Michele Bachmann on Health Care

Last Updated : Dec 13, 2011

Summary

Congresswoman Bachmann is a strong opponent of government expansion into the health care industry. This includes the expansion of the SCHIP program, the 2009-2010 health care reform known as Obamacare, and provisions such as tobacco exclusion. To change the health care industry, Congresswoman Bachmann has introduced the Health Care Freedom of Choice Act. This legislation would make medical expenses, including health care premiums, 100% tax-deductible for all individuals, instead of just insurance purchased through employers. She also supports the expansion of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), the purchase of insurance across state lines, tort reform, and the creation of Association Health Plans (AHPs), which would allow small businesses to band together through trade associations to purchase health insurance for their employees at a lower cost. 

In 2007, Congresswoman Bachmann referred to the reauthorization and expansion of SCHIP as a leap towards socialism. She noted that the program was expanded to cover vastly more people than the program was intended to cover.

As an ardent and vocal opponent of Obamacare, Congresswoman Bachmann noted that the program would lead to a government takeover of health care, which would lead to rationing. She also asserted that the program would lead to health care being allocated according to age and medical condition. She also opposes the public option, and a single payer program for health care.

In August of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann stated that she supported means testing for Medicare and subsidizing the purchasing of health insurance for low income seniors.

 

Leap Towards Socialism

In August of 2007, Congresswoman Bachmann spoke for one minute on the House floor in opposition to the reauthorization and expansion of SCHIP.

 

SCHIP Reauthorization Flawed

In January of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed discussing the reauthorization of the SCHIP legislation.

 

Health Care Freedom of Choice Act

In January of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann released a press statement noting her support for the Health Care Freedom of Choice Act. 

 

Fox Business Appearance

In July of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann appeared on Fox Business and spoke about her opposition to the health care reform plan.

 

Floor Speech - Health Care Advisors

In July of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann spoke on the House floor about the people who are advising President Obama concerning health care.

 

Government Care Leads to Rationing

In July of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed stating that whenever government takes charge of health care, the inevitable result is rationing.

 

The Private Option

In July of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed discussing Republican efforts to expand choice in health care, and the inability to choose your own plan under the proposed legislation.

 

Treatment Determined by Age

In July of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed discussing the dispurse of funds for treatment depending on age and condition.

 

Health Care and Illegal Immigrants

In July of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed discussing the coverage of citizens of other nations living within the US.

 

Coops

In July of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed discussing the use of the word "coop" in health care reform. She asserts that she is in favor of private coops that consist of bundles of companies, but not a new insurer.

 

Taxing the Middle Class

In August of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed discussing the taxing of the middle class to pay for health care reform.

 

Bipartisan Health Care Reform

In August of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an article discussing health care reform that she would support, and that she believed would be bipartisan.

 

Fox News Appearance

In September of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann appeared on Fox News and spoke about her opposition to the plans being put forth by President Obama and the Democrats.

 

Opposition to Senate Passage of Health Care Reform

In December of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann released a press statement noting her opposition to the passage of health care reform legislation through the Senate.

 

Call for Transparency

In January of 2010, Congresswoman Bachmann released a press statement calling for transparency in the health care reform debate.

 

Declaration of Health Care Independence

In January of 2010, Congresswoman Bachmann released a press statement noting her support for the Declaration of Health Care Independence.

 

 

Response to Health Care Summit

In February of 2010, Congresswoman Bachmann appeared on Fox News and spoke about President Obama's announcement that he wanted a health care summit.

 

Health Care Freedom of Choice Act

In March of 2010, Congresswoman Bachmann released a press statement noting the Health Care Freedom of Choice Act.

 

Quid Pro Quo

In March of 2010, Congresswoman Bachmann appeared on Fox News and spoke about the deals used to garner votes for the health care reform legislation.

 

Reaction to Executive Order on Abortion

In March of 2010, Congresswoman Bachmann appeared on Fox News and spoke about President Obama's plan to issue an executive order on abortion and health care reform.

 

Loophole Closure

In March of 2010, Congresswoman Bachmann released a press statement noting legislation that had been introduced to eliminate exemptions.

