The 113th U.S. Congress were just sworn-in yesterday, and already House Republicans are reiterating their feelings about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as "Obamacare."
Republican Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann has introduced a bill that would repeal Obamacare "in its entirety." She also notes that her bill, currently known as H.R. 45, is the first bill introduced in the 113th Congress. Though the text of the legislation hasn't yet been released by the Government Printing Office, the bill's title - "To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" - is fairly self-explanatory.
The bill could be seen as Bachmann and other conservative Republicans' attempt to re-frame themselves as populist Republicans after some in their party compromised with Democrats for new higher taxes during the recent "fiscal cliff" showdown. However, bills to repeal the health care reform bill have popped up repeatedly since the legislation passed in 2010 and none of them have even come close to passing a full house vote. It's more likely that this is another seasonal jab at the president for the benefit of constituents in Bachmann's and other conservative congressional districts.
Bachmann was proud enough of her bill that she tweeted her about it:
At noon today, I introduced the first bill of the 113th Congress to repeal Obamacare in its entirety.
Of course, Twitter isn't the most friendly environment for politics, and especially politicians. The responses to Bachmann's announcement were full of sharp, to-the-point criticism:
@MicheleBachmann Please explain to the taxpayers why you aren't wasting their time and $$, as this bill would never pass or be signed.
.@MicheleBachmann Good to know you'll continue to occupy your time trying to prevent me from insuring my children.
@MicheleBachmann Which makes you the biggest moron in the history of Congress. Seriously.
.@MicheleBachmann Enjoy Hell, minion of Satan.
@MicheleBachmann guess it is just like the last congress, wasting time on symbolic bills that go nowhere. No wonder congress is so popular
@MicheleBachmann Repeal yourself.