Rep. Michele (R-Minn.), former GOP presidential candidate, has introduced the first bill of the 113th Congress to repeal Obamacare. She introduced the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act which many states are already implementing at 12:00 PM Thursday.
According to Salon, Bachmann announced her action on Twitter with the message:
At noon today, I introduced the first bill of the 113th Congress to repeal Obamacare in its entirety.
— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) January 3, 2013
Many Americans have reacted, saying the move "seems familiar." The Inquistr comments:
"If the repeal Obamacare bill seems familiar, that’s because it is. The 112th Congress tried 33 times to repeal the landmark legislation crafted by Obama and passed by Congress, and every time the bills were shot down in the Democrat-controlled Senate."Think Progress reports that Bachman's moves comes a few days after the 112th Congress closed with strong criticisms of its failure to complete work on a relief package for victims of Hurricane Sandy and the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Think Progress considers it an irony that while such issues remain outstanding, Bachmann's priority would be Obamacare.
Many liberal websites commenting think Bachmann's action reveals an unhealthy obsessive pre-occupation with the Affordable Care Act at the expense of more pressing issues.
According to CBS News, in July, the 33 unsuccessful attempts by House Republicans to repeal the law cost more than 80 hours of time in Congress and about $48 million. Think Progress notes that in the process, the Congress failed to pass a single piece of job creation legislation.
Think Progress comments further on what it considers the folly of Bachmann's action:
"Dozens of Republicans, including 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, ran against Obamacare, yet the party suffered losses every step along the way. The Supreme Court upheld the law, House repeal efforts went nowhere... Obama has pledged to veto any effort to rescind the measure. Even newly reelected Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was compelled to admit in November that Obamacare is now the law of the land..."The Huffington Post comments that while Bachmann remains preoccupied with Obamacare, many GOP lawmakers, governors and other opponents of the law appear to have softened their hardline stance. The website reports that a survey taken after Obama's November reelection found that only a third of Americans favored repealing Obamacare, a record low.