Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) is calling for ‘insurrection’ against House Republican leadership if a straight vote, up or down to repeal ObamaCare in it’s entirety, is not put on the floor. Bachmann says “a full scale repudiation and rejection of the federal government takeover of private industry” is needed, and members of Congress will stand with her, and stand with the people, if a full repeal vote, tied to nothing else, isn’t offered to members.
In an interview with CNS News, Bachmann warned against trying to “tie this repeal to other policy initiatives, including any effort to “replace” elements of Obamacare with new federal health-care reforms.”
A spokesman for House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R.-Va.), who will be the House majority leader in the next Congress, told CNSNews.com in response to Bachmann’s statement that Cantor agrees with Bachmann and is committed to the vote she wants.
A spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner (R.-Ohio), who will be the speaker of the House in the next Congress, answered more ambiguously, saying that Boehner was committed to holding a vote to repeal Obamacare, but not directly stating whether that vote would tie the repeal of Obamcare to other issues such as health-care reforms intended to “replace” Obamacare.
In A Pledge to America Republicans promised to “repeal and replace.” Bachmann says she believe Cantor and Boehner, but if there is a problem, it will be due to the “repeal and place:
“We will repeal President Obama’s government takeover of health care and replace it with common-sense reforms focused on strengthening the doctor-patient relationship,” said the pledge.
“We will make it illegal for an insurance company to deny coverage to someone with prior coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, eliminate annual and lifetime spending caps, and prevent insurers from dropping your coverage just because you get sick,” the pledge added.
Bachmann told CNS News that trying to force insurance companies to take people with pre-existing conditions, eliminating caps on benefits and covering children until they are 26 amounts to “federal government intrusions.” Uh huh. More than a little bit.
Cantor’s office says Bachmann’s position is the same as Cantors:
“To reiterate, there is no ‘tying’ a repeal bill to anything,” Whtitemore said in an email. “Very soon after Republicans become the majority, there will be a straight up or down vote on full repeal of ObamaCare, period. Eric led the effort against ObamaCare during its consideration in the House and has said nothing but full repeal since.
The danger of this irresponsible legislation, and the Obama administration understand this, is putting the impossible out there, and people demand that it be made possible. The only way to do that is force people on both sides of the issue to ‘buy’ and ‘provide.’ It’s not simple. Few have a clue how negatively it will affect them and their families when the dust settles.
I know many people with pre-existing conditions need coverage. I also know financially, it’s a ‘can’t go there.’ And keeping children on policies until 26 years old is going far too far. Much of this we can fix by buying insurance across state lines. Let’s start there and see where it gets us and let Michele Bachmann drive the train down the track to Insurrection, Washington, D.C. if necessary. Time to get pushy.