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Why did GOP try repealing ‘Obamacare’ again?

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Rep. Michele Bachmann speaking outside the Supreme Court during the second day of legal arguments over the Affordable Care Act, March 27, 2012.

In statements, Minnesotans Betty McCollum called the bill a “Tea Party charade,” and Keith Ellison said such votes are “wasting he American people’s time.” Even Tim Walz, who traditionally plays the pragmatist, issued a statement bashing “side-show political votes on bills that have no chance of becoming law.”

Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 05/17/2013 - 09:36 am.

    Bachmann’s ad

    Her ad announcing the end of “Obamacare” makes her look like a total idiot. Does she think no one will notice that it isn’t repealed? I got the impression she was excited because it was the first time in her many years in congress that she actually got a bill through except for that dumb bridge bill that needed some sane people to help carry.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 05/17/2013 - 05:14 pm.

      Does she think no one will notice that it isn’t repealed?

      I think that is part of the strategy. Her base is made up of voters who are charitably called “low information.”

      The fact that this was the 37th time this bill “passed,” and the fact that it was “her” bill only because she happened to be the crackpot in charge when the vote was taken are just details distorted by the liberal media.

  2. Submitted by Tim Walker on 05/17/2013 - 09:49 am.

    Why did the GOP try repealing ‘Obamacare’ again?

    Because they have run out of ideas.

    It’s as simple as that.

    Norm Ornstein says that “so few of the GOP’s repeal overtures have come with widely acceptable replacement ideas.”

    Norm, you can be more precise than that: The number of replacement ideas is exactly zero.

    “Medical tort refrom” and “Interstate competition for health-insurance companies” are just vague, vapid talking points, not plans.

  3. Submitted by jody rooney on 05/17/2013 - 12:15 pm.

    Because they needed the press coverage and look

    you gave it too them.


    You don’t report on other symbolic votes why this one?

    This is not news it is theater if you want to report on it put it in the entertainment section and I would guess that most critics would give it the same review.

  4. Submitted by Kenneth Kjer on 05/18/2013 - 11:05 am.


    Whether it is State of Federal, the Republicans are elite egotists with almost complete ignorance of the wishes of their constituents, controlled by very rich contemptible, detestable businessmen, who have only their own interests in mind. The Republican legislators are fearfully gutless and will not go against the wishes of the rich. They have some demented idea that at some point these rich puppeteers who are pulling their strings will allow them into their inner circle. The Republicans have a middle class and poor be damned attitude and that why through out the past decades the republicans have only nominate millionaires run for President. I firmly believe that if we are to solve the problems of this country, we need term limits for all elected officials and drastically limit campaign spending to level that any ordinary person can compete with the rich for elected positions.

  5. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 05/18/2013 - 08:32 pm.

    Dah Devin

    How could anyone know? LOL. Ignore these morons please.

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