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Conservative groups urge lawmakers not to fund affordable care act

Two national conservative groups are making their way to the Magnolia State to speak out against funding the Affordable Care Act. Members of the Tea Party Patriots and ForAmerica will make a stop at the state Capitol for the "Exempt America" tour.

The groups are urging Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker to follow the lead of other conservative Congressmen and fight not to fund the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare."

"We have had members of Congress who have pledged since this horrendous law was passed that they were going to do everything in their power to defund it and repeal it, they can't repeal it at this point they don't have the numbers, but they clearly have the opportunity to defund it," said Brent Bozell, the Founder and Chairman for the group "ForAmerica."

Some Democratic Mississippi leaders said the Affordable Care Act will change the face of healthcare, making it more affordable and give hundreds of thousands of Mississippians access to healthcare.

"If we don't cooperate with the passage of the Affordable Care Act you've got a number of hospitals especially in the rural parts of the state that may wind up closing because the payments that are apart of the Affordable Care Act would go away," said Senator John Horhn (D) District 26.

The lengthy and complex legislation was signed into law by President Obama in March of 2010. Many conservative Republicans oppose the Affordable Care Act because of the costs associated with implementing it, but that's not the only reason.

"It's going to cause huge problems for the Republican Party with its base because this is the singal most important issue that elected the majority of the House in 2010," said Bozell.

"These members of the Tea Party need to wake up and realize that President Obama is still the President the Supreme Court has ruled on the Affordable Care Act it's the law of the land and we need to figure out how to best make it work," said Senator Horhn.

The "Exempt America Tour" is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday morning.


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