Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on Fox News yesterday. She’s joined up with several other Republicans to push a bill that would prevent taxpayer funded bailouts of health insurance companies.
Why would they be going under? Let’s let her explain:
Congress should pass the anti-bailout bills currently in Congress to prevent health insurance companies from profiting at the expense of taxpayers, says U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Appearing on Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on Wednesday, Bachmann, R-Minn., said Americans don’t want to see “bailout fever” in Washington.
Bills by Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fl., call for the government not to aid the insurance industry in the event that its profits fall below projections because too few young, healthy people sign up for heath coverage.
Just to bring a little reality to the situation. The health insurance industry wants Obamacare. The health insurance industry is going to make vast profits from Obamacare.
Young people currently make up 25% of enrollees. The industry would like to see 40%. Sane people anticipate that the percentage will rise.
House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) is one of those far right wing politicians who swept into office in the 2010 Tea Party wave. Moderation, cooperation and bipartisanship are anathema to Tea Party Republicans like Daudt. So it’s no surprise he would repeal Obamacare.
Not that he can do much in the State Legislature controlled by the DFL, but, you know, a right wing lunatic can dream, can’t he?
But the MNGOP has done what it can in Minnesota to make sure that our implementation, http://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2013/12/gop-leaders-dayton-representative-spar-over-mnsure-performance-criticisms, wouldn’t go well. Mainly through neglect. They did nothing when they ran the legislature.
When reporters pushed the Republicans on their role in the exchange’s missteps, they demurred. The GOP blocked or ignored exchange legislation during their time in the majority, when Dayton pushed ahead on his own.
“Would I love to repeal this? In a heartbeat,” House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt said, noting that the federal regulatory atmosphere made such a move unlikely.
Dayton called the exchange’s performance “unacceptable” last week. On Monday, his administration was critical of the new GOP attacks.
“No one has ever gotten health care via press conference, so it is unsurprising that today’s round of GOP rhetoric was so unproductive,” Dayton administration Spokesman Matt Swenson said in a press release.
So remember this during the 2014 legislative session when Daudt complains that the DFL majority won’t work with him. Work with him on what exactly? Repealing Obamacare? Preventing the DFL majorities from doing anything? That’s the only compromise he’s interested in.
The logic-defying insanity continues …
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) will not give up her quest to stop Obamacare. Her latest tactic is unique; she’s going to sue President Obama.
You probably recall how Obama promised that we could all keep our health insurance plans under Obamacare. Many are getting canceled because they suck so bad. Either because co-pays are too high or they cover too little. NPR reports that many of these people who are getting their insurance canceled are finding much better plans under Obamacare.
You probably also recall that Obama reversed this by executive order so that Americans can keep their crap plan.
But that won’t stop Bachmann:
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann may be readying a new line of attack on the federal health care overhaul by filing suit against President Barack Obama for his reversal on letting some Americans keep their health coverage.
Politico reported last week that Bachmann, R-Stillwater, is talking with other, unnamed lawmakers about the move. The report was based on Bachmann’s remarks at an event sponsored by the conservative Heritage Foundation.
(St. Cloud Times)
Let me get this straight. Bachmann is going to sue Obama because he tried to appease Republicans like Bachmann who shrieked about Americans losing their insurance. If she wins, then Americans are forced to lose their crap insurance plan … something that Bachmann said was bad? Have I got her logic right?
I think I just gave myself a headache.
Rep. Michele Bachmann’s husband Marcus is, according to Michele, not well. Apparently, he’s got several conditions that need attention. She claims they will be without insurance because of Obamacare.
Republicans made sure that all Representatives and Senators must enroll in Obamacare. So is she concerned that Obamacare will literally kill them or is she just playing politics in her latest cable TV appearance? To what depth is she willing to plunge to score a political points?
Apparently, she’s no longer scared that Obamacare will kill her and Marcus.
“Are you kidding? I’m not going to waste an hour on that thing,” the Minnesota Republican said when Wolf Blitzer asked her on CNN on Thursday if she’d signed up on the exchange website. “I lost my health insurance under Obamacare. And so now I’m forced to go into the D.C. health exchange. I’m waiting until they fix this thing. I’m not going to sit there and frustrate myself for hours and hours.”
It’s all about the inconvenience?