 

Opposition to Passage of Health Care Reform

In March of 2010, Congresswoman Bachmann released a press statement noting her opposition to the passage of health care reform legislation.

 

Legislation to Repeal Health Care Reform

In March of 2010, Congresswoman Bachmann released a press statement noting her support for legislation to repeal the health care reform legislation.

 

 

Medicare and Single Payer

In October of 2010, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed discussing recent comments that Medicare could be used as a single-payer program which would allow everyone to "buy in" to the system.

 

Reaction to Ruling Obamacare Unconstitutional

In December of 2010, Congresswoman Bachmann released a press statement noting her support for a ruling that stated that the 2009-2010 health care reform known as "Obamacare" was unconstitutional.

 

Health Care Repeal Vote

In January of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann released a press statement noting her support for repealing the 2009-2010 health care reform legislation and the importance of the vote to do that.

 

Fraud in Obamacare

In March of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann released a press statement noting that funding within the Obamacare legislation was meant to circumvent the appropriations process.

 

New Hampshire Debate

On June 13, 2011 Congresswoman Bachmann participated in a Republican Presidential debate in New Hampshire. She was asked about the repeal of Obamacare and noted that she introduced the legislation to repeal it.

 

Official Website Statements

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

Bill O'Reilly Appearance

On August 8, 2011 Congresswoman Bachmann appeared on the O'Reilly factor and spoke about entitlement reform. She states that she supports means testing for Medicare and social security. 

 

Reagan Debate

In September of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann participated in the Republican debate at the Reagan library. She talks about the need to end Obamacare and states if it is not repealed this year, socialized medicine will be with us for good.

 

TEA Party Debate

In September of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann participated in the Republican TEA Party debate. She talks about her support for continuing programs such as medicare.

 

Dartmouth Debate

On October 11, 2011 Congresswoman Bachmann participated in the Dartmouth debate. She was asked about Medicare and discussed the relation of the issued with Obamacare and the need to repeal it.

 

Michigan Economic Debate

On November 10, 2011 Congresswoman Bachmann participated in the Michigan economic debate. She discussed her health care plan.

 

2012 Presidential Campaign Website Statements

 

Official Website Statements

 

Voting Record

Tort Reform

In March of 2012, the House voted on HR 5, also know as the Help Efficient, Accessible, Low Cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011. This legislation would have set a statute of limitations of three years after the date of manifestation of an injury or one year after the claimant discovers the injury for a lawsuit, made each party liable only for the amount of damages directly proportional to such party's percentage of responsibility, allowed the court to restrict the payment of attorney contingency fees, authorized punitive damages only where there is clear and convincing evidence that a person acted with malicious intent to injure the claimant, limited punitive damages to $500,000, limited noneconomic damages to $250,000, and denied punitive damages in the case of products approved, cleared, or licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or otherwise considered in compliance with FDA standards. Michele Bachmann voted in favor of the HEALTH Act.

Michele Bachmann voted in favor of the HEALTH Act.

Repeal of Health Care Reform

In early 2011, the House voted on repealing the 2009-2010 health care reform legislation, called "Obamacare" by its opponents. Michele Bachmann voted in favor of repealing the health care legislation.

Michele Bachmann voted in favor of repealing the health care legislation.

2009-2010 Health Care Reform - Amendments

There were three significant votes on the health care reform legislation in the house. The first passed the house version, the second passed the reconciliation bill, and the third passed a bill to address "problems" in the original bills. This vote passed amendments to address the problems with the reconciliation bill. Michele Bachmann voted against the health care amendments for the House and Senate bills.

Michele Bachmann voted against the health care amendments for the House and Senate bills.

Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010

In March of 2010 the House voted on the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The legislation was to pass the health care reform through the reconciliation process. No Republicans voted for the legislation and 22 Democrats voted against the bill. The bill passed 220-207. Michele Bachmann voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Michele Bachmann voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

2009-2010 Health Care Reform - Reconciliation

After a separate version of health care reform passed in the Senate, the Democrats lost the 60 seats they needed to break a Republican filibuster. To pass the reform bill, the House passed a reconciliation bill that would allow the House and Senate versions to be combined without a separate verion passing the Senate. Michele Bachmann voted against the health care reconciliation bill.

