Michele Bachmann finds little love for health care repeal
Bachmann's repeal effort has a long way to go.
Michele Bachmann is going to kill health care reform if it's the last thing she does.
And it may well be the last thing she does, because it may take forever. Her congressional colleagues are not exactly beating a path to sign on to her bill seeking the law's repeal.
Which is surprising, because she's the one, true and authentic voice of real Americans on this issue, is she not?
"It's no secret, President Obama and Democrat leaders have ignored the will of the people and have chosen to ram through their trillion-dollar health care bill despite the American people's overwhelming objection to it," she trumpeted on March 22. "I'm asking my colleagues to join me in repealing this monstrosity of a bill."
Should be a no-brainer. But it's not.
About a month after she introduced the single-page piece of legislation, just 52 House Republicans and one Democrat have joined her as of this writing -- none of them from Minnesota.
That's 52 Republicans out of 177 in the House. And that Democrat, Parker Griffith of Alabama, is one of 254, and isn't exactly dividing his party on the issue.
It turns out, in fact, there are things in the health care overhaul that people, well, really do like.
Iowa Rep. Steve King, who has sponsored a similar bill supported by just a handful more Republicans, explained it this way to the Washington Post: "You ask Republicans to support 100 percent full repeal, but there are a number of them that aren't committed to full repeal. They have an equivocation that they would leave a piece there, a piece there, a piece there.
If Republicans cannot unanimously come together and support 100 percent repeal of Obamacare and then start to rebuild, then we will not win this victory, because we'll be divided by the Democrats and fighting on Obama's turf."
And maybe defeated by the voices of actual Americans, too?
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