Michele Bachmann Demands Administration Return $105 Billion in Hidden ObamaCare Funds to Taxpayers
posted at 4:08 pm on March 8, 2011 by Howard Portnoy
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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