Democrats Who Voted Against Final Passage of Obamacare Urged to Vote for Repeal Legislation

By Fred Lucas | January 5, 2011 | 3:15 PM EST

President Obama signs the Democrats’ health care bill into law in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Washington ( – Conservative groups are urging 13 House Democrats who voted against final passage of the $1 trillion health care overhaul legislation last March to vote for the repeal legislation.

House Republicans will vote next week on a bill to repeal the legislation they call “Obamacare,” that imposes an individual mandate to buy health insurance, requires employers to provide insurance and establishes insurance exchanges at the state level.

Three organizations,, Americans for Prosperity, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and the Independent Women’s Voice sent a letter Wednesday to the 13 House Democrats that voted against the legislation.

“After voting against the law’s authorization, you failed to sign the discharge petition to repeal it and pledges to fight to overturn it, leading us to believe that you actually support ObamaCare,” the letter says. “Your vote on H.R. 1 will once and for all confirm to the American people where you stand. If you are really against ObamaCare, then you will vote yea for repeal. We respectfully urge you to heed the new electoral mandate to repeal ObamaCare and vote yea.”

The 13 Democrats are Rep. Ben Chandler of Kentucky; Pennsylvania Reps. Jason Altmire and Tim Holden; Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah; North Carolina Reps. Mike McIntyre, Heath Shuler and Rep. Larry Kissell; Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma; Rep. John Barrow of Georgia; Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas; Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Rep. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Wednesday that President Obama had no plans to speak out against the repeal effort in the House.

“They understand that this is not going to land on the president’s desk. It’s not likely to pass the Senate,” Gibbs said. “I think it’s important to take a step back and understand beyond the symbolism, what this means. What it means is, going back to a health care system where insurance companies are in charge of calling the shots.”

The letter was signed by Alex Cortes, chairman of; James Valvo, director of government affairs for Americans for Prosperity; Heather Higgins, president of the

Independent Women’s Voice; and Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Cortes said there is more at stake than political theater.

“It shows the grassroots movement and the tea party that the Republicans are committed to reversing the government takeover of health care,” Cortes told “This is about nailing down Democrats to see where they stand.”