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. Mike in MN

    Thank you Michelle Bachman. Keep fighting for the people and common sense, almost none of the Democrats will.
    Three days is not enough, but better than none like we got on the stimulus and cap and trade and Tarp.
    I've seen 2 polls where between 60 and 70% of voters think the time should really be 2 weeks for the bills to be posted before there is a vote.
    Pelosi and Democrats out of touch with voters.
    Voters have changed since Obama was elected. Millions more now want to read the bills after the Tarp and stimulus bills were passed without even many in congress reading them. Voters have learned not to trust congress or Obama. They want to read the bills for themselves and have a chance to let their congress people know what they think.

    October 6, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. RR in AZ

    This woman is CRAZY!

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

    Sarah Palin is NOT the dumbest politician in America today. Michelle Bachman is. And wouldn't you figure, Palin quotes Bachman all the time...

    Bachman is such an idiot. How she ever got elected is beyond me. And how she ever managed it in Minnesota, a blue state is a mystery. I guess her district must be populated with dimwits..

    October 6, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Ron

    Who would take anything Michelle Bachman says seriously?

    October 6, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Tom L

    Once again Democrats will have their focus in the wrong place.

    Why are you hurling insults at Michelle Bachman? What did she do?

    Is she out of line for her request? Shouldn't Pelosi post the final bill for 72 hours? Is that too much to ask?

    Democrats...always blaming someone else for their own inefficiencies. Oh, by the way, I know you are aware of this but it must be repeated...even if every Republican voted against the bill that would not stop it from being passed.

    Grow up Democrats and take some personal responsibility.

    October 6, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Jim

    Why does the right wing keep making an issue of reading the bills and how many pages they are? We just had a President who insisted on having one page summaries of the most complex issues and look where that got us.

    If they want to read the bills then its about time they started reading them. They've had 6 months to read everything and years before that to talk about it. What comes out in the final bill will not contain anything that isn't in the bills that came out of the committees.

    October 6, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. TRA

    If Republicans pretended that the legislation would have impact on their health care I would bet three days would be more than enough to review it. Now do you see why they are so threatened by Obama trying to do so much. "Hey being a member of Congress was supposed to be fun not work!"

    October 6, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Full of Questions

    If you say "my insurance is good" or "I like my insurance plan just fine" you are merely playing a waiting game that you should have realized you will lose. Rates will continue to go up while coverage decreases. Skyrocketing rates coupled with rising co-pays while at the same time the actual amount of coverage decreases means you will eventually be sacrificed for the corporate bottom line. Or you will be dropped if you have the audacity to get sick and try to have the health insurance corporation pay for your illness.

    October 6, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. shmeckel

    Three months is a little (or a lot) extreme, but how ignorant are these liberals. The woman asks for some time for the tax payers (that’s you dummy) to review a trillion dollar bill and people call her an idiot. Maybe those people should concentrate on the term "trillion", I don’t think they comprehend size of the term.

    October 6, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    SHE'S BACH!!!!!! And she is telling us that the REPUBLI-CAN'Ts did not have enough time to READ the BILL??

    SHE QUOTES: "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."

    DUH!!! What does REFORM mean??? If BUSH passed a health care reform bill, would it have been a WIN for BUSH? Clinton? Health Care shouldn't be about President Obama?? It should be about the COUNTRY? The 47,000,000 without insurance??? Ahh, Duh!!!!

    Yes, she's BACH!!!! And took STUPID pills right before she surfaced!!!

    October 6, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. no need to know

    Tell Michelle Bachmann she is too stupid for anyone to give her time for anything doesn't she even understand that. She is an IDIOT!!!!!!

    October 6, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. JDD

    Lots of attacks on the Representative's character.

    Three days, of course, doesn't really mean one can study the bill for three straight days. It means one has three days to study the bill as much as one can. When I was in college, I'd say I could handle about 14 hours straight of study – tops – and those last few hours were not at "peak efficiency"...