Michele Bachmann voted against the health care reconciliation bill.

2009-2010 Health Care Reform Bill

The Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962) was the version that passed the House. It was supported by most Democrats and only 1 Republican. Michele Bachmann voted against the original health care reform bill.

Michele Bachmann voted against the original health care reform bill.

Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act sets up health requirements for tobacco products, sets labeling guidelines, requires tobacco companies to report the content of their products, and prescribes punishements for violating any rules. The measure passed the House 298-112. Michele Bachmann voted against the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Michele Bachmann voted against the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

SCHIP

In addition to attempting overall health care reform, congress re-authorized SCHIP in 2009. SCHIP is a program to provide children with health care and fund it through tobacco taxes. The program passed with the full support of Democrats and roughly 1/4 of the Republicans. Michele Bachmann voted against SCHIP.

Michele Bachmann voted against SCHIP.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 2; Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act - Cosponsor

Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, effective as of its enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by such Act. Repeals the health care provisions of the Health Care and Education and Reconciliation Act of 2010, effective as of the Act's enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by the Act's health care provisions.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 141; To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, effective as of their enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by such Acts.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 144; Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011 - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal a provision (added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that extends to corporations that are not tax-exempt the requirement to report payments of $600 or more.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 154; Defund the Individual Mandate Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits any funds appropriated or otherwise made available to any federal department or agency from being used to implement or enforce any federal mandate to purchase health insurance.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 369; Health Savings and Affordability Act of 2011 - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) allow a tax deduction from gross income for the cost of health insurance coverage for individual taxpayers, their spouses, and dependents; (2) permit holders of health savings accounts (HSAs) and their spouses who are age 55 or older to make additional (catch-up) contributions to a joint HSA; (3) increase the allowable amount of the tax deduction for contributions to HSAs; (4) combine individual and family deductibles under high deductible health insurance plans; (5) allow for increased rollovers from flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) or health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) into HSAs; (6) allow the payment of premiums from HSAs for high deductible health plans; and (7) treat as medical care for purposes of the tax deduction for medical expenses certain exercise equipment and fees for physical fitness programs.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5141; Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal a provision (added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that extends to corporations that are not tax-exempt the requirement to report payments of $600 or more.

Session-111; Bill Number-H Res 1188; Ensuring an up or down vote on certain health care legislation - Cosponsor

Prohibits the Committee on Rules from reporting a rule or order that provides for disposition of the Senate amendments to H.R. 3590 (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [PPACA]) unless it provides for: (1) at least one hour of debate, equally divided and controlled by the majority leader and the minority leader; and (2) a requirement that the Speaker put the question on disposition of the Senate amendments and that the yeas and nays be considered as ordered thereon.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5111; To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services under such Act. - Cosponsor

Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to prohibit federal funds from being to used to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion services. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services and plans receiving federal funds must keep federal funds segregated from any funds for abortion services.) Requires any qualified health benefit plan offered through an Exchange that includes coverage for abortions to also offer a qualified health benefit plan through the Exchange that is identical in every respect except that it does not cover abortions.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4972; To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Cosponsor

Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, effective as of its enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by such Act.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4903; To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Prime Sponsor

Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, effective as of its enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by such Act.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5882; Defunding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Cosponsor

Declares that no funds are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and any amendments made by either such Act.

Session-111; Bill Number-H Res 615; Congressman and the Public Option - Cosponsor

Urges Members of Congress who vote in favor of the establishment of a public, federal government run health insurance option to forgo their right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and agree to enroll under that public option.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4904; Defunding the Health Care Mandate - Cosponsor

Prohibits any funds appropriated or otherwise made available to any federal department or agency from being used to implement or enforce any federal mandate to purchase health insurance.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 3234; HSA Improvement and Expansion Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

Amends Internal Revenue Code provisions relating to health savings accounts (HSAs) to: (1) allow HSAs to incorporate flexible spending and health reimbursement arrangements; (2) increase the annual HSA contribution limitation; (3) permit the use of HSAs to purchase health insurance; (4) allow the payment of certain medical expenses incurred before the establishment of an HSA; (5) allow veterans eligible for service-connected disability benefits to establish an HSA; and (6) allow spouses to make increased catch-up contributions to a single HSA.

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