March 22nd, 2010
05:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann introduces bill to repeal health care reform

'The American people won't ever forget the irresponsible actions of this Administration and Democratic Majority,' Rep. Bachmann said Monday announcing her bill.
'The American people won't ever forget the irresponsible actions of this Administration and Democratic Majority,' Rep. Bachmann said Monday announcing her bill.

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, has introduced a bill to repeal Democrats' health care reform legislation, her office announced Monday.

President Obama and Democrats in Congress "have ignored the will of the people and have chosen to ram through their trillion-dollar health care bill despite the American people's overwhelming objection to it," Bachmann said in a written statement.

Despite the long odds of repeal, several prominent Republicans - including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor - have joined the chorus of those calling for the bill to be overturned.

Bachmann said "the American people won't ever forget the irresponsible actions of this Administration and Democratic Majority."

Soon after passage of the historic bill Sunday night in the House, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, also announced plans to seek to repeal the health care reform legislation.

Updated 6:49 p.m.: A spokesman for the Democratic National Committee has responded to Republican calls to repeal Democrats' health care reform legislation. “While Democrats have delivered reform that will make care more affordable and reliable, Republicans would allow insurance companies to continue to charge whatever they wanted for care and take it away when you got sick," DNC national press secretary Hari Sevugan said in a written statement. "Republicans may finally have a plan, but it quite literally is plan to go backwards, and that’s not one we can afford.”

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  1. Tim

    Independent of what you think of the bill, how was it "rammed through?" They used a standard vote precisely to avoid that controversy.

    March 22, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Interesting...

    Considering that the bill is going to be signed into law and democrats/independents are rallying behind it, I would think that this is a good example of political suicide.

    The "silent" majority, not the tea party enthusiasts, do want health care reform and are quietly behind the democratic initiative.

    March 22, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Roberto

    And how much is the insurance industry paying you this time? Last I checked I'm the 'American people' and am delighted that we finally have the start of health care and, perhaps, the return of the middle class.

    March 22, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Debbie

    I spoke to someone today (80 years old) that is sure she will now be turned away by her doctor at her next visit. Medicare for her must not exist anymore due to this "socialist" plan. This is they type of crap that Republicans have spread, and that many uninformed people bought into. I think once they realize that Medicare benefits aren't changing, and the sky isn't falling on the rest of us, and that sick kids can now see a doctor, that maybe it's not the end of the world.

    March 22, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. IK

    We need to see how this lady can be voted out in her next election. I am really tired of her shenanigans.

    March 22, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Tom in Wheaton, Illinois

    Yep, just like they never forgot the irresponsible actions of FDR when he signed Social Security or LBJ when he signed Medicare. These are the last gasps of the losing side. Nobody remembers who opposed Social Security or Medicare...

    March 22, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Pete

    Dear God – make the laughter stop!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. AK Steve

    Is anyone surprised?

    It just amazes me how obstructionist-like the GOP is. They vote against EVERYTHING, do absolutely NOTHING and then when something does happen they use all their energy to STOP IT.

    The spend more energy doing nothing than most people do doing anything.

    I wish I got paid $200K a year to work hard at doing nothing.

    March 22, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Open Minded

    To Rep Bachman...please stop speaking for the American People....where were you when Bush put us in the hold...why shouldn't everybody have health insurance! Do you have health insurance! I'm a independent and believe whether your republican or democrat...everyone deserves health insurance....you talk about irresponsibility....OMG....wake up Rep B....whos responsible...sure isn't you....instead of fighting this...it's been debated for over a year of this Administration...where you and the GOP offering up a counter offer....

    March 22, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Will

    Is anyone here getting the feeling its going to be the Republicans having their rear ends handed to them in November?

    This bill may not be that great, but seriously folks... one has to have their head up a horse's buttocks to not realize what's at play here, all the hysteria being doled out in desperation by people out of touch with modern times, and the complete hypocrisy being practiced by those willing to claim something is too expensive while themselves having wholeheartedly supported that which placed us in the financial hole we're in now.

