October 6th, 2009
03:54 PM ET
12 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. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Michelle Bachman is a complete psychopath.

    October 6, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Obama Victim

    a question please....................just WHAT are they afraid of???

    October 6, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. patNY

    Congresswoman Michelle Bachman is an embarrassment onto herself! She's one of the most craziest right wing nuts out there! She's a huge homophobe as well! Anyone who thinks gay americans are more a threat to the US than terrorism is off her rocker...and this woman has fallen off hers already! She should be investigated for mental illness and then removed from the Congress!

    IMPEACH BACHMAN!!!!

    October 6, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Pepou

    Bachman is a total embarrassment we all know that all too well. How much is her heavy make up paid for by the insurance companies ?

    October 6, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Liz in Texas

    What is embarrassing is Michelle Bachmann.

    October 6, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Kathy G

    What is the problem? Most of these congress folks are attorneys, educated and should know how to read a bill. Further more they have staffers to assist in pulling out particular points of the bill to study. I am an RN and have read 500 pages in a day of clinical documentation. They have had MONTHS to work on the bill, but spend most of their time arguing just to win political points. The Blue Dog Dems are the worst, after that the RePugnants. The whining that these people in congress on how they cannot do their job is shameful. What a bunch of babies!

    October 6, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. single mom

    Three months might be unrealistic. Minimum of a week would be good though.

    Considering all we've learned about how theTARP money was spent/wasted, can you imagine if the public had had a chance to read that one?

    And how about making it standard procedure? Of course, cutting out the legal talk and putting it in plain English would be a requirement as well!

    October 6, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Lisa

    Dear lord, this woman should really get the microphone taken away from her once & for all....jeezus!

    October 6, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. yuri

    We thank the Almighty for not letting Bachman become a member of
    the " gang of six ". She already is a different gang member of a suis generis variety and has the uncanny ability to utter all kinds of cockamamie. She is one fine heck of a venomous wench.

    October 6, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Paul

    No doubt they are embarrassed. Pelosi is embarrassment enough and her promise of draining the swamp is another fairly tale. Nothing has occurred on her watch but wasteful spending & incompetent leadership.

    October 6, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Duck Fallas

    She couldn't read "The Cat in the Hat" in 72 hours.

    October 6, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Former Republican

    I don't know about you, but I could get through about 1000 pages in a week, give or take a day. So if it is going to take Bachmann three months, he should seriously consider having his IQ tested. Oh wait, that's the problem with the Republican party isn't it? They're all mentally deficient.

    He's essentially wrapping himself in American Flag and declaring he's a patriot for standing up against something that America desperately needs. What a farce the GOP has become.

    This is just more distortion from the Grand Obstructionist Party.

    October 6, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. Navy Vet

    No, the republicans and their effort to not only "NOT" work against the President and this administration to get things done, but their video documented effort to work against this administration.

    So how many more of Republicans are going to try to undermine healthcare reform and foreign policy? How many more Republicans are going to go overseas and tell our allies to not trust this administration and try to undermine the Presidents foreign policy?

    The GOP has allowed the extreme right to take over and turn it into a sickening remnant of the party it once was. Hatred, vitriol, hypocrisy and downright anti-American behavior all wrapped up in the phony description of speaking out.

    "Three days is an embarrassment," Bachmann said Tuesday at the Heritage Foundation [sic]

    October 6, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Has anyone ever listened the Bachmann speak? SHE is the embarrassment!

    October 6, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I am sure that Bachmann would like years to read it and no time to vote on it. It seems that most Republicans don't care about changing the system or helping people with medical insurance and health care issues. What have they done to advance the cause? Do they even recognize the need for changes in the system?

    October 6, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. Dan, TX

    There is nothing a dem could do to embarrass themselves more than Bachmann embarrasses/disgraces the republican party every time she speaks.

    The only thing wrong with the health care bill is that the republicans have made it do nothing. So yeah, it will be a bad bill, because the republicans stopped it from actually being a good bill. This way, when things in health care are even worse, the republicans can blame it on the democrats.

    Thanks a lot republicans, destroy America. But that's OK, I have a good job, can't be fired, and make more than 95% of Americans. Yep, I'm a politician.

    October 6, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. victim of republican greed

    It is not like she has anything else to do, other than what most wingnuts do; trash the USA.

    October 6, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. geecee

    Bachmann – let me remind you of something. President Obama said the health care insurance reform bill wasn't about him way back when your fellow Rethuglican Senator, Jim Demented claimed it would be Obama's "Waterloo". Remember that? Obama said, "this isn't about me". This health care insurance reform bill is for all Americans to get better health care at a more affordable cost. Because you don't get it, doesn't mean there's something nefarious about the entire process. You are slow and a dimwit, we understand that. But this has gone on long enough and it's time to take a stand. I hope the Democrats do the right thing and pass this health care reform bill as soon as possible – with a public option, no less!!!

    October 6, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. Jeff in Virginia

    holy nutcase!

    October 6, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. Kevin, Simple In Ohio

    Yes...you see that's the difference between LIBS and REPS. LIBS can't understand why REPS do what they do. REPS act like they understand why LIBS do what they do and spread it like gospel.

    While you must assume that Democrats are embarrassed of the health care bill, most Americans are embarrassed of Republicans representing Americans. With good cause.

    October 6, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Mark S.

    The only thing more embarrassing than Michelle Bachman herself is the fact the CNN keeps "reporting" on this nut job, giving her a forum for every outlandish thing that she can think of.

    October 6, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Cleaning up after W

    I would be highly surprised if Bachmann is even able to read the funny pages, let alone a piece of legislation. Even if she could read, she's too busy spewing verbal diarrhea to find time to read it.

    October 6, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. Shelly

    What did she say???
    Why do we have to listen to this stupid, irrelevant, ignorant woman?
    Is there room in the next flight to space for one more to Mars?

    October 6, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. 8 years 4 sure

    Who knows "embarrassment" better than Bachmann?
    It's hard to believe this woman respresents anything, except "dressed-up" insanity!!! WHEWWWWWW!!!

    October 6, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Jon

    They know that this bill is garbage.
    Why not start over and come up with something better that doesn't need to be "rammed" through congress.

    October 6, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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