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Conservative Lawmakers Seek To Capitalize On Link Between Current ‘Scandals’ And Health Law

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., was among the members of Congress linking the I.R.S. scandal to the repeal vote and even talk of impeachment. 

Politico: Conservatives Link IRS Mess To Obamacare
Conservative lawmakers and tea party advocates Thursday sought to link the IRS scandal to efforts to repeal Obamacare, even acknowledging the potential of impeachment. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) made the leap from Benghazi to the IRS scandal to Obamacare, a progression she said was all related. At a packed press conference, she argued that the IRS will now be able to access individuals' health records because they are tasked with overseeing compliance with the new law (Gibson, 5/16).

The Associated Press: Bachmann Sprints To TV With Health Care Ad
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann quickly launched a campaign-style television ad Thursday in hopes of capitalizing on the latest U.S. House vote to undo President Barack Obama's health care law. The Republican critic of the Affordable Care Act -- dubbed Obamacare by foes -- was to begin airing the ad Thursday night in Twin Cities market. She spent about $85,000 for the TV spot (Bakst, 5/16).

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