Two tea party groups, ForAmerica and Tea Party Patriots, are cranking up the buses and hitting the road with one mission: to defund Obamacare.
The “Exempt America Tour” kicks into drive on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. ET in Lexington, Ky., with following stops in Texas, Mississippi, South Carolina and Virginia over the next two weeks.
“If these Washington politicians think they can simply go home on summer break and claim they are doing everything they can to get rid of ObamaCare, they have another thing coming,” said Brent Bozell, ForAmerica’s chairman.
“Congress has exempted themselves from ObamaCare, businesses have been exempted, even the unions are itching for an exemption, so where is the exemption for the rest of America? This is the last chance to stop ObamaCare before its massive subsidies and regulations go into effect January 1,” Bozell said in a statement.
The groups said they are not demanding a government shutdown, but instead advocating for Congress to pass resolution that funds everything but Obamacare.
“More than 70% of Americans favor delaying the implementation of ObamaCare. In order to delay it, the spending must stop. We will make sure Congress hears this message loud and clear,” said Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin.
Both the Tea Party Patriots and ForAmerica have a large followings, both garnering over one million fans on Facebook. On Friday, ForAmerica urged its 3.5 million Facebook followers to call House Speaker John Boehner’s office with the message that Obamacare must be stopped. The group said it has generated more than 5,000 phone calls to the speaker’s office.