On September 10, 2013, Tea Party Patriots hosted a rally on the west lawn of the US Capitol to protest the congressional exemption from Obamacare. Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and over a dozen other congressmen shared their position on the exemption and their expectations on defunding Obamacare to members of Congress over the recess break.


Tea Party Patriots created a website at ExemptAmerica.com to promote the rally and invite others to sign up and join.


Over 5,000 activists showed up in support of the rally and the messages of the congressmen.

News articles and reports

Paul, Lee, Cruz to headline Obamacare defunding rally The Washington Post August 26, 2013

Paul, Cruz plan anti-Obamacare rally Politico August 26, 2013

Washington, DC to see rally to “exempt” America from Obamacare The Maine Wire August 27, 2013

Lawmakers, Activists Rally at Capitol to ‘Exempt America’ from Obamacare Red Alert Politics September 10, 2013

Republicans split over push to defund Obamacare The Business Journals September 10, 2013

Defund ObamaCare Rally Richmond Times-Dispatch September 4, 2013

Hundreds Rally Against Obamacare The Washington Free Beacon August 30, 2013