When Michele Bachmann submitted a bill to totally repeal Obama, the DFL and the DCCC criticized her and tried belittling her in hopes of making her ripe for the pickings this November. Obviously, that hasn’t worked. It’ll be interesting to see what they’ll say now that John Kline has committed to repealing Obamacare:

Rep. John Kline joined fellow Minnesotan Michele Bachmann today on the Club for Growth’s list of lawmakers who pledge to repeal the health care bill.

Signing the pledge compels representatives to “sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government.”

As Kline spokester Troy Young summarized, “Repeal and Replace.” But unlike Bachmann, who prides herself on being the first lawmaker to introduce a “repeal” bill, Kline has not yet signed on to similar legislation, Young said.

The Democrats’ tactics will be predictable if Republicans repeal and replace Obamacare:

“House Republicans will not rest until we repeal Obamacare lock, stock and barrel,” Rep. Mike Pence, head of the House Republican Conference, told me from Arizona, where he had gone to campaign for GOP candidates. “I believe that’s the uniform position of the Republican leadership.”

“People are livid,” Rep. Tom Price, head of the Republican Study Committee, said during a break from campaigning for Republicans in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, North Carolina and New York. “They can’t believe what this administration and Pelosi and the gang are doing.”

“If we are not unanimous as a conference in being for repeal of 100 percent of Obamacare, then we’re fractured as a party,” Rep. Steve King, a favorite of the Tea Party movement, told me from Minnesota, where he was appearing at a rally with Tea Party superstar Rep. Michele Bachmann.

At the same time, the lawmakers are aware of what Pence calls the “rabbit snare” of a repeal-only strategy. “We repeal and start over,” Pence emphasized. “Don’t forget the ‘and.'”

The lawmakers know what Democrats will say. They’ll point to three things, banning discrimination against pre-existing conditions (which is years in the future), filling the Medicare prescription-drug “donut hole,” and extending dependent medical coverage until age 26, and say, “Republicans want to take all those good things away from you.” Obama has already issued a trash-talk challenge to the GOP: “Go for it.

The bad news for Democrats is that they think Obamacare is more popular than it is. This was evidenced Tuesday night when Democratic strategist Julie Menin said that “President Obama has 6 months to convince people” that Obamacare is great.

That’s the epitome of arrogance.

President Obama has given dozens of speeches on health care. The more he spoke, the more people rejected it. The notion that another 6 months of speeches will suddenly change people’s minds is a foolhardy proposition. The American people have tuned President Obama out when it comes to health care. They aren’t buying what he’s selling.

People have called Michele Bachmann names since she started her political career. She keeps getting elected. The DFL’s characatures of her are legendary. They haven’t put a dent into John Kline’s reputation, though, mostly because he’s such a thoughtful policymaker.

Though there’s a huge difference in their images, the reality is that there isn’t a big difference between Michele’s policy beliefs and John Kline’s policy beliefs, especially when it comes to voting to limit government’s intrusion into people’s lives.

That’s because they both strongly believe in keeping the federal government within the Tenth Amendment’s limits. If something isn’t part of the authorities enumerated in Article I, Section VIII, then the federal government doesn’t have the authority to act on it.

Repealing the Democrats’ health care law not only is the right thing to do according to the Constitution, it’s the right thing to do from a policy standpoint. The DCCC and the DFL keep thinking that the Democrats’ health care law is popular when it isn’t. It especially isn’t popular now that people are finding out that there’s $670,000,000,000 worth of tax increases in the bill.

They’ll hate it when they find out that the Democrats are attempting to impose price controls on health insurance companies:

Fearing that health insurance premiums may shoot up in the next few years, Senate Democrats laid a foundation on Tuesday for federal regulation of rates, four weeks after President Obama signed a law intended to rein in soaring health costs.

When the Democrats passed their health care legislation, President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid said that health care and health insurance costs would start dropping because of the competition that was caused by their legislation. If that’s the case, what’s the justification for imposing price controls on health insurance premiums? Shouldn’t we just let the legislation work its magic? After all, competition was the sure-fire cure all.

The truth is that John Kline and Michele Bachmann understood from the outset that the Democrats’ plan was mostly smoke and mirrors, not competition and rewards. They’ve been telling us that the Democrats couldn’t possibly keep the promises that President Obama and Speaker Pelosi made.

Michele was ridiculed for telling us what human nature dictated: that there was nothing in the Democrats’ health care bill that changed human behavior. That’s why it was utterly predictable that price controls would be needed. I predicted that several times. So did King Banaian and Ed Morrissey and anyone else that wasn’t afraid to admit to the truth.

We need to repeal the Democrats’ health care bill because it’s always been about increasing the federal government’s control over our lives. (That’s another thing that John Kline and Michele Bachmann have in common: the vehemently oppose the federal government’s control of our lives.)

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