Groups To Lobby Runyan To Oppose Repeal Of Health Overhaul

Courier-Post — Monday, January 17, 2011

Courier-Post Staff

Several progressive New Jersey groups are expected to turn out Tuesday at U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan's office to urge the freshman Republican to vote against repealing a historic health care law.

Members of NJ Citizen Action, the Main Street Alliance and GrassRoots4Change will hold a rally outside Runyan's Mount Laurel office at 1 p.m. Meanwhile, in Washington, NJ Citizen Action member Dr. Odette Cohen will meet with Runyan personally later in the afternoon.

The House is debating a repeal of the law Tuesday. The GOP-controlled chamber is expected to pass the repeal during Wednesday's scheduled vote, but it is sure to meet defeat in the Senate or on President Obama's desk.

Runyan has said the law is unaffordable and overly intrusive and that he would back a repeal attempt. All seven New Jersey Democrats and both senators voted for the historic bill. The five House Republicans from New Jersey who were in the last Congress opposed the measure. They were joined by Democrat John Adler, who was defeated by Runyan last fall.

An Associated Press-GfK poll released today showed support for the repeal effort slipping to 25 percent, down from 46 percent Jan. 7. The House debate was scheduled last week but delayed in the wake of the Jan. 8 massacre that nearly killed Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., in Tucson.

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