Heritage Action, the advocacy arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, is pushing a petition to repeal the health care law that so far has been signed by 153 House Republicans. Now it has its sights set on the 35 Democrats and 25 Republicans who voted against the bill or have said they're against it but aren't on the list -- including Reps. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, and Mark Critz, D-Johnstown. Critz wasn't in office during the votes, but has said he doesn't support the bill.
“I fully expect every member who opposed Obamacare to sign Discharge Petition #11,” Heritage Action’s CEO Michael A. Needham said in a statement. “If not, they are implicitly supporting Obamacare. I know their constituents, who will be attending town halls this August, are eager to hear where they stand on the repeal effort.”
Don't think any Democrats will hop onto this one, but Murphy's office says he hasn't made up his mind yet on whether to support the petition. Murphy, a member of the GOP Doctors Caucus, has tried to take a centrist approach to health reform, and a bill he co-sponsored with Texas Democrat Gene Green to extend medical malpractice insurance to doctors in community health centers earned subcommittee approval last week. Signing onto a repeal might damage Murphy's aisle-crossing cred, but then again, he made no secret of his distaste for the bill.
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