LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Republican running for Congress in Arkansas is calling for "civil disobedience" to a health overhaul approved in Congress and says he'll support the rights of anyone fined for not purchasing health insurance.
Gunner DeLay on Monday said he would push for the repeal of the health care bill that was approved in the House on Sunday. DeLay is one of eight Republicans running for a congressional seat in northwest Arkansas.
DeLay says he'll champion the rights of anyone "threatened or fined" by the federal government for failing to purchase insurance. Under the legislation now headed to President Barack Obama, almost everyone is required to be insured or else pay a fine. There is an exemption for low-income people. The mandate takes effect in 2014.