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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

House Republicans have voted to move forward on their 37th repeal of Obamacare and it probably won’t be their last, though they have no plan to actually replace the law.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), a co-sponsor of the bill to repeal the historic reforms, has a new theory about how the Affordable Care Act will be defeated, though she spent much of her 2012 presidential campaign saying the upcoming election would be the GOP’s last chance to kill the bill.

“The issue is now revived,” she said at a press conference Thursday. “We believe that the heat will become so hot that even the president of the United States will be forced to repudiate his signature legislation.”

She apparently said this in all seriousness.

Bachmann is tying the law to the IRS scandal where agents targeted Tea Party groups. And she’s suggesting that the government may use a federal healthcare database to embarrass opponents.

“It’s crucial that we ask these questions now,” Bachmann said. “Today, this question is highly relevant.”

The goal of this 37th repeal is to give freshman Republican congressmen a chance to lose their repealing Obamacare virginity. This will, it seems, give them something to brag about in lieu of any actual accomplishments.

Businessweek‘s Joshua Green points out that though Democrats make a big deal of all the time and money spent of the GOP’s constant repeals, they’re actually excellent for the image of Democrats:

Republicans who support a ‘Gang of Eight’-style reform bill do so primarily because they believe they must to win Latino voters and have a fighting shot in the next presidential election—exit polls showed that Obama won this group, 71 percent to 27 percent, last November. Republican opponents of a broad, amnesty-style reform argue that legalizing undocumented immigrants will do little to win their support (and may hurt the party with the blue-collar males it relies on).

Obamacare is a prime illustration of why they might be right. Latinos support the law at a higher rate than any other group. This Fox News poll from last fall found that 62 percent approved the president’s handling of health care. This Latino Decisions poll found that 66 percent think the government should ensure access to health care and 61 percent want to keep Obamacare in place. According to the government, about one-third of Latinos under 65 lack health insurance, many of them needy. Latinos are also far more likely than non-Latinos (39 percent to 26 percent) to agree that the government should do more to improve living standards for the poor.

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  • Lynda Groom

    Gee what a surprise. Of course they are trying this charade again and they’ve absolutely nothing as a replacement. More time and money wasted by the group that can’t shoot straight. Voting NO is so much easier than actually rolling up sleeves and working on solutions to the real problems facing the nation. It must hard on them having so little to do in their well paid part time jobs. Too bad they have no idea of the issues facing everyday Americans. Protecting their corporate ownership is the only thing on their plate of importance. Too bad the voters keep sending these clowns into office over and over again.

    • Sand_Cat

      Well said.

    • plc97477

      I am hoping we have seen the end of sending of clowns. Each time the repugs waste time and money less and less voters are willing to publicly say they are repugs.

      • BDC_57

        Seems to me ther are more important things to worry about then Obama care.

    • ralphkr

      But, Lynda, the Republicans definitely do not want a replacement plan as that may hurt their owners. They would be extremely pleased to return to the good old days when their owner (insurance companies) were allowed unlimited profits and could deny coverage to anyone they thought might get sick as well as cancelling coverage as soon as a policy holder would need future expensive treatment.

      About 6 decades ago I worked in a city when they had their group health insurance plan (major insurance company) cancelled because the son of a city police captain needed surgery that would require that a surgeon be brought over from France.

    • cats33

      All of the dems want to be exempt from Ocare. Why do you think that is??

  • FredAppell

    Why are they so against a plan that was written up by their own Heritage Foundation?
    There may have been a tweak here and there but essentially it is the same plan. If people are convinced that they’re going to hate it than they probably will even if there are some really good things about it. I find it funny how some doctors and nurses are
    extremely critical of it while others are looking forward to it’s implementation. Suffice to
    say, the medical community is divided over this as well. I for one am looking forward
    to being able to have insurance for the first time in many years.

    • plc97477

      Because Obama (an african-american) signed it into law.

      • BDC_57

        Yeah you are right out after the black guy.

        • cats33


          • BDC_57

            Hello Lana still I see your are still stupid as ever.

      • FredAppell

        You and I know that’s a big part of it, their too cowardly to admit it though.

        • cats33


          • FredAppell

            Hey troll! Why don’t you start showing some evidence for all your
            delusional assertions. Your a coward with no conviction.

      • cats33

        All of the dems want to be exempt from Ocare but they want the rest of us to have it. WHY is that??

