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Michele Bachmann Demands Administration Return $105 Billion in Hidden ObamaCare Funds to Taxpayers

posted at 4:08 pm on March 8, 2011 by

As both houses of Congress stood poised in 2010 to sign into law a massive health care bill that few members had read, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously observed, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

The American people, who then as now disapproved of the plan by a double-digit margin, can’t say they weren’t warned.

Few, however, were prepared for the extent of the deception embodied in the bill, which Democrats brokered behind closed doors and to the exclusion of members of the opposing party. That became apparent on Sunday, when Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-MN, dropped a bombshell on NBC’s Meet the Press, revealing that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act contains over $105 billion in health care appropriations.

“Practically no member of Congress even knew that $105 billion of funding was contained,” Bachmann repeated mantra-like despite host David Gregory’s refusal to acknowledge the point and efforts to divert the conversation back to a previous point.

The congresswoman is now demanding that the Obama administration return the appropriations to their rightful owners, the American taxpayer. She is calling upon fellow House members to “draw a line in the sand” on budget negotiations as the next deadline of March 18 approaches.

She is quoted at WorldNet Daily as saying:

We’ve been hunting and pecking to look for $61 billion in savings from the budget, and we just find out now that [top Democrats] have already appropriated much more than that? $105 billion over the next 8 years and nobody knew about it?

They took this by deception. They failed to disclose critical terms of that bill. This was a fraud when they put that though. That’s why we must insist that we will not give one red cent of funding after March 18 until they first give the money back. Then we can discuss the budget.

At issue is leverage the Republicans who now control the House thought they had over the unpopular law, which they hoped to quash by defunding. The discovery of over $105,464,000,000, discreetly spread throughout the 2,700-page bill, now leaves Republicans without remedy. Protests Bachmann:

They told no one they were prefunding the implementation. [Republicans] were all arguing that if we got the gavel in 2010 that we could effectively repeal Obamacare between now and 2012 because we could defund it. That option was taken away from us, the people’s [referendum-like vote in 2010] was neutered.

Among the more egregious provisions in the law is Section 1311(a), which gives the Health and Human Services Secretary carte blanche over the amount of taxpayer dollars that be expended toward implementation of health-care exchanges in any of the 50 states. On its face, the provision seems to be yet another example of language that runs at cross purposes with the Constitution, which uniquely assigns the capacity to allocate funds to Congress.

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This would be an appropriate place to draw tthe line on raising the debt ceiling. “No,” until the $105 billion is returned.

Curmudgeon on March 8, 2011 at 4:35 PM

You go, girl!

erp on March 8, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Yes, they built in funding for 8 years, knew it and never said even to most of the pols on their own side as I understand it. This is a massive, underhanded, sneaky power grab for which they should be recalled by their own side. Apparently there is no way to get around it unless the Bill itself is nullified. I do not understand why more people are not profoundly upset by this.

jeanie on March 8, 2011 at 9:33 PM

If people would just become a member of the Heritage Foundation, you wouldn’t be 2 months late to the party. Thankfully Michelle Bachman remembers who Reagan’s go-to guys were.

http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2011/01/How-to-Limit-the-Damage-from-Obamacare-Pulling-It-Out-Weed-by-Weed

It takes eight pages for CRS simply to list the PPACA provisions that seek to bypass the normal appropriations process. These go beyond standard appropriations for the current and following fiscal years, making spending decisions for as long as 10 years in the future—not only beyond the term of the last Congress, but also beyond the current term of President Obama. These include, among others: Section 2951 on “Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs” and Section 3021 on a “Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation” (including $10 billion for FY 2011 through FY 2019, and $10 billion for each subsequent 10-year fiscal period). The report also describes how billions are to be transferred—without approval of current or future officeholders—from Medicare into Obamacare accounts, such as in Section 3403.

uknowmorethanme on March 8, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Wouldn’t this be another reason to sue because this is unconstitutional, as well? Can the House sue the Executive Branch? No wonder Holder is delaying the path to the SC. Seems Rep. Bachman was correct in her labeling this regime a gangsta govt.

Kissmygrits on March 9, 2011 at 9:11 AM