Wanted: 300 Spartans to fight ObamaCare in Arizona

June 26, 2013


To all Arizona Taxpayers & Health Care Freedom Fighters:

The battle over the Arizona ObamaCare Medicaid expansion is far from over

Wanted: 300 Spartans

The Arizona Constitution gives citizens a low threshold (approximately 86,000 valid voter signatures) to refer a legislatively enacted measure to the next general election, if the signatures are collected within 90 days after the last day of the legislative session.  To be safe, we need to collect at least 120,000 signatures before Labor Day.  If we succeed, we can block implementation of the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion and put the question to voters on the November 2014 ballot.

At the battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC, three hundred Spartan warriors and a tiny number of allies held off an army of more than 100,000 invading Persians under Xerxes, giving the rest of the Greek city states time to successfully defend their homeland.

To block the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion and put it on the November 2014 ballot, we need 300 Arizona Spartans to collect 400 signatures each.  This will NOT be easy.  Each Spartan volunteer will need to collect one sheet of signatures (15 signatures) per day for 27 days between now and Labor Day.  The organizers at www.urapc.org have petition sheets ready to distribute now.

Starting today, we are collecting the names (you can use heroic pseudonyms!) of Grassroots Spartans — activists who pledge to collect 400 signatures — and posting those names in our Hall of Heroes on the AFP-Arizona website.  In September, we will present the Leonidas Award to the volunteer who collects the most signatures.

To kick off the campaign, I pledge to be a Grassroots Spartan and to personally collect 400 signatures by Labor Day.  (Note that collecting a sheet of signatures is relatively easy for me, since I am in daily contact with groups of activists.  If you are working your precinct and nearby neighborhoods, it could take you over an hour to collect a sheet of 15 signatures.  If you go to shopping centers, things will go faster…)

Or… 1,000 Health Care Freedom Warriors!

For a somewhat easier (but still very tough!) commitment, become a Health Care Freedom Warrior by pledging to collect 105 signatures (seven sheets) between now and Labor Day.  We will also post the names (or pseudonyms!) of the Warriors in our Hall of Heroes.


To sign up as a Grassroots Spartan or a Health Care Freedom Warrior, email me at tjenney@afphq.org with your name (and your heroic pseudonym, if you would prefer to be anonymous) and your contact info, including your ground address and the best date and time to deliver your petitions.  If you want, please include the name of your organization — we want to recognize the participation of Arizona’s many grassroots pro-taxpayer and pro-freedom organizations!

For policy information about why Arizona must defeat the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion, start here: http://tinyurl.com/ocmxbeenthere    

For Liberty, Tom

Tom Jenney
Arizona Director
Americans for Prosperity

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