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Sarah Palin Signs Up To Boost ‘Defund Obamacare’ Effort

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin backs a GOP plan against Obamacare. Meanwhile, battles over funding continue as both sides try to speak louder than the other.

Politico: Sarah Palin Backs Defunding Obamacare
Sarah Palin on Tuesday announced she has signed onto the effort to defund Obamacare, calling it a "beast" that must be stopped. "Forced enrollment in Obama's 'Unaffordable Care Act' is weeks away," the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential nominee said in a statement. "This beast must be stopped -- by not funding it. Today, Todd and I joined with many of our fellow citizens to urge those in the U.S. Senate to not fund Obamacare. We the people must continue to make our voices heard and hold those elected to serve this great nation accountable" (Weinger, 8/27).

CNN: Palin Jumps Onto Defund Obamacare Effort
Palin said she was signing onto a petition from the group for the defund Obamacare effort. Backed by Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, and Marco Rubio of Florida, the effort presses Republican lawmakers to pledge their opposition to any government funding measure that also funds the Affordable Care Act. ... Many Republicans oppose the tactic, saying even the threat of a government shutdown could alienate voters who are tired of partisan bickering over the nation's finances (Liptak, 8/27).

CNNDefund Obamacare Supporters Target Top Republicans
Conservatives backing a move to shut down the federal government if funding isn't cut off for President Barack Obama's health care law by the end of September are launching a tour starting Tuesday to put pressure on leading Republicans in Congress. The first target of the push by Tea Party Patriots and ForAmerica is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The groups are planning a news conference in Lexington, Kentucky, Tuesday, near McConnell's offices (Steinhauser, 8/27).

The Associated Press: Dems, Conservatives Line Up On Health Care Fight
Supporters and opponents of the federal health care law brought their national battle to Indianapolis on Monday. Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint was scheduled to rally conservatives against it Monday night, while the liberal Americans for United Change organized a Statehouse news conference to seek support for the law earlier in the day (Lobianco, 8/27).

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