Earlier this month, the White House set up an online petition site called We the People, where average Americans can post online petitions.
While many believed the site was intended to mobilize liberal supporters of the President, one worthwhile petition has managed to get listed.
A petition to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – was posted on September 22.
That petition can be seen here.
As of this writing, the petition has 131 signatures, and will become public and searchable when it reaches 150, according to the White House.
If it receives 5,000 signatures by October 22, it is supposed to be reviewed by a “standing group of White House staff,” then routed to other appropriate offices and an official, on-the-record response will be generated.
The petition simply reads:
This is a petition to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and prompt congress to pass (and the President to sign) a truly bipartisan health care reform law that can actually achieve the goals of improved healthcare, lower cost, and reduced deficits.
In order to sign the petition, one must create a WhiteHouse.gov account with a name and an email address, but it is well worth the effort to show the grassroots opposition to the President’s signature legislation.
A post at the blog Verum Serum notes:
I think it’s worth it. We’re 13 months out from the election at this point. It’s time to stand up to the Administration and let them know what we really think about their policies. And if that doesn’t inspire you to subject yourself to never-ending spam from the President, then use that old Hotmail or Yahoo address you never use, or just create a new one and use it only for this.
But if we’re going to do this I think it has to happen very quickly. I won’t be surprised if they take this petition down by Monday, although of course there is really no reason they should. In fact that will be a story by itself if and when they do, and the more votes this gets the more newsworthy it will be.
So get on there and vote and send it to all your friends ASAP.
When registering, one has the option to receive emails from the White House – do not check that box if you do not want to receive emails from the Obama Administration/Campaign.
If you oppose Obamacare, this is your chance to let the White House know.
Update: As of 6:48 pm Pacific Time, 716 signatures were on the petition, with 4284 remaining before the White House supposedly assigns the petition to staff for review.
Update 2: As of 6:03 pm, Sept 27, 1,019 people had signed the petition, leaving 3,981 to go before the petition gets reviewed by the White House.
Update 3: The petition has 1,191 signatures as of 9:25 pm Pacific time, Sept 28, with 3,809 remaining before it is assigned for review.
Update 4: At 9:43 pm Pacific time Sept 29, the petition had 1,265 signatures, with 3,735 to go before being reviewed by the White House.
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