Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) celebrated the third anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act by railing against the law for more than 10 minutes on the floor of the House. During one of the most impassioned sections of her speech, Bachmann pleaded with congressional colleagues to help her repeal the law before it “literally” kills children, women and senior citizens.
Claiming that the government has taken “100% control” of the health care system in America, she posited that under the law “the American people, especially vulnerable women, vulnerable children, vulnerable senior citizens now get to pay more and they get less.” She continued, saying, “let’s repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens.” Instead, Bachmann said, “let’s love people. Let’s care about people.”
After the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act and President Obama won his re-election bid last year, the prospects of repealing the law were diminished to virtually non-existent, so Bachmann’s display may have been primarily an act of political theater. She has been one of the law’s fiercest opponents from the beginning, calling it the “crown jewel of socialism” and insisting that it is “wildly unpopular” despite what the majority of polls say.