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Repeal advocates target Democrats who voted against Obamacare

Jeff Winkler Contributor

House Democrats who voted against the president’s health-care bill and managed to retain their seats in November now are being targeted by proponents of repealing Obamacare.

On Wednesday, Defundit.org sent a letter to 13 House Democrats asking them to “confirm to the American people where you stand.”

“After voting against the law’s authorization, you failed to sign the discharge petition to repeal it and pledges to fight to overturn it, leading us to believe that you actually support Obamacare,” reads the letter.

Thirty-four Democratic representatives voted against the health-care bill with only 13 winning their reelection bids. Of those 13, four members have confirmed that they will not vote in favor of Republican repeal efforts.

A spokesman for Massachusetts Democrat Stephen Lynch told the Hill:

While the recently passed health-care law has numerous flaws and fails to reduce health-care costs, he believes that we should spend our energies trying to fix those flaws. Congressman Lynch does not support the Republican effort to go back to the old broken system.

Joining Lynch in promises to also vote against repeal after voting “no” on health care are North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler; Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson; and Illinois Rep. Daniel Lipinski.

Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan  (R-Mich.), the incoming chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, told Fox News Sunday that Republicans hoped to get at least the Democrats who voted “no” on their side.

House Republicans have promised a House vote on the complete repeal of “ObamaCare” as early as Jan. 12.