Bozell on Defunding Obamacare: ‘This is a ‘Come to Jesus’ Moment for Republicans’

By Penny Starr | August 1, 2013 | 4:43 PM EDT

Chairman of ForAmerica, Brent Bozell, speaks at a press conference to announce a campaign to deny funding of the Affordable Care Act on Aug. 1, 2013. ( Starr)

( – At the launch of a campaign to deny any further funding for implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, dubbed “You Fund it, You Own It,” Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica, a non-profit 501(c) organization, said Republicans in Congress will be held accountable for their upcoming budget votes.

“This is a ‘Come to Jesus’ moment for Republicans,” Bozell said at a press conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday co-hosted by the Tea Party Patriots. “They better get religion soon.”

“The voters out there are unequivocally fed up with inaction from those who promised action,” Bozell said.

“It’s a very simple proposition,” Bozell said. “If you fund it, you own it.”

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Bozell and Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, were joined by members of Congress and other grassroots groups at the event.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said the implementation of Obamacare would do “irreparable damage to our economy and to our country.”

Not funding the law was the right thing to do at the right time, Rubio said.

“It truly is our last best chance to stop this law from moving forward,” Rubio said.

Bozell's ForAmerica group released a video ad this week criticizing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for not supporting the defunding of Obamacare through a continuing resolution funding measure to keep the government operating past Oct. 1, when the new fiscal year begins. At least 12 conservative GOP senators back the proposal and a similar approach is backed by at least 60 members in the House.

In the ad, "Who are the Biggest Chickens in Washington?" McConnell is compared to a chicken, apparently afraid to lead on this issue. The ad drives home ForAmerica's message that if McConnell agrees to fund Obamacare, then he owns Obamacare.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), and Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) also attended the Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday.

Other organizations represented at the event include FreedomWorks, Club for Growth, Citizens United, the Family Research Council and the Senate Conservatives Fund.

Bozell is also the president of Media Research Center, which owns

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