By Molly K. Hooper - 07/28/09 12:24 PM EDT
The meeting with small-business owners is part of the ongoing effort by Republicans to attack what they consider to be a "government takeover" of the country's healthcare system.
The No. 3-ranking GOP House member, Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.), also is imploring Americans "who cherish a free-market foundation of our healthcare economy to join House Republicans and a handful of Democrats in this fight."
House offices have already been inundated with phone calls from their constituents on the healthcare reform issue.
Michigan Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak says that his office averages 300 calls per day on this topic; normally it receives a daily average of 10 calls on any given topic.