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House Republicans Can’t Find Any Co-Sponsors For Their Latest Obamacare Repeal Bills

House Republicans Can’t Find Any Co-Sponsors For Their Latest Obamacare Repeal Bills

By Sy Mukherjee on Jan 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Earlier this month, Tea Party darling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) admitted that his plan to introduce yet another Obamacare repeal bill would be unlikely to pass in the wake of President Obama’s decisive re-election. As it turns out, that was an understatement.

In a sign that the GOP’s anti-Obamacare fervor may finally be giving way to political reality, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) latest Obamacare repeal bill doesn’t have a single co-sponsor in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Bachmann made introducing the repeal bill her first order of business for the 113th Congress, even as millions of Americans waited for House Republicans to act on a disaster relief package in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

And two other anti-Obamacare bills — one to repeal the law’s individual insurance mandate and another introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to repeal the whole law — also do not have any co-sponsors. By contrast, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) so-called “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act” had a total of 182 cosponsors by the fourth day of the 112th Congress, and House Republicans successfully voted to repeal Obamacare a staggering 33 times during the last session — costing taxpayers an approximate $50 million. Public support for repealing the reform law has plunged to an all-time low as Americans begin experiencing its positive effects.

But the latest repeal efforts’ lack of co-sponsors should by no means be taken as a sign that Republicans will embrace health reform altogether. House Republicans can still try to obstruct Obamacare’s implementation by putting the law’s funding mechanisms on the chopping block and attempting to repeal measures such as the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). In fact, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) recently advocated for doing exactly that in an editorial for his hometown paper, and former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) went as far as to suggest “civil disobedience” and breaking the law in order to stymie Obamacare.

Still, the full Obamacare repeal effort’s newfound loneliness in the House is a powerful demonstration of the difference an election can make.

by Anonymousreply 901/25/2013

C'mon you fucking bitches. Nominate that lunatic Bachmann and the equally crazy Ricky Santorum for the Republican ticket in 2016. Go ahead, the world dares you.

by Anonymousreply 101/15/2013

It's about time. Let that fucking idea die.

It's bad enough ObamaCare took a hit in the Fiscal Cliff deal, dammit.

by Anonymousreply 201/15/2013

Ha! Glad to see it blow up in their faces. Michelle Bachmann can't even bother to pay her staff but she has plenty of time to engage in pointless stunts like this. Obamacare is the law of the land. End of story.

by Anonymousreply 301/15/2013

If only jumping off steep cliffs became stylish among the wealthy and their republican vanguard.

by Anonymousreply 401/15/2013

[quote]Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) latest Obamacare repeal bill doesn’t have a single co-sponsor in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

I love it!

by Anonymousreply 501/15/2013

It's because the rest of the Republicans are either afraid or in awe of Bachmann's brilliant political mind!

by Anonymousreply 601/16/2013

I'm wondering if it's because Bachmann has lost ground within her own party.

We may not think much of her, but there was a time when she was a bigger political force than she is now.

1. She was once considered a candidate to run for U.S. Senate against Amy Klobuchar or Al Franken - those plans are largely shot to hell now.

2. She finished 5th in Iowa in the Republican primaries last year and was completely humiliated in her run for President

3. She almost lost her own seat in the House of Representatives in November

4. Sen. John McCain reprimanded her on the floor of the Senate last Summer for implying Hillary Clinton's assistant was part of a Muslim conspiracy

by Anonymousreply 701/16/2013

Pleaes oh please can these asshats just crater adn collapse and disappear?

Ugh.

by Anonymousreply 801/25/2013

Surprised they can't find at least one section of ObamaCare to repeal, it has 3,000.

by Anonymousreply 901/25/2013
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