Labels Obamacare creators geniuses
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on Fox News Tuesday to talk about the implementation of Obamacare. She trumpeted it’s failings and failed to mention how Congressional Republicans did all they could to sabotage it and mess up the implementation.
Bachmann, a self-proclaimed constitutional scholar, economist, historian, foreign affairs expert and conspiracy theorist is also an expert on the psychology of young Americans and can predict the future. Wow, is this woman talented.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said ObamaCare was never going to work from the get-go, and dubbed lawmakers who’ve supported it “geniuses.”
“The system was never going to work and these geniuses here in Washington, D.C., who decided ObamaCare was a great deal, they didn’t figure on something called human nature,” Bachmann said on Fox News’ “On the Record” Tuesday night.
During the interview, Bachmann was asked if young Americans were faced with the choice of an iPhone versus health insurance, which would they select.
“You buy the iPhone … are you kidding me? Of course they will,” she replied.
Asked if Bachmann knows anyone who’d buy the insurance instead, she said, “Who in their right mind would buy it? OK well flip a coin. I could pay a $95 penalty or get my iPhone? I’m getting my iPhone because I don’t think they see the reality of paying a penalty anyway if they are ever going to have to do it.”
Young people would rather go to Fort Lauderdale over spring break, buy the iPhone and have Internet access and a frappe at Starbucks, she said.
And if the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, Bachmann is going to be wrong.
During negotiations on reopening the government, Republicans wanted cuts to the Tricare program, which provides health insurance to service members and veterans:
Later that night, in staff-level discussions, the sides began considering a trade. In exchange for further means-testing of Medicare benefits, as well as reform of federal workers’ pensions and Tricare health benefits for veterans, House Republicans would give Democrats $100 billion in sequestration relief over two years and open the government that Monday.
That Huffington Post article is lengthy look at how Democrats handled the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis. There are several interesting insidery bits, and remarkably much of it is on the record. Some things had come out before, like Pres. Obama and Sen. Reid agreeing before the crisis came that they were going to hang tough and not negotiate over keeping the government open and avoiding default. However, at the risk it’s just me that missed it, this is the first report that Republicans wanted to include Tricare cuts. Generally republican support for veterans starts and stops with trying to turn current service members into combat veterans, but even when they’ve felt brave enough to go after entitlements like Social Security and Medicare, they’ve left Tricare alone.
Seems like their willingness to after it should be a bigger story. Especially if Tricare is how you cover your medical bills.
That’s just the bit that stood out in a long article with plenty to interest news junkies and political activists. The core was right at the top, where Obama and Reid had a long heart to heart, having followed separate strategies and cut separate deals with Republicans like a many of us guessed. Reid seems to have been as angry as us in the base over Obama’s caves in the prior crises manufactured by Republicans, and Obama learned from the debacle of 2011, though he hadn’t learned enough — yet. He finally figured out this year that modern Republicans have no interest in governing, no interest in a “grand bargain”, and the search for something they’d like and would agree to was pretty pointless. Reid, for all the criticism of weakness from much of the base (mostly unfair IMHO), did have the opposition figured out much earlier than Obama. This time though, they got on the same page and, when the crisis hit, stuck to the plan:
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has been saved by her Lord, Jesus Christ. This is significant. In the deranged mindset of the evangelical christianists, it means that she can no longer sin.
So slandering Democrats in Congress (and specifically then Sen. Obama) in 2008 as having “Anti-American” views wasn’t a sin. Slandering Clinton aide Huma Abedin and Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN), accusing them of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, couldn’t have been a sin either.
Her utter disregard for the truth (I’ve sometimes referred to it as unrepentant lying) can’t be a sin.
Nor could all of the improprieties several federal agencies are investigating in relation to her presidential campaign.
It’s pretty awesome to be a saved evangelical christianist … because it allows you to throw the first stone (so to speak):
Rep. Michele Bachmann and 31 other U.S. House Republicans signed a letter Thursday calling on President Obama to request Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resign over the technical problems plaguing the federal health care exchange website.
Obama acknowledged the website’s issues earlier this week and appointed an administration official to try fixing them. Republicans have attacked the rollout of the exchange site and a group of conservatives said Thursday that Sebelius should take the fall for the problems.
And doesn’t her concern that the Obamacare roll-out seem so sincere? Especially after all she’s done to help get it up and running smoothly?
Is insincerity a sin? Oh wait. Doesn’t matter with her.