    Say that a citizen – you – wanted to really study this bill in order to form a reasonable judgement. Non-partisan, intelligent, jusgement. In reality, we're talking about maybe a good 10 hours of study, then break, then another 10 hours of study.

    20 hours of study, for a piece of legislation which overhauls the healthcare of the United States, at a Federal level. Still sound like a reasonable time frame?

    October 6, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Mike

    Whatever. This doesn't matter. In 2009, all it takes is for a document to be online for a few minutes and people can download it, copy/paste it or otherwise save it on their own computers.

    Whether in pdf, pure text, or even some protected, undownloadable format, 3 days is PLENTY of time for enough copies to be created to recirculate the bill indefinitely after its taken down.

    October 6, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Dewey from Minnesota

    As A Minnesota voter I am embarrassed about Michelle Bachman. I can proudly and honestly say I did not vote for her but it embarrasses me to think that some of my fellow Minnesotans actually did. She constantly keeps Minnesota in the news in a bad way. She is about as big of a right winged nut job as you can be without being locked up in an institution. She should be removed from her position as congresswoman.

    October 6, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. New Age Democrat

    I am in complete agreement with Bachmann on this issue. It makes absolutely no sense to commit to a TRILLION dollar path and make a decision on a bill for in three days. I spent longer to decide on buying my home than these people want to spend TRILLIONS!

    This Health Care bill may very well be the answer that millions are looking for; Or perhaps it's a complete disaster. Don't we owe it to ourselves to really know what it contains? Is the Bill so badly written that it cannot withstand scrutiny? Or is power and greed your only motivation?

    October 6, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Citizen of Littlesville

    Ms. Pelosi is a woman of her words; remember when her and her best neighbor Mr. Reid were going to get the troops out of Iraq once the Hypocrats took leadershio of Congress?

    October 6, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. John in WV

    This stupity deserves no comment.

    October 6, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. Marie Laveaux

    Perhaps we should have a little pity on Ms. Bachman as it seems quite obvious that the poor woman has literacy problems.

    October 6, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. LA in WYO

    This woman is such a psycho. She'd be the last place I'd go for advice or relevant information. Duct tape has many purposes and I'd like to be the one to place it over her mouth.

    October 6, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. Jonathan Burton

    It is not congress' fault that you and your staff can't pull together and read this bill Mrs. Bachmann. Maybe if you had been paying attention to the bill from the start, then it would be easier to grasp.
    I don't know about anybody else, but if my representative procrastinated something this big, I'd be ashamed of them, and looking for someone more astute and intellectual to represent me!

    October 6, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. Otto

    The Republicans have not spent one day looking or discussing any plans. Their only talk is to stop any and all plans put forward. They want to drag out for as long as possible so that it will fail.

    The Republicans had eight years and during that time; no one came forward with a plan that would be of benefit to the working class.

    Bachman, you are evil and should not be representing people; your only goal is to be re-elected but that may not happen. We will hold all politicains accountable for their deeds or mis-deeds.

    October 6, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Melissa

    Bachman, considering the number of times you've been caught in outright lies, you need to shut your trap.

    October 6, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. Scott, Tucson

    If this health care bill is so great as Obama and Pelsoi would like us to believe, than a waiting period for all to read this bill thoroughly should not be a problem. That is unless they're trying to hide something within the bill, like for example the taxing or jailing of those who refuse to sign up for health care.

    October 6, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. Kentucky

    No, they are not, but the GOP should be embarrassed by er looney comments

    October 6, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. 'RUB' THE CLOWN

    And let me tell you, she knows a thing or two about EMBARRASSMENT!

    Republican legislators – stall – take money from insurance (REPEAT)
    Republican legislators – stall – take money from insurance (REPEAT)
    Republican legislators – stall – take money from insurance (REPEAT)
    Republican legislators – stall – take money from insurance (REPEAT)
    Republican legislators – stall – take money from insurance (REPEAT)

    I'm getting sick just thinking about it

    October 6, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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