Michele Bachmann went on CNN's The Situation Room on Thursday night to talk about — what else — Obamacare. She told Wolf Blitzer that she "lost" her insurance under the ACA, and will be "forced to go on the website and purchase the health insurance plan from the D.C. health exchange." She's picking up on the cancelled-plan meme, and both Blitzer and her fellow guest Paul Begala let her do it. But Bachmann isn't losing her insurance in the same way that average citizens getting cancellation letters are.
If Bachmann had government employee insurance (her office did not respond to requests for comment), she is losing it because of Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley's amendment to Obamacare. The Grassley amendment requires all members of Congress and their staffs buy into the exchanges, supposedly so that Congress has a personal stake in the efficacy of the health care law. Grassley proposed the amendment in 2010 as a challenge to Democrats, but it ended up passing with bipartisan support. Issues surrounding the amendment were a major focus of the shutdown negotiations — Sens. David Vitter and Ted Cruz tried to pass an amendment that would remove employer contributions to congressional staff health care, as a way to undermine the health care law.