Rep. Michele Bachmann is calling on President Barack Obama and House Democratic leaders to say “I’m sorry” for attaching mandatory spending to health care reform.
The Minnesota Republican, a leading voice in the tea party movement, said the authors of the $1 trillion health care overhaul buried $105 billion in mandatory funding within the law to ensure that it passed. The number stems from an October Congressional Research Service report that cites $5 billion in mandatory spending under health care reform this year and an additional $100 billion over the next eight years, minus any appropriating actions by Congress.
“I am calling on President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to apologize for this deceitful cover-up,” she said.
Bachmann said that Obama and Reid should “agree to immediately rescind that $105 billion” and that Obama should also commit to spending no more money on health care reform “until after the 2012 elections.”
A Bachmann aide said the lawmaker is shining light on the issue now because “most of the people she’s talking to do not seem to be aware of this.”
A senior Democratic aide questioned whether Bachmann would apply her criticisms of government-funded health care to herself.
“I wonder if the Congresswoman will apologize for taking taxpayer-funded health care,” the aide said.
Bachmann, who is considering a presidential bid, has positioned herself on the national stage several times over the past several years. She helped bring thousands to the Capitol to protest the health care bill when it was being debated in 2009. Bachmann also partnered with the Tea Party Express to deliver her own rebuttal to Obama’s State of the Union address in January.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.