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BOGOTA, NJ – Americans for Prosperity, the state’s leading grassroots, free-market organization, is taking to the airwaves today to urge Gov. Christie to stand up for New Jerseyans’ health care freedom. The 60-second Taxpayer Minute radio spot calls on citizens to phone the governor’s office and press for his veto of the New Jersey Health Benefit Exchange Act.
By law the governor must act by Thursday, December 6th on the bill which passed the Legislature back in October. The deadline to inform the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of the State’s intent to create an exchange is Friday, Dec. 14. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius gave states a one month extension in November in the wake of ongoing confusion about how the bureaucratic exchanges need to be run.
“Establishment of an exchange is one of the key mechanisms for foisting the government takeover of health care on New Jerseyans,” warned AFP state director Steve Lonegan. “Not only would the exchange represent a direct violation of patients’ health care freedom and limit patient choice, but the establishment of this bureaucracy would trigger tax penalties on New Jersey businesses that fail to comply with ObamaCare’s arbitrary insurance coverage mandates. The State would also be on the hook for as much as $100 million a year in operating costs.”
“New Jerseyans need to know what’s at stake,” continued Lonegan. “And Gov. Christie needs to stand up for taxpayers and for the health care freedom of every New Jerseyan by vetoing this bill.”
Mayor Lonegan is available for further comment regarding AFP’s effort to thwart ObamaCare in New Jersey. Please direct inquiries to Americans for Prosperity at 201-487-8844.
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens to support restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP is more than 2 million activists strong, with activists in all 50 states. AFP has 34 state chapters and affiliates. More than 85,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial contribution to AFP or AFP Foundation. For more information, visit
Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office.
Contact: Mike Proto, 201-487-8844/201-400-3666
Contact: Steve Lonegan, 201-487-8844/201-881-6682
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