Pataki's 'Revere America' aims to 'repeal and replace'

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April 18, 2010, 6:50 pm
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(NECN: Kenneth Craig, Boston, Mass.) - The fight over health care reform did not end with the signing of the bill into law.

On Sunday, a national campaign to repeal health care reform made a stop in Boston.  These activists have designs on repealing the current legislation and replacing it with a program they deem to be better -- all by collecting one million signatures.

Sunday's rally took place at a statue of Revolutionary legend Paul Revere, where  former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) cited the Patriot's ride as a symbol of his cause.

"Just as 235 years ago our freedom(s) were in danger, they are now as well," Pataki said.

He is calling the movement Revere America, one aimed at repealing the Obama administration's health care overhaul.

By his side Sunday was former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey (R), who lost the 2006 gubernatorial election to Gov. Deval Patrick (D).

"We need to repeal and replace Obamacare," Healey said Sunday, a sentiment echoed by Pataki.

"We're looking to get people from all 50 states, from every corner of this country, to sign petitions to help us repeal Obamacare," Pataki said of the goal to acquire one million signatures.

"Obamacare" is a term used by political pundits and some politicians in reference to the health care reform bill that passed through the legislature earlier this year.

Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, executive director of Health Care For All, said Sunday that actually making any change to the current legislation is unlikely.

"We have passed a bill that will make a difference for the country for the rest of our lives," she said.  "Being engaged in trying to undermind that, I think, is a tremendous mistake."

Pataki is reportedly throwing $15 million of his own funds into the campaign. It has left some to speculate that he is gearing up for a run at the White House in 2012.

"We can't wait until 2012 to take back this country.  We have to do it in 2010, and every single day this year counts," Pataki said.

It is unclear what, if anything, the movement will do with the one million signatures if that goal is reached.

Tags: Boston, health care reform , George Pataki, Kerry Healey, Revere America
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