March 22nd, 2010
05:40 PM ET
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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. dale

    First there is no "overwhelming" objection unless your part of the minority Repub party and secondly the American public will forget as soon as next month (I think) when Tiger Woods walks out to play the Master. Unfortunate but true, Woods will over take this as news.

    March 22, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Daniel

    These Republicans are a bunch of morons, I don't even have to be a congressman to know that to repeal a bill signed by the president needs a presidential veto. These republicans really think Americans are that stupid. That is why they will always be remember as the party that destroyed our economy in 8 years of Bush Administration.

    March 22, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Colin

    A suggestion for Webster's Dictionary:

    Sore Losers n. pl.

    1. People who act in a rude or unsportsmanlike manner in response to defeat.
    2. Republicans.

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

    The Republicans "Rammed Through" a war 8 years ago that the majority of Americans didn't want...does that count?

    March 22, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Dave Hafsten

    The wonderful result of the passage of the healthcare reform bill, is that we are witnessing the disintegration of the Republican Party as a mainstream political party. They will emerge as a wingnut party with fascist aims, while independents and libertarians will emerge with reasonable political influence.

    March 22, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Emma

    They really know how to misuse power they get paid to use (Yes, including those of Lobbyist firms).

    There is a good chance that the reform will survive and be improved.

    March 22, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Mark

    Its just sad the republicans are so pissed that Health Care Reform was passed Despite THEIR objections. They just don't want the President, or any democrat to have any success. Its just sad

    March 22, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. LeeMan

    Bachmann is wasting the House's time -as usual. How exactly do she, Romney, Cantor, and others think her bill is going to pass? With what votes? And even if it did, Obama would veto it. So why bother? Take it up with the voters, who back here in Minnesota are tired of her ignorant, lunatic, scene-grabbing style and are working hard to vote her out.

    March 22, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. not entitled to your own "facts"

    Were any Republicans listening while Barack Obama was a presidential candidate? Does the refrain "Health Care Reform" ring any bells? It certainly should since he discussed it to wild cheers at every campaign stop. I know Republicans remember that a tidy majority of American voters put Obama and his plans in the White House so this nonsense that they are just "shocked" that the Administration pushed health care reform is utter nonsense.

    Americans voted for someone who had the courage to make changes for the greater good. Anyone who expresses astonishment is being both foolish and dishonest.

    Finally, a note to Republican lawmakers: Even though I did not hire you, you still work for me and every other taxpayer in this country. The message you are sending is that while you are comfortable with us paying for your excellent health insurance, you are going to make sure we do not have the same opportunity to take care of ourselves and our families. I hope every single Democrat running for reelection who voted for reform reminds Americans that what is good enough for Republican members of Congress is too good for the rest of us who actually pay those bills.

    March 22, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Doug

    Now that the Forces of Stupid have lost their biggest legislative challenge, will they double-down on stupid or pretend to be human? I'm betting on the former.

    March 22, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. george from alaska

    self centered childish jerk. her and palin should hook up...

    March 22, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. cmkc

    Ms. Bachman – We voted President Obama into office for precisely this change and others. President Obama and the change he represents IS the will of the people. Lay down.

    March 22, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. SocialismBad

    If the DemocRATS think this fight is over they are sadly mistaken. Once the reins of government are returned to Conservative hands, this Obamination will be reversed.

    In the 60's the DemocRATS lost the South for generations. In 2010, they will lose the rest of the country for decades because of their arrogance and blatant disregard for the will of the majority of the American people.

    March 22, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Michelle Bachman in EVIL

    This psycho can try all she wants to repeal this bill. Lord help this country and the republican party if it does. If they want see a revolution, repeal the law. I double dare them!!! It will be the eradication and ethnic cleansing of the republican party and they will cease to exist forever.

    March 22, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Bob

    Isn't this doing something in the wind?

    March 22, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Joseph

    Hmmmm....I believe Minnesota should have a special election to repeal and remove Bachmann from office. The process used in this debate and vote was no different than the same process used by Republicans many times in the past. When democrats were the minority and bills were passed through by reconciliation they were told to get over it. What hypocrites.

    March 22, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Bill from GA

    Cal me a dreamer, but wouldn't it be nice if the Repugs would work with the Dems and fix some of the problems with the bill, and maybe include a decent version of Tort Reform, which most Americans really agree with.

    They could probably bring the cost down too, but it might seem like a victory for the Dems, and no matter how much it would help America, the Repugs couldn't stand that.

    March 22, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. ART

    Can some one please put a muzzle or some sort of gag on this idiot

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

    The Republicans will never have the backbone to actually repeal this legislation. They will complain and complain and then will take credit for being in the congress that helped to insure and extra 15% of the population. They have been stupidly arguing that Medicare will be cut and therefore this bill is bad for America. They should actually be happy because the only part of this bill that has anything to do with government run insurance makes spending cuts to that government run insurance also known as Medicare. The professional Republicans in Washington are the most arrogant and hippocritical people I have seen serving in my life. I would be ashamed to tell someone from another country that people like Michelle Bachmann are running my country.

    March 22, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Brandon

    Good luck with that one, repubs. Repealing the bill is as much political suicide as passing it.

    March 22, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Kevin in Ohio

    Unfortunately, the repeal won't take place till the Almighty Obama is out of office on Jan 20,2013. And even more unfortunately, that will be a little late for a lot of the damage that will already have been done.

    March 22, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Shepherder in CT

    Michele, quick run to the bank and deposit those lobbyist's checks from the insurance and pharmacuetical companies....

    March 22, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. shakin the dust off of my shoes

    The GOP focused on the past? I'm shocked.

    March 22, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Marcus Tate

    What if they fight it on a religious basis? Certain religions, like the Jehova's Witnesses, do not use medicine or hospitals. Therefore, it is against their religion to force them to buy health insurance. And guess what – if they are not subject to it, then I should not be, either.

    This bill is unconstitutional, and it should be struck down. The government CANNOT dictate that people must purchase a good or service. Period.

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

    In time we will come to understand that Health Care was the right thing to do. The conservatives have been behind most anti-American historic events like segregation, they were the biggest anti-Civil Rights supporters, they were against Social Security in the 30's, and they were against Medicare in the 60's. And now they want us to believe that their backwards thinking is actually the right thing to do. This is the 21st century, let's move forward.

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