Michele Bachmann on 'Obamacare'

On Monday, Rep. Michele Bachmann called the Affordable Care Act the most unpopular law in recent history and said she is hopeful the Supreme Court will repeal it this week. How do you think the Supreme Court will rule?

In March 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the legality of what is commonly called “Obamacare.”

From the onset, . In fact, just hours after passage two years ago, Bachmann introduced the first bill in the House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare in full.

On Monday, Bachmann called the Affordable Care Act the most unpopular law in recent history and said she is hopeful the Supreme Court will repeal it this week.

“As the author of the original bill to repeal Obamacare, I am convinced that no decision in recent history will have a more profound impact on our country,” Bachmann wrote in a recent editorial published in the Washington Times. “I do not make that assertion lightly, even in the shadow of other landmark cases.”

“Even President Obama knows how unpopular Obamacare is,” Bachmann’s Facebook status update read on Tuesday. “I will not rest until there is a full-scale repeal of this bill.”

After sitting in on arguments for and against “Obamacare” before the Supreme Court, Bachmann said listening to the arguments regarding severability presented the question: “If one part of the bill is found to be unconstitutional, does the entire bill fail? There seemed to be a general agreement that without the individual mandate, the heart of Obamacare, the other parts will go unfunded and fail.”

Bachmann contends that the legislation is “controversial and strikes at the very core issue” of how can health care be more accessible while providing the highest possible quality at the lowest price?

“The solution will not be found in Obamacare,” Bachmann said. “Instead of turning to socialized medicine, we need to improve health care through free-market solutions and by letting people spend their own tax-free dollars on health care.

“I heard the Justices ask thoughtful questions, and I hope that they will declare all parts of Obamacare unconstitutional so that Congress can move forward and implement real, free-market solutions.”

Al Anderson June 27, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Shawn - I'll give you credit for writing a fair piece about Bachmann's perspective. Wish that were the case more regularly on the Patch. Where's the articles re: Klobuchar and Franken? It's clear to me from the St Michael Patch articles (e.g. Duluth) and other "Patches" -- that the Patch is no longer just about hyperlocal issues
Howard Lieberman June 28, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Until Bachmann and the rest of the "conservatives" in Congress disavow their own single payor socialized medical care they should shut up about The Affordable Care Act.
Jo June 28, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Congress gets great health care coverage that we pay for, concern for others??
D. Knutson July 01, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Interesting fact is the liberals are the group behind sponsoring and passing the healthcare plans and lifetime, lucrative retirement packages that members of congress receive, and you want the Bachmann and conservatives to shut up? They should all get the same health care and retirement plans that the rest of public servants receive. Oh wait, they do..... The public workers get great retirement pay, retire earlier than most people, and continue to receive benefits that taxpayers fund..... And most of them are union members wanting more money forcing higher taxes. Howard, it's a problem created by the liberals trying to play Robin Hood...... This is America, not Sherwood Forest. The problem was there decades before Bachmann arrived in DC.


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