Bachmann Says Walking and Biking Have Nothing to Do With Public Health

Back when the Senate kicked off its health care debate, Republicans tested out a new line of attack
against health committee chairman Edward Kennedy’s (D-MA) draft bill:
Its investment in encouraging walking and biking amounts to inexcusable
government waste.

Never mind that walking and biking have scientifically proven public health benefits. Never mind that the Federal Highway Administration is already promoting the activities the new health care bill would expand.

b4eb3_bachmann_crazy.jpgRep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN): Walking and biking don’t belong in a health care bill. (Photo: More About Politics)

The
Republicans pushed their anti-pork line against the legislation’s
"community transformation" grants for a time. But Sen. Mike Enzi (WY),
the health committee’s senior GOPer, ultimately failed in a bid to prevent the bill from spending money on sidewalks, bike paths, streetlights, and other health-related infrastructure items.

The House has recently begun
its health care discussions, however. And none other than Rep. Michele
Bachmann (R-MN) — whose greatest hits include calling for an
investigation into the president’s patriotism — is on the case against
the bill’s proposed public health grants.

Bachmann wrote on her blog:

Essentially, we’re talking about federal funding for bike paths, lighting, jungle gyms, and even farmers markets.

In
the House bill, at least the spending is capped — $1.6 billion per
year.  The Senate bill leaves the sky the limit – leaving the amount of
spending up to the Obama Administration.

While
these projects may have merit, they certainly don’t belong in a health
care reform package.  With priorities like this running amok on Capitol
Hill, is there any doubt that health care costs will only continue to
skyrocket under government-run health care?

To return to an earlier theme,
let’s take Bachmann a bit too seriously for a moment. The chances that
she will actually vote for Democratic health legislation are
effectively zero. So we can safely assume that her goal here is to
burnish her fiscal-conservative credentials by picking a project to
deride as "pork."

How about the government’s estimated $1 billion in unnecessary Medicare payments? Was Bachmann at all concerned when health industry lobbies said they’d rather not be bound by White House savings targets? Apparently not; it’s people walking more that truly frightens the congresswoman.

(h/t Minnesota Independent)

  • Oak Native

    This woman never seems to say anything I agree with.

  • SfResident

    Bachmann is the mayor of crazytown. She’s seriously deranged. This is the person who is going to ‘boycott’ the census because ACORN operatives are planning to rig the process in order to keep ‘liberals’ in power. Whatever. I’d probably be more worried if she supported healthy and logical transportation alternatives…

  • Ned

    I wonder if she would vote for a health appropriation to fund an electron microscope at the N.I.H. powerful enough to locate her brain for her. The woman is a joke and ought to take a hint form Sarah Palin.

  • ZA

    Too bad she’s probably too afraid to learn how to ride a bike. I wonder if she has the backbone of these everyday Americans?

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