October 6th, 2009
03:54 PM ET
13 years ago

Bachmann: House Dems 'embarrassed' by their health care bill

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/06/art.2bachmann.cnn.jpg caption="Rep. Michelle Bachmann said Tuesday that 90 days ought to be set aside to consider the final health care bill in the House."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Minnesota Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann said congressional Democrats were not guaranteeing lawmakers enough time to read the final version of health care reform legislation before they vote, telling conservative bloggers Tuesday that the majority party might be more interested in giving President Obama a political victory than in passing an effective plan.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently pledged to post the final bill online for at least 72 hours before the House votes. But Bachmann said Pelosi's pledge is not enough.

"Three days is an embarrassment," Bachmann said Tuesday at the Heritage Foundation's weekly blogger lunch. "It shows how embarrassed these Democrats are of their bill. They know this health care bill is radioactive with the American public and if they give the American public more than three days to read this bill, all hell might break loose and they might never get this bill actually passed and done.

"It shows, again, that they have no confidence in their health care bill. They have no confidence in their leadership to be able to explain this bill."

Instead, the Minnesota Republican suggested that a minimum of three months is a more appropriate time to consider the final version of health care reform legislation in the House.

"This really needs to be about bettering the health care system, not giving 'a win' to the president, because health care shouldn't be about President Obama. It shouldn't be about him. It should be about us. It should be about the country," she said.

The version of the health care reform bill drafted by the Senate Finance Committee is currently online and an online campaign begun last month to encourage Members of Congress to read bills before voting on them has garnered more than 100,000 pledges, according to the campaign's Web site.

Filed under: Health care • House • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Proud Member..Party of No

    Of course Obama and the democrats don't want people to be able to read their bill because they know the people will reject it. Obama is a total disgrace. He has done nothing right, has no accomplishments and, in fact, is making everything from the economy to foreign policy far worse than before he took office. The only one happy with Obama is Jimmy Carter because Obama has taken over the mantle of Worst President Ever from Jimmy.

    October 6, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. tee

    This again......this crazy fool is at it again........whats your plan Michele?

    October 6, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. dennisk

    Ha-ha-ha-ha! That Michelle Bachmann is one of the most brilliant social satirists ever! Twice as funny as Colbert!
    What? She's SERIOUS?
    In that case, call the men in the white coats with the butterfly nets.

    October 6, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Evert

    Three months to allow the "reading impaired" Republicans time to review the bill. I hope the bill contains a lot of nice pretty pictures as well!!

    October 6, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Oh yeah, lots of change

    Why is the Democrapic congress so scared that people might actually read the bill? Oh, because they might realize just how screwed we will be as the Democraps make us into the Nanny State who depend on them for everything and don't have to work for anything at all?

    October 6, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Informed Voter

    How can she criticise the bill before she has even read it? Incredibly moronic, but then angain, if it's coming out of Michelle Bachmann's mouth, then you know it is garbage.

    October 6, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Big Ed

    What medication is she taking (or should be taking)? Talk about embarassing! If she were towing the Republican party drivel, I would understand, but this person is almost a danger to herself and others! She is in real need of psychiatric help, regardless of party affiliation. Where is the party leadership? The scary thing is ...she believes all the junk she says!

    October 6, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |

    Michele is one crazy person. Does anything that comes out of her mouth makes sense? One thing for sure, she probably has accepted lot of money from the big insurance companies!!! People like her should be put in rooms with padded walls.

    October 6, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Get your glasses Michelle..................

    She needs more time to read the bill. After all, knuckle dragging neanderthals from within the GOP need extra time for crafting ammendments meant to stop the bill............

    October 6, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Clint

    It is an embarassment of cosmic proportions that the Republican party has done everything in its power to derail national health insurance, in the interests of the health insurance industry, since the Truman administration. How long Ms. Bachman, is enough time for your party and the GOP Wingnut Army to manufacture complete falsehoods about a health bill and impede its progress?

    October 6, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. John,Black Hills/SD

    How much time do republicans need to read the health care reform proposal. 2 months ago we heard the same excuse from republicans, and some democrats. I think House and Senate members just like hearing themselves talk. Read this "Term Limits". Wake up and get to work instead of working on your next vote on increasing your benefits package, and salary increases. We owe you what you have offered our seniors on social security...zero $$$.

    October 6, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. Linell Winter Park, FL

    90 days? OMG that means every congressperson would have to read about 12 – 15 pages per day...how can they possibly keep that pace up? Bachman is a proven joke....

    October 6, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. kman821

    And HUMANITY is embarrassed by Michelle "fruit-loop" Bachmann. If only this silly little creature could see herself as thinking human beings do ... she'd be devastated!

    October 6, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Doug

    Even if House Dems are embarrassed by their health care bill, it's nothing compared to the national embarrassment she causes on a daily basis.

    October 6, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Regressive Party Refugee (former republican)

    Not so much as the republican party is embarrassed by Bachmann's ignorant demagogic tin foil hat rhetoric.

    October 6, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. oknfl

    She needs 90 days? Must be a slow reader.

    October 6, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. J.P.

    Bachmann is right.

    If you give the public enough time to read, review, analyze and fully digest this steaming yet polished turd, the public will end up with indigestion and likely be sick, as well.

    Honestly, if the hippies are proud of the healthcare Frankenstein monster bill they're sewing together, why not give the public ample time to fully analyze it? What are they afraid of?

    I'll tell you why... because sunshine is the best disinfectant, especially when it comes to bills coming out of the Congress. They know this thing will not survive scrutiny.

    Electoral Bloodbath... coming to a Democrat district near you in 2010

    October 6, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. Ren from Baltimore

    Like some other Republican, this one has gotten too many free rides due to her good looks. Sorry, but it is painfully obvious in this case-every time she speaks, it's like some little over-protected child throwing out observations from her time in some fantasy-land.

    This is not meant to be a gender thing. Ensign had it the same way, as did John Edwards; at least Bachman doesn't use her "freebies" to hurt her or others' families. Let's give her that.

    October 6, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Howard

    Maybe Ms. Bachmann should go back to school and learn to read faster

    October 6, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. Jeeze

    Spoken like someone who has not read it herself and just spouts the GOThuglican party line. Anything to say 'no' whether you understand it or not.

    October 6, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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