GOP representatives and 34 Democrats opposed Obamacare when it was passed on a narrow 219-212 vote earlier this year. King said 212 representatives, at least, should be in favor of overturning it, since they previously opposed it.

Then it will be up to the handful of Democrat votes that would be needed to turn from endorsement to rejection for it to advance.

He also said there are a number of Democrats who supported the nationalization plan who now are running for re-election in districts where residents oppose it.

The proposal states: “Pursuant to clause 2 of rule XV, I, Steve King of Iowa, move to discharge the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and Labor, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, Rules, House Administration and Appropriations from the consideration of the bill (H.R. 4972) to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was referred to said committees on March 25, 2010, in support of which motion the undersigned Members of the House of Representatives affix their signatures.”

Its target is the $940 billion, or greater, bill adopted by the Democrat-controlled Congress in March.

King said he expects the numbers “to swell.”

“Once the discharge petition reaches 218 signatures, Speaker Pelosi will not be able to prevent the repeal legislation from receiving, and passing, a vote on the floor,” King’s announcement said.

The congressman said the process may be a little complicated to rid the nation of thousands of pages of laws that a majority of voters oppose, but it can be done.

The discharge petition is first, which then can be used as a litmus test against Democrats in November, he said. The likelihood is that if the GOP returns to a majority in the House in November, while President Obama still could veto a complete repeal, the House simply could shut off funding for the program until a new president is elected in 2012, he explained.

In a related effort, almost 41,000 voices from across America are offering their encouragement to members of the House who have yet to sign the discharge petition offered by King.

The campaign is a petition drive that urges members of Congress to repeal Obamacare because of several problems:

The petition drive was launched by Joseph Farah, founder and CEO of WorldNetDaily, who said the results are worthy of note already.

“This is a very impressive petition, but it will be much more impressive at 100,000 or 200,000 or 1 million,” he said. “We need people signing and spreading the news about this effort – news that has not been reported anywhere else expect at WND.”

Now it’s time for the public to turn up the pressure, he urged.

Sign the petition opposing Obamacare.