From the St. Cloud Times:
ST. PAUL — Rep. Michele Bachmann and other Minnesota Republicans previewed a health care proposal they will unveil the day of President Obama’s State of the Union address.
The GOP “Declaration of Health Care Independence” will become public on Wednesday, Bachmann said at a state Capitol news conference Monday afternoon.
The declaration won’t prescribe specific reforms, but would lay down “rules of the road” for bipartisan health care negotiations, Bachmann said.
It will call for congressional health care talks to be conducted in public and for a health-care bill that doesn’t increase the federal deficit, GOP leaders added.
Minnesota DFLers called Monday’s news conference a “publicity stunt” by Bachmann, whose Sixth Congressional District includes St. Cloud.
Republicans who flanked Bachmann at the conference — including Rep. Dan Severson, R-Sauk Rapids, candidate for Minnesota Secretary of State — seemed emboldened by last week’s election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts. Bachmann said Brown’s victory is a public repudiation of the federal health care proposal discussed in recent months.
Because Massachusetts speaks for the entire nation! Hey, wait a second. If Massachusetts now speaks for the entire nation, does that mean that gay marriage is now the law of the land, as well as universal health care?
Republicans have described the reform proposal drafted by Democrats as a “government takeover” of health care in the U.S. Bachmann defended that description Monday, saying the Democratic plan amounts to “regulation on steroids” that would create a de facto, government-run health-care system.
But Bachmann’s criticisms ignore the thousands of Minnesotans who would gain coverage or pay less for health care under the Democratic proposal, Minnesota DFL chair Brian Melendez said Monday.
“Her plan is a do-nothing plan that ignores the facts and embraces the failed status quo,” Melendez said.