Jan. 3 marked the first day of the 113th Congress, and a new "repeal Obamacare" bill has already been introduced. Minnesota's Michele Bachmann didn't waste any time getting her agenda moving as the House got down to business. According to Bachmann's Twitter page, she introduced the first bill of the session and it is an effort to repeal President Obama's health care reform package in its entirety. Huffington Post shares the details.
According to Huffington Post, efforts to repeal the Obamacare bill have been introduced over 30 times already by House Republicans. Of course it has been shot down every time, particularly because the Senate is controlled by the Democrats and of course they would never support this type of effort. To see that Michele Bachmann pushed ahead to have this type of bill introduced as the first of the new session will probably come as a surprise to few who follow her. Bachmann was just sworn in for her fourth term in the House.
Think Progress points out that many affected by Hurricane Sandy are still desperately waiting for help and aid from a relief package waiting for House approval. Instead of tackling that, Rep. Michele Bachmann decided to make a statement with this repeal Obamacare bill by having it hit the docket as soon as the new House was sworn into office. Of course the Affordable Care Act still has many intense critics, but opposition to the legislation seems to be waning some as different aspects are implemented across the country.
There are certainly many that will praise Bachmann for her repeal Obamacare bill, and will be proud to see she ensured it was the first bill introduced in the new Congress. Others, however, see this as yet another sign as to why the House has such a poor approval rating from many across the country.