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Pataki collects signatures to try to repeal health-care plan

Former New York Gov. George Pataki said Wednesday he and an organization he chairs, Revere America, have collected almost 200,000 of a planned 1 million signatures in an effort to repeal the recently enacted federal health-care plan.

Pataki, a Republican who is subject of rumors that he would run for president in 2012, would not name the donors to the newly formed Revere America, but said all funding was from private contributions and that all pertinent information was on the group's website, which does not list any contributors.

He characterized his petition effort as a "nonpartisan attempt to create majority in both houses" of Congress to repeal the health plan pushed through by President Barack Obama.

"This fall, we're going to ask every candidate for Congress in both parties whether they will work with us to repeal and replace Obamacare," Pataki said. He did not elaborate on what would replace the Obama plan.

"If they say 'Yes,' then we will notify those in their district who have signed and given us their e-mails addresses that this candidate is on their side. If they say 'No,' then we will notify the people in their district that this candidate is opposed to that," he said.

"This not a partisan organization. It is a policy organization. And our goal is, come November, to have policy majority in Congress who understand the need to repeal Obamacare and replace it with true health care reform," Pataki said.

The Democratic National Committee and the White House did not return calls for comment.

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