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Health Law Still A Hot Topic In Town Hall Meetings And On The Campaign Trail

During Congress's August break, GOP lawmakers, armed with talking points, are maintaining strong positions against the overhaul and getting positive reinforcment from some of their constituents.

Des Moines Register: Talk To Employees About Obamacare, Senator Says
Employers should be telling their employees about how harmful Obamacare could be to job-creating businesses, a Wisconsin senator told Iowa entrepreneurs Tuesday (Leys, 8/13).

CT Mirror: Etsy Opponent Joins GOP Efforts To Distort Obamacare
President Obama’s signature accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, continues to be a key weapon in Republican campaigns, including that of Mark Greenberg, a GOP candidate for Congress in Connecticut's 5th District. In a recent fundraising letter, Greenberg said, "Congress and (Rep.) Elizabeth Esty have just been given an exemption from Obamacare. Are you as upset as I am?" The letter said the IRS also received an exception from the ACA (Radelat, 8/14).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: In North Carolina, Many Republicans Give Clear Message To Congressman: Keep Up The Opposition
Republican Patrick McHenry's loudest constituents have no desire to see conciliation on gridlocked Capitol Hill, unless it comes from President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats. As the congressman holds public question-and-answer sessions with constituents during Congress' summer break, conservatives and GOP loyalists who enjoy significant influence in his western North Carolina district are demanding that he and his House colleagues defund "Obamacare," refuse to raise the nation's debt limit and generally intensify opposition to the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (8/13).

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