Bachmann and conservatives ask governors to reject exchanges

WASHINGTON – With the Supreme Court’s ruling last week to uphold the Affordable Care Act, conservative opponents of the law lost their main line of argument that the ACA was an unconstitutional expansion of government power. Now, with the help of Republican U.S. Michele Bachmann, they’re urging governors to slow the implementation of the law by refusing to create the online health insurance markets known as exchanges that are one of the ACA’s key policies.

In a letter sent to all 50 governors, Bachmann and other tea party-linked members of Congress argue that “implementation of this law is not inevitable” (emphasis from original text).

Still, the 12 senators and 61 representatives who signed the letter face an uphill challenge: if a state declines to set up an exchange, the federal government will do it instead.

Bachmann was the only Minnesota member of Congress to sign the letter.

  • donald kvam

    Bachmann and other tea party-linked members of Congress evidently don’t care about small busisness and the uninsured workers. If you don’t care about affordable health insurance for small busisness and the working uninsured than continue to vote for Bachmann and other tea party-linked members of Congress.

  • Ben Irwin

    Thanks Michelle for speaking up and continuing the work to save the Republic.

  • Sally Burns

    Once again, Michelle Bachman politics against Minnesotans having adequate, affordable health care through an exchange. She could care less about the benefits to small businesses and medium businesses, she could care less about students who can stay on their parents insurance while they get started in adult life, seniors who are getting help with drug costs, people who can get routine checkups now at no cost so issues can be treated before they become major health problems, people who will now be able to buy insurance even if they have previously been treated for cancer or some other major problem. Why is she running to represent Minnesota when she so blatantly wants to throw her constituents under the bus? Michelle Bachman wants to put the insurance companies between us and our doctors and put all the cards in the insurance companies hands.

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