        • WhutHeSaid

          You won’t have to worry about Obamacare where you are going. The law doesn’t cover the citizens of Hell, and Satan isn’t likely to start an exchange.

          • BDC_57

            Yeah it won’t need it down there

        • Independent1

          I guess that’s why it’s only the RED STATES that have refused to implement the ACA as it was intended. Yup! the liberals are just wanting to be exempted from ACA – that’s why most BLUE STATES have already implemented the healthcare exchanges called for by ACA. You just keep proving how big a nutcase you are!!! Get a life!!!!!

          • BDC_57

            Remember that is Lana the dummy.

        • BDC_57

          Lana I see you are still spreading your hate and lies.

  • Budjob

    ALLrepublicans are stupid,ignorant,treasonous ,no good bastards!That is as nice a comment that I will ever make about a (gag,puke) republican!!!

    • Amen!

    • plc97477

      And unfortunately that is better than most people will say.

  • docb

    The hysterical mania of the rabid repubs is good for the Nation to see..How much the repubs want NOT to help people to repeatedly fail in obstructing this President.. How many lies and distortions they would conjure , how big a childish spectacle they would make of themselves in their selfish quest?

    The repubs spent $60 million in tax payers dollars to vote 37 times…the CBO tells them that they will not score the proposed 38th rewrite and still they conduct their carney side show while cutting sustenance food aid to 2 million children and the elderly!

    Ignorant republican bagger fools…

  • old_blu

    Well at least the lazy SOB’s can say they did something they repealed the same bill 37 times. Stupid jack asses. *rolls eyes* And they picked the most stupid one to talk for them. Keep it up you guy’s are regurgitating the same old crap over and over, doesn’t make you look good.

    • neeceoooo

      You’re right, if the person they pick to be the mouthpiece for this bill is any example of how serious they want us to take it, then that is how much credibility this has.

    • cats33

      The dems all want to be exempt from Ocare but they want the rest of us to have it. WHY is that???

  • midway54

    Bachmann’s lunacy will be even stronger and outrageous should the Obamacare program actually be repealed, and the millions who had been previously unable even to obtain insurance because of preexisting medical conditions and then were able to obtain it under Obamacare would then revert upon repeal to their former inability to purchase coverage. This of course is true of her fellow rightwing servants of the Plutocracy. All of the millions of misguided dupes will of course join in the cheering with these servants whom they voted into office.

  • Allan Richardson

    Sounds like Michell is the “wacko di tutti wacki” to coin a Godfatherism.

    • mah101

      Oh, I don’t know. There are so many to pick from…

      Be careful of casting aspersions on anyone’s asparagus.

  • JDavidS

    What did the poor people of Minnesota ever do to deserve Bachmann… not the GOP and Tea Clowns- the other poor bastards (the sane ones). She is definitely a brick light of a full load.

    • plc97477

      They voted for her.

      • JDavidS

        Reread the post…

    • MN like WI probably had a boatload of the Koch Bros people “Americans for Prosperity” brought in from other states to the turn the state red. Since they are a 501 corporation, the Koch Bros are doing it tax free. IRS should revoke the tax exempt status of these corporations because they do not qualify for tax free status because they are political.

  • Bachman needs to get laid. Twice!

    • Yeah-and we all know she won’t get that from her “husband” (my gaydar surges every time I see or hear about him…)

      • cats33

        Racist, sexist

    • cats33

      Racist sexist!!

  • howa4x

    Republicans are lucky that the tea party members have lower much intelligence than the rest of the population. This is why they can get them to rally against the interests of their own children. You don’t have to be smart to vote against yourself. The ACA does a lot of good things to bend the cost curve in illness intervention. What republicans don’t say publically is that 62% of all bankruptcies are caused by medical bills. This is a system that begs for reform. So instead of offering anything that can help anyone, all they can do is lie about what is in the law. Right now states are reaping a benefit by accepting the Medicaid reimbursement formula that raises the criteria to capture more of the uninsured. The Fed is wiling to pay 100% of cost for the 1st 3 years and 95% after. Does Michelle Bachmann even understand that? Even red states are taking this deal. The republicans were in power for with a presidency and both houses of congress for 4 years. Instead of fixing our medical mess, they choose to ignore the 34 million uninsured, and start 2 unfunded wars instead. They have no plan to deal with healthcare, only lies

  • Sand_Cat

    I like the fear that Dems will use medical records to embarrass opponents: it’s really comical to see how terrified Republicans are that someone else will treat them the way they treat their opponents!