By Elise Viebeck - 07/31/13 04:12 PM EDT
In one petition, author Judith Dias slammed Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) for his vote, stating that she and her husband are "counting on being insured under the Affordable Care Act."
"We didn't vote for you so that you could cave in to the extremists who are now holding our government hostage," Dias wrote.
"You need to stand strong and make sure that ObamaCare is implemented. No delays, no changes. That's why you were elected, and that's why Obama was elected, both terms. Stop the craziness and vote to continue implementing ObamaCare in its entirety.”
Other members targeted for their votes include Reps. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.), Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), Bill Enyart (D-Ill.), Bill Owens (D-N.Y.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.).
The GOP held a vote to delay the individual mandate after the Obama administration announced that it would not require larger employers to offer health insurance until 2015, one year later than originally planned.
Republicans argued individuals deserve one year of relief from the requirement to carry health insurance since larger employers were given flexibility under their own mandate.
The bill to delay the individual mandate passed 251-174 on July 17, with 22 Democrats voting yes.
Dems who opposed the measure said it would seriously raise healthcare premiums and imperil the Affordable Care Act.