Tea Party leaders and activists will rally this afternoon outside Speaker John Boehner’s district office in Troy, Ohio, in an effort to urge him to “Pull the Plug” on Obamacare.
“I’m in Ohio, in the Speaker’s district, because I don’t think any of the 435 districts in the country should be exempt from getting this grassroots message,” said Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State and a co-convener of a weekly meeting of prominent conservatives called Groundswell. “Defund this bad health care program now — or pay the price for the rest of our lives,” Blackwell added.
“Congress controls the purse strings, and Republicans control Congress. Speaker Boehner has the power to stop Obamacare; we are calling on him to use it,” said Lori Viars of the Warren County Right to Life in a release.
Aside from Blackwell and Viars, speakers will include Doc Thompson of the Blaze, Ted Stevenot of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, Janet (Folger) Porter of Faith2Action – and many others.
This is obviously part of an effort to pressure Speaker John Boehner to follow the defund strategy crafted by Senate conservatives like Mike Lee. Aside from the rally, other leading conservatives have been pushing Boehner to pursue a defund strategy.
Conservative radio host Mark Levin used the term “BoehnerCare” on his nationally syndicated radio program last week.
“Rather than calling it ObamaCare, we should call it BeohnerCare” if the Speaker follows through with the current plan to fund the law in the upcoming continuing resolution that funds the government, Levin said.
“So I think I’m going to call it BoehnerCare if I can remember from time to time, certainly more often, because Boehner won’t even fight. Boehner, he’s just – is the word ‘pathetic’ appropriate?”
The rally is set to begin at 4pm EST.