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Friday, August 30, 2013

Final ‘Defund Obamacare’ Town Hall Draws Standing-Room Only Crowd

Former South Carolina Senator and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint supports a Congressional effort to thwart the Affordable Care Act. (Taunya English/WHYY)

Former South Carolina Senator and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint supports a Congressional effort to thwart the Affordable Care Act. (Taunya English/WHYY)

The last of nine “Defund Obamacare” town halls took place in Wilmington, Delaware, last night.

Heritage Foundation president and former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, who organized the gatherings, was applauded by a crowd of over 400 attendees when he quipped, “You are all packed in here tonight. A lot of people are having to stand up along the walls. We did that on purpose. We wanted to simulate what it’s going to be like in a doctor’s office in about a year.”

John Emmons, a Pennsylvanian who’s become an on-the-ground “sentinel” for the Heritage Foundation’s campaign, says Obamacare is “another big government program that just won’t work.”

But other Republicans, such as Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, say they’re not on board with the effort by DeMint and his congressional allies to force a vote next month on defunding the Affordable Care Act.

On October 1, people will begin enrolling for insurance plans available under Obamacare. The coverage starts on January 1.

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