Michele Bachmann introduces legislation to repeal Affordable Care Act for the 34th time

Thirty-fourth time’s a charm?


Republicans have been trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act since it was passed. The last time was in July 2012. That was the 33rd attempt.

Today, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann tweeted this:

After the July vote, CBS News calculated that upwards of 89 hours had been spent tilting at this ridiculous windmill to the tune of something in the area of $50 million.

But, as she has told us time and time again, Bachmann hates her some “Obommakeer”. So, Ms. Fiscal Responsibility is ready spend even more taxpayer money to accomplish absolutely nothing yet again. I’d say she should check with Speaker Boehner on this effort since he has already declared the Affordable Care Act “The Law of the Land” but, heh, heh, it’s not like what he thinks or says about anything that happens in the House matters, right? Heh.

By the way, here are some of the things in the Affordable Care Act that kick in this year (from Healthcare.gov):

  • Improving Preventive Health Coverage. To expand the number of Americans receiving preventive care, the law provides new funding to state Medicaid programs that choose to cover preventive services for patients at little or no cost. Effective January 1, 2013.
  • Expanding Authority to Bundle Payments. The law establishes a national pilot program to encourage hospitals, doctors, and other providers to work together to improve the coordination and quality of patient care. Under payment “bundling,” hospitals, doctors, and providers are paid a flat rate for an episode of care rather than the current fragmented system where each service or test or bundles of items or services are billed separately to Medicare. For example, instead of a surgical procedure generating multiple claims from multiple providers, the entire team is compensated with a “bundled” payment that provides incentives to deliver health care services more efficiently while maintaining or improving quality of care. It aligns the incentives of those delivering care, and savings are shared between providers and the Medicare program. Effective no later than January 1, 2013.
  • Increasing Medicaid Payments for Primary Care Doctors. As Medicaid programs and providers prepare to cover more patients in 2014, the Act requires states to pay primary care physicians no less than 100% of Medicare payment rates in 2013 and 2014 for primary care services. The increase is fully funded by the federal government. Effective January 1, 2013.
  • Providing Additional Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Under the law, states will receive two more years of funding to continue coverage for children not eligible for Medicaid. Effective October 1, 2013.

You have to wonder how a woman who is so cavalier about wasting taxpayer money gets elected every term but, then again, when her constituents are electing someone as stupid as she is, well, I suppose you have your answer. For those of you in Bachmann’s district who don’t support her, please accept my condolences. As a constituent of Tim “The Original Tea Partier” Walberg, I feel your pain.

Acutely.

[Facepalm CC image credit: Alex Proimos | Flickr]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1180540351 Brenden Scott Ellingboe

    Baaaaa, I’m in her district. She won by only 5000 votes. My borther admitting to voting for her on accident. It was his first election.

    • la58

      I hope he learned from his mistake! Back when Minnesota Independent was still on line, I would cleck on it just to see what the locals had to say about what Michele Bachmann was doing. Got a lot of laughs from the comments. God what a fuck up person.

  • http://twitter.com/tohu777 Greg L

    Congresswoman Bachmann==a wingnut on the [perennial] come-up…Can’t blame her for trying to win her little bit of fame; but at this point it’s like she’s vanity-publishing her bills LOLOL

    • Churchlady320

      Nicely said! Have to remember that – vanity publishing her bills. VERY good!

  • indycatur

    Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result ;-)

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  • Scott Urbanowski

    Having been a constituent of Justin Amash for four years (two in the US House, two in the State House), my sympathies to Walberg’s and Bachmann;’s constituents. (I don’t think Huizenga is much better, but who knows…)

  • Churchlady320

    Ralph Waldo Emerson would be whomperjawed – Michelle is the living example of his observation “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

  • DerfelDog

    It is time for Michelle Bachmann to be recalled/impeached. She is an embarrassment to her constituents.

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