Palin endorses push to defund Obamacare

Ex-governor: ‘The beast must be stopped’

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Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, has thrown her support behind the effort to defund Obamacare, saying the “beast must be stopped.”

“Those in the Senate and those seeking to serve there must stand strong against this devastating program before it reveals its true face now recognized by both sides of the aisle as the bureaucratic and economic beast that will deny our families, our businesses, and our sick the ability to access health care,” Mrs. Palin said in a statement posted on the Senate Conservatives Fund website. “The time for rhetoric and ceremonial votes in Congress is over. The time to take serious action to stop Obamacare is now.”

The SCF website is pressuring Senate lawmakers to use the appropriations process when they return to Washington next week to turn off the funding for the Affordable Care Act, which Congress passed in 2010.

Mrs. Palin’s endorsement of the push comes as former Sen. Jim DeMint, now the head of the Heritage Foundation, holds town halls across the country in an attempt to rally grassroots support for the effort.

Supporters of the defund push have called on lawmakers to reject any spending bills that include money to implement the law — even if that leads to a government shutdown.

President Obama and Democrats have made it clear that they will not support the effort.

Mrs. Palin has remained a powerful voice within some conservative circles in the wake of the 2008 election and after quitting her job as governor of Alaska in 2009.

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