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Arizona State Rep. Fighting to Repeal Obamacare

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RUSH: Here's David in Sierra Vista, Arizona.  Welcome to Open Line Friday.  Great to have you here.

CALLER:  Desert dittos, Rush.

RUSH:  Thank you very much.

CALLER:  Hey, I want to let you know about a process coming out.  I'm a state representative, District 14 in the state of Arizona, and about a month ago we passed out Obamacare under the darkest of night, and there's an effort to repeal that on the ballot, and we're being hamstrung.  The other people out there are actually buying up the resources so this effort can go forward.  It's called uraPC.org.  We need 85,000 signatures at a minimum to get a ballot by September 13th.

RUSH:  Wait a minute, I'm confused.  How can a state repeal Obamacare?

CALLER:  We have the ability to put it on the ballot and repeal the bill that was signed into law.  So if they get the signatures, Obamacare won't go into effect in the state of Arizona until after the election of November 2014.  And if the initiative passes, it would permanently repeal it.

RUSH:  I don't know how you can do that.  I don't know how a state can simply say that we're not be gonna implement -- now, you can say that we're not gonna do the exchange, the hell with the exchange, we're not gonna implement the exchange, but I don't know how --

CALLER:  We voted on the expansion part, not the exchange part.  There was nine Republicans who voted with all the Democrats in the House, led by the governor.  It was interesting that the process went about 12 hours, and not one of the nine supporters got up to explain their vote or answer any questions on the bill itself.  We got 650-some pages of a budget dropped in our lap and then went to the floor.  So this is the kind of process they're doing. They're not telling us what's in the bill, in the budget.  They had the votes to put it through.  They made a special session. They waived all the rules of the House of Representatives that they could waive.  It went straight to what we call third reading (unintelligible) and it passed out, but not one of the nine Republicans would speak in defense of this bill, but we have the ability to put it on the ballot. Basically it's vetoing the governor's signature.  And we have 90 days from when --

RUSH:  Well, how is the other side stopping you from what you're trying to do?

CALLER:  Well, you need signatures on the petition to put it on the ballot, and it doesn't look like we're going to get enough volunteers to get it, so we're going to have to go out and pay for signatures and the people that get paid to do this are being bought up by the other side so this side can't pay 'em.  So we have to bring in people from outside, costs more money. There's a donate button. If you don't live in Arizona and you want to donate for the cause, it's on urapc.org. Or if you're in Arizona call the number there and get a petition, get some signatures signed.  It has to be done by the 13th of September, and then if the signatures just get dropped in the ballot --

RUSH:  So what you're trying to do, you're trying to get a repeal on the ballot?

CALLER:  Correct.

RUSH:  Okay, I misunderstood what you were trying to do.  Anyway, good luck.  I'm glad that you called.

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