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. HarryB

    Can we possibly get this wacko to run for higher office in 2012? She makes even Sarah Palin appear to be sane. Maybe they can run as a team.

    March 22, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. shawn

    Just to keep the ranting into perspective. The wars in Afgan and Iraq are just about to tip the scale of $1 trillion dollars. We are still here, will still be in debt and nobody is getting violent about Bush and Congress...but the point is those who were in charge are now out.

    The majority voted for Obama, he can do he pleases when congress agrees and since we voted them in...their decisions ARE the will of the people...

    March 22, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Scott L.

    The democrats suffered many defeats on key issues at the hands of the Republican majority in the last several Congresses. They may not have liked the outcomes, but they also didn't turn around and try to revoke passed legislation. Congresswoman Bachmann's proposed bill strikes me as a young child whining about losing and asking for a " do over' on the playground. This Congress proved it can get somethung done. There are other very pressing issues relating to jobs, unemployment and the economy that need their attention. Get on with it and stop pouting.

    March 22, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. jeff

    I'd like to introduce a bill to repeal Michele Bachmann. Period

    March 22, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Jill, California

    Gee, Americans didn't want war in Iraq, but that went through....Oh yeah, Bush/Chaney world. How about we send all Americans who are without health insurance, as well as those you are targeted by insurance companies, to Bachmann's house, and she can personally pay for their care and premiums; then we'll see how long before she wants reform. She's really is a bit of a whack.....

    March 22, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. billy

    Maybe Bachmann can also read up on the procedure for repealing a law. She'll discover that not only they need way more than 219 votes in the House but they need 67 senators voting for it in the Senate... a steep mountain to climb considering there aren't even that many Democrats up for re-election.

    Or maybe Bachmann can tell America which part she wants to repeal first; stopping insurance companies from denying children coverage for pre-exisiting conditions or closing the "doughnut hole" in charging seniors for medication.

    March 22, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. eric in Denver

    Michell Bachmann is a great American and an example of what Washington should be about. The left goes crazy when they see her name or Palin's and that is a good sign for normal people of our country. Even CNN did a poll that showed that 59% of this country is against this bill and only 39% in favor. To the 39% wake up because the increased taxes on high income earners will be moving to the middle class and then everybody by the time this bill bankrupts our country. RIP USA.

    March 22, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. smokey

    First of all, neither Bachman or the GOP speak for me and I really wish they would stop saying they are doing " the will of the Amercian People "..Because this is farthest from the truth..Think about it, the Amercian spoke loud and clear in 2008 when we elected Obama, and this is the change we voted for..So please, stop trying to use the term Amercian People when you really have no clue what the Amercian People want. ! It is really getting old....

    March 22, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. GILBERT

    Wow, perhaps they could have used this quick hustle and elbow grease previously to HELP our nation instead of trying to thwart every effort by this chosen leadership.
    There are, undoubtedly, many Americans in fear of this bill.
    The simple fact is, we choose change. Not "the same old thing that doesn't work, but we'll figure something out when it implodes like the housing thing." We chose Obama. We chose America.

    March 22, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Marc

    You cvan expect ANYTHING that's not worth A THING from this woman.

    March 22, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. CommonSense09

    It's so funny how some people will do and try anything to stay in the media rather than trying to be real and a genuine politician that care about the average American instead of having their own personal motives.....Bachmann, DeMint, Palin, Romney and Cantor will eventually self destruct just from being an idiot!

    March 22, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Angie in PA

    So the Wing nuts are going to repeal the Pre exsisitng conditions, the ability for Children to stay on their parents Insurance until 26, and closing the Donut hole for seniors? I DARE YOU I DOUBLE DARE YOU OH PLEASE DO And kiss your sorry a–es GOODBYE!

    March 22, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Steve, New York City

    The Tea Party people have EVERY RIGHT to voice their concern, if they genuinely feel that the government is crafting bad policy. As my fellow Americans, I will support their right to protest every time.