    March 22, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Michael

    DeMindless is his name.
    He enjoys the best healthcare from the government.
    Give that up before you talk about other people healthcare.
    You shame of SC

    March 22, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Lee

    The Republican party has not offered a realistic health care bill or any suggestions to alter the current health care bill. All they have offered is obstruction. So rather than having a bill with Republican or Conservative input we have been given a bill written entirely by the Democratic party. That was stupid. The Republicans let us all down. They could have done what legislators have always done. Its called compromise. And rather than modifying and altering the Health Care Bill they tried to block the entire legislation. Who do we blame? We blame the idiots that could'nt do what Ronald Reagan and Tip Oneill did. They worked together and the country was better for it. The Democrats won this one and did what Democrats do. The Republicans played the game of obstructionism and lost because they got arrogant. Thats why the country is so upset with Congress. Because we want change and we want both sides to work together. Dumb move by the Republican leadership. And now we have a bill that could have been bipartisan.

    March 22, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. just a mom

    Yes we will never forget the party of no and the "Teaparty" You both will pay the price of your lies in November.

    March 22, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Trader Vic

    Please Michele, keep talking. Every time this woman opens her mouth it livens up an otherwise dreary workday.

    March 22, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. iduna

    Republicans just cant stand losing a fight can they. They have gone out of their way to destroy this country through poor banking regulations, needless wars, financial mismanagement, now they want to continue the killing off the poor through a lack of afforable medical care. What part of the election didn't they hear. Hey GOP, "Yes we can" .

    March 22, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Barbara

    Google Iraqi Constitution – Article 31, drafted by the U.S. – It provides state funded universal health care for ALL its citizens, as a right!.... Wonder where your reconstruction $$$ are going?.... Good enough for Iraq but not good enough for you? – incredible!

    March 22, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. Joe

    Michele Bachmann should climb on Rush Limbaugh's back and they can leave the country together.....Right wing sore losers every time....Can't you people just once take it like adults,like we did for 8 years of Bush and republican control on the hill ?

    March 22, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Bachmann is yet another superstitious, self-righteous, neo-con nut, but she's doing the right thing on this one.

    March 22, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. ceci

    Whatever! A message from the American People!

    March 22, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Leave Bachmann, leave

    Didn't the majority of the congress pass this bill? Who elected them? How is this not democracy? Did you stop IRAQ war after it got unpopular? In this country, people vote and elect people to represent them and they voted for the bill, so let's not get tea party dictate which is right and which is wrong bill. BTW, I pay a lot more taxes than medium income in this country. I have good health insurance from my company. Guess what, I work for the "man" to make sure I and my family have good insurance. Now, this bill has given me a chance and possibility to open my own business some day and make twice or more and not be afraid of job going over seas.

    ps. where was health care bill during 8 years or your party's majority. What happened to trillions of money when your party was a majority?

    March 22, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. k

    Why can't this crazy lady just go away?

    March 22, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. johnrj08

    This woman wants to be a movie star. The problem is, she's a terrible actress and an even worse representative.

    The GOP has to do this. It has to scream for the repeal. Otherwise, it will look like it wasn't being serious over the last month insisting that the bill would be catastrophe for the country.

    And, if they keep up this whining, they're going to be in for a rude awakening in November. Historically, voters don't care for politicians who do nothing but continuously complain.

    March 22, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Shawn

    LOL
    What hasn't the Rep Party ever Ram through legislation for there own benifits?
    Gee it must suck to be on the other end huh?

    March 22, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Taking away our rights

    Go ahead-
    repeal a person's right to keep your doctor.

    repeal so that insurance companies can pick who they want to cover.

    repeal so that those with a pre-existing condition can enjoy NO health insurance.

    March 22, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Sour Grapes

    March 22, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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