The first of nine town hall public meetings to be held this month by Heritage Action, a conservative non-profit social welfare organization affiliated with The Heritage Foundation, and focusing on efforts to defund ObamaCare in the upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR), will begin tomorrow (Monday, Aug. 19) in Fayetteville, AR.
Conducting all nine meetings are Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham; Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint; and Rafael Cruz, the Father of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). After Fayetteville on August 20 the distinguished trio will travel to Dallas, TX, then to Tampa, Florida, on August 21. On August 22 the trio will be in Nashville, TN, followed by Bimingham, Alabama, on August 23.
Not unexpected is that "Americans United for Change and Protect Your Care" is planning to travel across the country to counteract Heritage Action's nine-city August tour. As supporters of the President's ObamaCare, the ObamaCare allies will be holding their own events and speeches hours before Heritage arrive. The group also plans to be visible at the Heritage events.
The defunding ObamaCare push is meeting resistance in both the House and the Senate by Republican leaders John Boehner and Mike McConnell, respectively, and members of the Republican establishment punditry.
A recently released poll commissioned by Heritage Action and conducted by pollster Jon Lerner of Basswood Research on August 7th and 8th of ten diverse districts should give wayward Republican representatives and senators reason to pause and rethink their opposition to signing the Meadows letter to defund ObamaCare.
1. Only 20% of the voters in these diverse districts support going forward with ObamaCare unchanged. Notice that Representative Aaron Schock represents one of these district here in Illinois.
Steve Southerland, R (FL-2) - Aaron Schock, R (IL-18) - Leonard Lance, R (NJ-7) - Renee Ellmers, R (NC-2) - Patrick Tiberi, R (OH-12) - Greg Walden, R (OR-2) - John Barrow, D (GA-12) - Mike McIntyre, D (NC-7) - Jim Matheson, D (UT-4) - Nick Rahall, D (WV-3)
2. A large majority, 77% favor either a slow down in implementation or an outright repeal.
3. There is no present evidence that a move to defund ObamaCare and the potential of a partial government shutdown would harm Republican prospects of holding the House majority.
4. Forcing a partial government shutdown over defunding ObamaCare will not be blamed solely on Republicans. Thirty-three percent would blame “Republicans in Congress” or “The TEA Party,” 41% would blame “Democrats in Congress” or “President Obama,” and 17% would blame “all of them.” Independents would spread the blame among groups on the Right, 36%, groups on the Left 30% and 26% would blame both.
4 House Republicans should be much more concerned with the fallout of failing to defund ObamaCare than with the imaginary fallout of doing so The poll found that a majority would be less likely to support the reelection efforts of House members who voted to continue ObamaCare funding while 48 percent said they’d be more likely to support a member who did “everything” they could to slow down implementation of the law.
It is telling that more than half a dozen possible GOP White House candidates are supporting the defunding effort, five are calling for a more nuanced approach to defunding or repealing the healthcare law, two are dodging questions, and three others are not signaling one way or another.
Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas)
Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.)
Rep. Steve King (Iowa)
Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.)
Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.)
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.)
Sen. John Thune (S.D.)
PURSUE ANOTHER APPROACH (DELAY, TRADITIONAL REPEAL) (5):
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)
Gov. Susana Martinez (N.M.)
Rep. Pete King (N.Y.)
Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.)
Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.)
Gov. Rick Perry (Texas)
Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio)
DID NOT RESPOND TO CALLS, EMAILS (4):
Former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.)
Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.)
Gov. Nikki Haley (S.C.
With Congress on summer recess, citizen action must accompany the Heritage Action town hall meetings focusing on defunding ObamaCare.
With a call to all conservative to stay on the job and to keep up the fight against what is an unconstitutional law, even though attending a town hall meeting might not be possible, we can make can make telephone calls and send emails and faxes letting the Republican leadership and House members know that they must stand up and fight for what is in our best interests, to defund the monster of ObamaCare.
How long will we the people be mandated to eat what Congress won't eat!
Part 2: Talking points to deal with recalcitrant congressmen.