    However, I must say that I'm disgusted with elements of this movement, with some in this crowd making racist, bigoted remarks this past weekend. . .why doesn't Ms. Bachman say anything to denounce these people . . .or what about you, Anne Coulter, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, Rush the "drug addict" Limbaugh, Dick Cheney . . .why don't you just admit that you're hostile to anyone who is not exactly like you?

    March 22, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Brian

    Mitt Romney currently holds what elected office?

    March 22, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. Beverly - NYC

    Oh boo hoo, we lost and can't get up. What will of the people is this wench babbling about? I was not been polled by Fox, oh that's right I'm a registered Democrat so my opinion is not sought to bolster these general statements. Dear Michelle, what I won't forget are the Republicans and Democrats who voted NO on this important issue. It will be interesting to see how you defend doing nothing because your sole interest is having the black President fail so your band of thugs can ride to the rescue. Nice try though, keep preaching to the uneducated 19% who will follow, they will need their pound of your flesh one day too.

    March 22, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Robert Rubin

    Yeah and like Obama would actually sign such a bill. What utter morons the GOP are especially the racist Bachmann.

    Look at all of the people protesting this bill – they are all disgusting, racist, bigots who are nothing but low class sheep that can't think for themselves.

    How many of these people get Medicare and Social Security? They should all be stripped of their benefits.

    March 22, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. EricSF

    Sure try and overturn the bill. I can see you telling seniors that you are going to reinstate the dougnut hole, tell families their children have a preexisting condition or women who have had c-sections that it's a preexisting condition. Good luck with that.

    March 22, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Robert Edison

    They say that the repeal of this bill is the will of the American People, this is not true as many people want this bill. They should get it right and say that the repeal of this bill is the will of the "Republican" People.

    March 22, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Rich

    where were you during the 8 years of the bush white house that ignored the will if the people. Started 2 wars only one was right. Lead our ecenomy to implode. Where was the talk of the will of the people then.Truth about health care reform passage: not as great as Dems would have us believe but not as tragic as GOP wants us to think. Both sides have distorted, however, the distortion prize goes to the republicans on this one.

    March 22, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Laurie

    I wish someone would introduce a bill to repeal Michelle Bachmann.

    March 22, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. djb

    Well, I hope John McCain is satisfied. He released Sarah Palin on this country and her vitriole has spread like a contagious diseases. And Michelle Bachman caught a monstrous case of it. I remember as a teacher that there were always a few of the kids in the school who had to keep "stirring the pot" and then looking so innocent when they got caught. However, Pailn and Bachman aren't smart enough to look innocent. They relish the attention. How sad.

    March 22, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. vette gal

    This woman is the craziest republican I've yet to see. Her constant remarks are totally off the wall. It's hard to believe she was really elected into office, especially if she said some of the things she has in the past year while running for that office. Or....maybe the people of her state are just uninformed and uneducated?

    March 22, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Vicki

    I am sick to death of the Republicans saying "the American people don't want the health care bill." I'm an American person and I, my friends and family all wanted this bill to pass. Stop generalizing and speak the truth...the Republicans don't want the health care bill.

    March 22, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. One fine son

    This type of wording is what makes communist countries look better than "free" democratic countries.

    If these blue hair politicians got out of their ivory towers and went door to door, they would honestly see, this IS what the American people need. You can't always get what you "WANT" but we must provide what is needed.

    Or, hands down, give the American people the SAME healthcare our immature "leaders" provide to themselves.

    Does this make sense? These bullet proof politicians are above the law in every aspect; they get swept underground during an attack, they set their own salaries, they work 3 days a week, take vacation when they want...

    And we work 7 days a week, pay 33% in taxes, deal with crappy roads, no healthcare, deteriorating infrastructure. And all they do is raise money for their next election; bad mouth eachother so as to brain wash their followers.

    This country is truly absurd. Watch out, there is a revolution 'brewing'; "we the people" will be heard. "We the people" are tired of reps. talking like this and making everyone think everyone else wants is differently.

    March 22, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. rick

    I'm glad it was passed. The GOP needs to come off their high horse and start say no.

    March 22, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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