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

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

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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. Connie, Indiana

    Wasn't it the republicans that wanted the insurance lobbyist to see the bill. Why the 90 day wait.. Seems to me it is a stall, pure and simple. Maybe if it were read, people would be in favor of it. I think the republicans are afraid that it may contain something that is beneficial for the American people instead of the insurance companies!! Could be makes one wonder! Besides Bachmann is an out and out idiot.

    October 6, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Expat American

    Newt....Rush.....Palin....Bachman....it's like human evolution in reverse.

    October 6, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    Healthcare in Mass. is bankrupting the state! LOL! You seem to forget it was pushed by Romney (a republican) BUT it was approved by the very liberal state house! LOL (although I am not really LOLing)

    October 6, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. a real american

    I just don't understand democrats... all she is stating is that it is not enough time for THE AMERICAN PEOPLE to read and obviously the lazy democrats who don't read the bill anyway. Get over your high and mighty socialist views and get a clue about what is happening here in our country! You Morons all expect everything to be just HANDED to you!

    October 6, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. IndyVoter

    BACHMANN BE GONE!! If they gave you a month, are you even CAPABLE of reading it? You have done nothing to contribute the to this health care bill, nothing that would actually help the American people and you have added nothing but rancor and poison to the overall debate. YOU, Ma'am are the embarrassment here!

    October 6, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Moderate Democrat

    We are not embarrassed by the bill you MORON. We just know that republicans aren't able to read adequately. So it matters not HOW LONG you are given, you will never get through the big words. If we wait for the retards (aka Republicans) to read it, it will take 50 years to ever get it done. Why else do you think this subject has been on going for over fifty years?

    Pass it with out republicans, they don't have the intelligence to understand, read or vote on the matter.

    October 6, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. A better reader than Bachman

    Bachman will insult anyone just to make a comment. I think most people could read the bill in 72 hours, even some of the House Republicans.

    October 6, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Robin

    If the healthcare bill was so great, how come it has not been passed? The Dems are in control you know.

    October 6, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Michelle Bachmann

    WHAT? You mean I gotta do work?....this is MADNESS!!!

    October 6, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. jpayne

    I love you idiot democrats on this message board. I realize that most of you are kool-aid drinkers that cannot read, therefore you do not care if this bill is posted.

    I get a kick out of Alex's post that 72 hours should be enough time to read a bill unless you are a Republican. Ha Ha. Too bad that the average completed grade level of a Republican is 4 grades higher then a Democrat. Not to mention the difference in common sense and earning potential.

    Alex, I am impressed that you could even turn on a computer.

    October 6, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Expat American

    Newt….Rush…..Palin….Bachmann….it's like human evolution in reverse.

    October 6, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. AkCoyote

    Palin / Bachmann 2012

    October 6, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Uh, no Ms. Bachmann, the Dems are worried that the Repbs are too stupid to realize what needs to be done.....like actually paying attention to what the people need in the way of health care.

    October 6, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Robin

    Reading these posts, I need to ask, how is it the Republican's fault?

    The Democrats control, the House, the Senate, and the White House.

    October 6, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Republican No Longer

    Want to know what's embarrassing? That the modern day republicans are so retarded that they can't read a bill in three days.

    I'm no Nancy Pelosi fan, but seriously, this Bachmann is a 100% underachieving, un-patriotic and certified insane idiot! You get paid to read, DO IT OR QUIT (Like Sarah).

    October 6, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. seriously?

    The matter isn't whether or not one party or the other can read it in so many days. The problem is that the public will not have enough of a chance to view the bill and contact their representatives to let them know how they feel about it.

    That is the difference between the parties...one thinks that their opinion is sufficient enough for their followers and the other actually listens to what their followers have to say. Right now the are saying they want to read the bill!

    Besides, this isn't easy reading here. I would encourage you to read the current bill and see if you can understand every sentence of every paragraph without a little research. I have.

    October 6, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Bachman is a loon. Who in the world elected this nut?

    October 6, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Mike Syracuse, NY

    There was an Obama pledge during the election to post ALL bills for at least 24 hours. That lasted about one day. Now there's a pledge for a three day period, which will also be ignored. If people have been trying to do this since Teddy Roosevelt, why can't the public be given enough time to read and absorb this and then communicate with their representatives and make their wiishes known? If the price tag is $1 trillion, it's more inportant to get it right than rush to give Obama something to check off on the next SNL skit.

    October 6, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. John

    It is so obvious that the republicans are doing everything they can to drag their feet on Health care reform and more importantly Public Option.
    I started doing the math as to why insurance co. are fighting this so hard. There are 7,000 employess at my job on avg. they pay $550 a month on ins. (thats incliuding the $300 employer contribution.) that comes out to $3.85 Million a month. The ins. co. spends on avg. $800,000 a month on ins. claims. That equals $3.05 million a month profit. Which rolls into a $36.6 million profit for the year.
    Public Option would generate more han enough money to sustain itself as well as create a huge surplus. It is impossible for it not to. The ins. co. know this. They don't want to share the wealth.

    October 6, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. EDDIE

    What's funny is there are people who listened to her campaign and then voted her in.WOW

    October 6, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. CR

    Why does the news media keep giving this nut case a platform. Just quit reporting on everything that comes out of her mouth.

    October 6, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Pat-Indy

    Bachmann, Jesse, Al Franken. Must be a Minnesota thing

    October 6, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Nashville Brad

    Bachman is a complete freakshow!

    October 6, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. JohnP

    Senators, representatives, republican, democrat, whatever comes out of Minnesota is scary.

    October 6, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Chad

    And Bachmann's health care reform proposal is where? Oh that's right, she doesn't have one...

    October 6, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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