No White House Petition to Defund or Repeal Obamacare

November 5, 2013 - 10:01 AM

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(CNSNews.com) - With so many Americans complaining about Obamacare--the cancellation of individual insurance policies, the dysfunctional enrollment process, and privacy concerns--it is curious that a search of the White House petition website does not produce a single petition urging the defunding, repeal, delay or even repair of the Affordable Care Act.

There is, however, a petition titled, "Defund the House of Representatives," created on Sept. 20.

The White House promises to respond to petitions that gather 100,000 signatures in 30 days, and presumably a petition focusing on one of the hottest topics of the year would easily rise to that level. But an overwhelming response might also embarrass a White House intent on defending President Obama's signature legislation.

On Monday morning, Nov. 4, CNSNews.com searched "We the People," the White House petition website, for the terms "Obamacare," "Affordable Care Act" and "federal health care law."

"Obamacare" returned only one petition, posted a year ago, urging the White House to "Include Licensed Naturopathic Physicians as primary care providers in the Federal Healthcare Law."

A search for "Affordable Care Act" returned one petition asking the White House to "Defund the House of Representatives," but nothing about defunding or repealing Obamacare.

The search term "federal health care law" returned one result -- an Oct. 20 petition to "Release to the open source community the source code to healthcare.gov, specifically all code written by CGI Federal."

"We the People," went dark during the 16-day partial government shutdown in October, but it resumed operations on Oct. 17, the day after the shutdown ended. Oct. 17 was more than two weeks after the debut of the problem-plagued Obamacare enrollment website. And it was around the same time that reporters for liberal media outlets were beginning to question -- and report – the failures of healthcare.gov.

CNSNews.com also searched for petitions containing the words "tea party", "government shutdown," Republican, and Democrat.

"Tea party" returned a Sept. 18 petition urging the White House to "Designate the Republican party a terrorist organization for repeatedly threatening the full faith & credit of the U.S.A."

"Government shutdown" returned two relevant petitions: "Investigate the financial transactions of ALL members of Congress who vote for a government shutdown," created on Sept. 29; and "Arrest and prosecute the House GOP for treason," created on Sept. 29.

A search for the Term "Republican" returned the same "treason" petition mentioned above; but a search for "Democrat" returned no petitions.

CNSNews asked the White House on Monday if it has received petitions urging the repeal/defunding/delay/repair of Obamacare; and if so, has it deleted them? If a reply arrives, it will be included here.

According to the White House terms of participation, "Petitions must fall within the scope of We the People -- i.e., seeking federal government actions or policies on the topics included in the platform. Petitions that fall outside of this scope violate the Terms of Participation and will be removed in accordance with this Moderation Policy; this would include, for example, petitions that advertise or call for the endorsement or purchase of commercial goods or services, that expressly urge the support or opposition of candidates for elected office, that do not address the actions or policies of the federal government, or that address a topic not included in We the People at the time the petition was created."

The White House also says, "Petitions will not be selected for review or removal on the basis of the viewpoint they advance."

A petition focusing on the contentious topic of Obamacare would certainly address "the actions or policies of the federal government," and it would reasonably be expected to gather enough signatures to trigger a White House response.

Right now, the petition with the most signatures (194,161) urges the White House to declare the Muslim Brotherhood organization as a terrorist group; a petition to pardon Edward Snowden has more than 139,000 signatures.

"We the People" describes its mission as, "Giving all Americans a way to engage their government on the issues that matter to them."

The website features the following quotation from President Obama: “My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and efffectiveness in government.”