Tea Party activists came to the Texas Capitol Wednesday to call on Congress to withhold funding for the new health care law.
The Tea Party Patriots and the group ‘ForAmerica’ are out on what they're calling their 'Exempt America" tour. It’s a last effort to delay or stop the Affordable Care Act from being implemented.
Their message was particularly focused on one lawmaker—Sen. John Cornyn.
"I want him to commit that any continuing resolution that comes before the Senate, he will continue to vote the same way,” Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin said. “You can't have it both ways."
Sen. Cornyn has opposed the health care overhaul, but does not support a pledge by fellow Texan, Sen. Ted Cruz, which could result in a federal shutdown.
A Cornyn spokesperson told YNN quote:
"Sen. Cornyn has been fighting ObamaCare tooth and nail for the better part of four years and is an original cosponsor of Sen. Cruz’s legislation to completely defund it...After reviewing the letter, Sen. Cornyn decided the best approach was Sen. Cruz’s bill, since a government shutdown will still fund most of ObamaCare."
According to a new August tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on major health care issues facing the U.S., people like the idea of 'defunding' ObamaCare even less.
Fifty-seven percent disapprove of cutting off funding, while only 36 percent say cutting off funding is okay. Among the 57 percent who say you shouldn't cut off funding, less than half say they think ObamaCare is good for the country.