Tea Party Leader to Congress: Don’t ‘Spend Any Money on Obamacare’

September 9, 2013 - 11:53 AM

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Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots. (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder and national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, says the rally set for Tuesday on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol will focus on defunding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

“The focus of our event is to let our Congress members and Senators know the we expect them in the nine legislative days left before the end of the fiscal year to fund the government but not to spend any money on Obamacare,” Martin told CNSNews.com on Monday.

Martin said the Obama administration has met behind closed doors with special interest groups to exempt some people from the health care law – including granting insurance subsidies for members of Congress and their staff -- while the American people will be forced to comply with it.

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President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) into law on Mar. 23, 2010. (AP)

“If [Obamacare] is not good enough for big business, big labor, or big government, it’s time to exempt the American people,” Martin said.

Martin also said while the crisis in Syria is something Congress has to address, the rally will be focused on domestic issues.

“In the next nine legislative days, we have to fund the government,” Martin said, but not Obamacare.

Some 40 speakers are scheduled to speak, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), Congress members Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Steve King (R-Iowa), Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica, and Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks.