Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is suddenly all over the news again. I couldn’t be happier! She gives me so much good material and I do love writing about the kooks.
The year started off with Bachmann on top of the world. She was excited, and the rest of the world was shocked, when her uber-conservative Minnesota district reelected her to her seat in the House of Representatives. Then she was named “Woman of the Year” by World Net Daily. She must have felt golden for a few minutes. Perhaps fueled by these accomplishments, my girl hit the ground running and was determined to be the one to introduce the first bill of the 2013 Congress (being first was important to her, apparently). On January 3, 2013, she took to Twitter to announce that she had introduced a bill titled “To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.” Source: Raw Story
Yes, she’s attempting to repeal Obamacare … again. Because Congress has nothing more urgent to focus on, right?
Of course, the old bill just needed a bit of re-purposing. It’s not as if she had to write a bill from scratch. Obamacare has, after all, been the target of repeal 33 times already ( or more, according to some). Now, before you criticize Bachmann for jumping the gun and saying “me first,” keep in mind that almost no one else is interested in trying again and someone has to be a good soldier and keep up the fight, right?
Unfortunately, the bright beginning of Michel Bachmann’s 2013 was short-lived. Not long after introducing said bill, the press broke the news that she still owes former campaign staff wages and is refusing to pay them. Then, her former staff started to talk, and oh my, the things they had to say. On top of all of that, her treasured spot on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence could be in jeopardy because 178,000 citizens feel she’s “not worthy.” Pretty much the only people who are admitting to still supporting Michele these days are right-wing radio hosts.
But none of that bad Karma is as bad as the fact that her precious bill to repeal Obamacare has attracted no support from her peers. Unfortunately, she appears to be alone in this fight and is having a heck of a time finding a co-sponsor. As in … she can’t find a single one.
The reality that the Tea Party is officially on it’s way to “has-been” status hasn’t yet hit home with the Princess of the Tea Party.
Simply put, Obamacare Repeal has lost it’s appeal. From Think Progress:
In a sign that the GOP’s anti-Obamacare fervor may finally be giving way to political reality, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) latest Obamacare repeal bill doesn’t have a single co-sponsor in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Bachmann made introducing the repeal bill her first order of business for the 113th Congress, even as millions of Americans waited for House Republicans to act on a disaster relief package in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
And two other anti-Obamacare bills — one to repeal the law’s individual insurance mandate and another introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to repeal the whole law — also do not have any co-sponsors. By contrast, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) so-called “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act” had a total of 182 cosponsors by the fourth day of the 112th Congress, and House Republicans successfully voted to repeal Obamacare a staggering 33 times during the last session—costing taxpayers an approximate $50 million.
The Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act. Speaker John Boehner sighed deeply and accepted it (though he later recanted somewhat). Support from the American people for repeal dropped from 46 percent in July to 33 percent in November. Even Arizona’s zealot governor, Jan Brewer, has accepted the reality of Obamacare.
Let’s hope he’s right. And let’s hope Michele Bachmann continues to occupy herself with this nonsense. It keeps her from getting her dirty little hands into anything else.