Michele Bachmann dismantles health care on Twitter [UPDATE]
It's a legislative move guaranteed to warm the hearts of teabaggers: Michele Bachmann is all set to vote in favor of repealing health care reform on Jan. 12.
She said so on Twitter.
That might mean that her first major legislative victory is to dismantle another major piece of legislation without proposing anything new or better. She filed the repeal motion in March.
She makes it sound easy, but it won't be.
A Washington Post-ABC News Poll in December showed that a small majority of Americans oppose the new health care law in general. But those opponents get nervous about repealing the whole thing. Only 29 percent want it completely repealed, 30 percent want parts of it repealed, and 38 percent are taking a "wait and see" attitude over how the law works out.
And then there's Congress. Even if the Republicans who now control the House are able to pass the repeal, it stands a slim chance of passage in the Democratic-controlled Senate, and a certain veto from President Barack Obama.
Update 1: The bill has been introduced with a catchy moniker: ''Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act." Minnesota's own 2nd District congressman, John Kline, did the deed.
"For more than a year Washington pursued a government takeover of health care despite rising unemployment, unsustainable federal deficits, and overwhelming public opposition. The new Congress will make job creation and fiscal responsibility top priorities, and repealing ObamaCare is an important part of our efforts."
Update 2: You can read why Politifact called "government takeover of health" the lie of the year in 2010 by clicking here, whether it comes out of Bachmann's, Kline's, or anyone else's mouth.
By selecting "government takeover' as Lie of the Year, PolitiFact is not making a judgment on whether the health care law is good policy.
The phrase is simply not true.
Said Jonathan Oberlander, a professor of health policy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: "The label 'government takeover" has no basis in reality, but instead reflects a political dynamic where conservatives label any increase in government authority in health care as a 'takeover.' "
Never let the facts get in the way of a good dynamic.