Richmond Rally Urges Congress to Defund Obamacare

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RICHMOND, Va. - Conservative critics say most Republican lawmakers are refusing to make meaningful moves to strip Obamacare's funding.
 
That's why a rally was held right outside House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's home offices in Richmond, Va.
 
"He has the majority in the House and he needs to do that which he pledged to do, which is to defund it," Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica, said.
 
Soon the American people will get hit by Obamacare's extremely controversial individual mandate, which will force them to buy health care insurance or pay a penalty.
      
Mike Tanner of the Cato Institute says that mandate will take away competition and lead to higher prices for health insurance.
 
"Just imagine any other product that you're going to buy...say, whether you're going to buy Twinkies," Tanner said. "And you're ordered by the government that you must buy a Twinkie no matter what anybody charges for it. Well, you'd have $100 Twinkies out there, nothing you could do about it." 
 
"What forces down prices is consumers saying, 'Hey, that's too expensive. I won't buy it,'" he explained.
 
Tanner warned Obamacare increasingly puts government in charge of health care and that's dangerous for America.
 
"More and more decisions are going to be taken away from individual consumers," he said.
 
"Now, think of any other goods and services that you buy," he continued. "If someone else decides what those services are going to be, what those goods are going to be, about quality, about how much you can have, about what they cost, that's not a good recipe. That's basically what made Eastern Europe collapse." 
 
Speakers at the rally pointed out many businesses, unions and lawmakers themselves are so afraid of Obamacare, they're trying to get exemptions or they've already gotten them.
 
"The presidents of labor unions are saying that this law will shatter their workers' health insurance and destroy the 40-hour work week," Jenny Beth Martin, with the Tea Party Patriots, said.  
 
Bozell agreed, saying, "The unions don't want to have anything to do with it. It's such bad news that Eric Cantor and the rest of Congress has exempted itself from it."
 
"If it's not good enough for all these other groups, it's not good enough for the rest of America," one rally participant said.
 
One of the main messages of the rally is that some of the biggest parts of Obamacare are about to kick in Oct. 1 and this is the Republicans' last best chance to defund it. 

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