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. Jethro

    Boy, u demwitocrats are such a nice bunch. Ya'll are the Party of HATE, just read this board.

    October 6, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Steph

    Bachman is the one who should be embarrassed. She is out and out nuts.

    October 6, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    A quick review:
    Minnesota electing Bachmann...Bad???
    Minnesota electing Franken. Good???

    How about if we just let Minnesota figure it out!

    October 6, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Lee W. in Raleigh, NC

    Michelle Bachman is correct when she says that she and her like do not have the time to read the bill. Michelle Bachman, whose conceptual ability is persistently on display to the world, obviously needs at least six months to read a bill of this length. Of course, even with that amount of time, she won't begin to understand how any reform in health care is needed in this country. But it's not as if the likes of Michelle Bachman care about anything except defeating the Democrats.

    October 6, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Moron

    Like you can read, idiot.

    You GOPswouldn't pass it no matter what it said. This is yet another one of your thousands of excuses.

    you could try going to the website and downloading it like the rest of us. you could also try buying your own health care along with the rest of us if you're so self-righteous about "socialism."

    October 6, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Robin in Tampa, FL

    Does Bachmann think we are all stupid? You can read what each committee has worked on right now by going to their websites, furthermore finance committee's healthcare debate was broadcast LIVE on CSPAN for 2 weeks (from 9:00am to sometimes well past midnight), it's now archived so you can watch that too. So the argument that people need more time to read the bill is utterly lame. People have had ample time to read-up ... they are just too lazy to do so.

    October 6, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. TJ

    If you think for a second she cares if the american public has a chance to read the bill (they won't anyhow) you are crazy. This is all about political positioning. This lady is insane. Oh and calling dems kool aid drinkers ... lol ... thats funny

    October 6, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. LA

    The Republicans are not going to vote for this bill, so why delay the vote?

    They all have insurance and don't care about anybody else.

    Did you ever notice the big mouth pieces against helath care reform are Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck. All are multi millionares with the best health care money can buy. Yet, many of thier followers are living pay check to pay chcek and have no insurance. How ironic!

    October 6, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Don in Albuquerque

    Thats ok Missy Bachman, after the bill passes you can get one of the orderlies at the Home For the Hopelessly Bewildered to read it to you. This lady is proof that there needs to be some sort of mental ability testing for anyone wanting to enter public office.

    October 6, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Dennis

    So many of the responses here opposing Michelle Bachman and the republicans are just mean spirited and ugly. This is why liberals on the far left get a bad name just as the conservatives on the far right do the same thing. People, having more time to read and understand this bill is smart. I would agree that many Democrats are nervous about passing a bill this year because they know it could be a death sentence for there upcoming campaigns.

    October 6, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. John M, NoHo

    Palin / Bachman 2012! Just for the sheer entertainment alone.

    October 6, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. sagin

    The mere look into the eyes of this lady scares the creep out of me! Look close and you will see what I mean; especially when she is angry which is most of the time...LOL!

    October 6, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. luis, Atlanta

    Can someone Please put this person in The Best Mental Health Institute...........Pronto

    October 6, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Peejay

    I'm embarrassed that this surviving brain donor represents any voters in our country.

    October 6, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Roy

    She is right on....these clown Democrats dont even know whats in their bill, they are an embarasment just like the head clown Obama.

    October 6, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Minnesotan

    No, Ms. Bachmann, YOU are the embarrassment... to our state, our nation, and every sane American, conservative or liberal. Please return to whatever planet you came from.

    October 6, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Voted4HealthCare

    Rep. Bachmann is sadly the embarassment with her tranparent delay and obstructive nonsense while Americans needlessly suffer without health care.

    The bill has long been posted on-line for reading, even with an audio version. There is simply no confidence in Bachmann and her Party of No to be honest about it.

    My xGOP will shamelessly stop at nothing to maintain an unacceptable status quo for their greedy corporate interests. The majority of Americans need and support these health-care reforms with a public option.

    October 6, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Tulsa

    lol... I just get creeped out by this witch.

    October 6, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. A return to economic slavery, or how the rich own you

    Americans all, hear this and know

    You have knelt to oil (the illegal war in iraq)

    You have knelt to the landowners...... (Housng market bubble bursts and everyone gets paid but you)


    you WILL kneel to the Insurance Industry

    you WILL kneel to the insurance money machine

    Public option is as un-American as Free-ing slaves.

    You WILL pay into our coffers.

    October 6, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. Frozone

    Are there any Republicans with the onions to stand up to the rightwing fringe of their party? If not, the Palins and Bachmanns will destroy the GOP while the rest of us cheer.

    October 6, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Tellitlikeitis

    You goose stepping Democrats never cease to amaze me. You criticize the Republicans for not coming up with an option for health care (you would never know if they had one, CNN and the like would never publicize it) and meanwhile the Dems once again try to cram a bill down the publics throat without giving anyone time to actually read the bill. But rather than focus on that issue, you people just continue to point the finger and keep your blinders on. I am all for a public option as well but it needs to be a responsible bill, not one simply to give Father Obama a victory in Congress. Oh yea, according to the current administration they estimate that within 3 years of the bill passing most employers will cease to offer health insurance. Guess we all get stuck with the government run health care except the rich, thanks DEMOCRATS!

    October 6, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Lynda

    3 days is enough.......enough already....... OK you Republicans wouldn't pass a Health Care Plan unless it was YOUR LIVES that depended on it.......but since it is the lives of so many less fortunate americans you could care less........you don't want this to pass under President Obama because you Republicans had 8 years to try and do something and you did NOTHING.........so stop the road blocks and shut up this kind of action on your part is only driving the voting people of this country further away from your Party.......

    October 6, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. LouAz

    Too bad that Ms. Bachman and all the other Flat Earth Repubs are such slow readers. I'm sure the AMA, Pharmas, and especially the Med Insurance monopolies will take their time and explain everything they want her to know.

    It is really pointless to discuss whether the Repubs have the time to read any legislation. If it comes from the Dems, they just vote NO. It does not make any difference abouit what the bill actually says.

    October 6, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. walleye

    After Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 Americans, on Sept 11, we went to war and spent hundreds of billions of dollars ensuring that this would not happen again. Yet every two months, that many people die because of our failure to provide universal insurance — and yet many members of Congress want us to do nothing?

    October 6, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This is NOT about giving the President a win. As far as I can see the President is committing politcal suicide with this. Every other Presiden that attempted healthcare reform dropped it like hot potatoe. Too much pressure from BOTH political Parties, the pharmaceutical and insurance companies. This is the type of issue that can destroy a President's chances at re-election. So no it's not about the President Bachmann, it is about the people of this country. RethugliKlans have done nothing but LIE, MISINFORM, and OBSTRUCT the passage of this reform. They are more concerned about their pockets and $$$contributions than what the country needs. They've been nothing but an obstacle to the country, with not one IOTA of a positive contribution towards the passage of this reform. Keep the drama, and the sermon for someone who hasn't seen the GOP sink to an all time low when it comes to civic responsibility towards this country.

    October 6, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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