On Tuesday evening, about 650 gathered in Columbus, Ohio for a "Defund Obamacare" town hall sponsored by the Heritage Foundation, according to the Columbus Dispatch. As town hall attendees drove into the Crowne Plaza hotel entrance, about 140 Obamacare supporters rallied outside to counter the message of the conservative think tank.
Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint is calling on Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans in the U.S. House to block federal funding for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
The counterdemonstration was organized by members of Americans United for Change and Protect Your Care, who have been following Heritage Foundation's 9-city tour to speak out in defense of the Affordable Care Act.
Health care reform advocates "are going to meet the repealers and defunders on the battlefield and confront them directly and aggressively," said Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change. "A strong majority of the American people want the Affordable Care Act to be implemented and fixed if necessary. They do not want it repealed, which is the only plan for health care Republicans have."
Individuals will be able to sign up for ACA coverage through state exchanges beginning October 1.
National and local advocates for Obamacare held a press conference earlier on Tuesday to make their case for the full implementation of the health care law. Click View the List below for full coverage of their remarks.