"Health care reforms should ensure families and doctors make health care decisions -- not Washington politicians."
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) released the following statement after the Supreme Court announced their decision to substantially uphold Obamacare:
"I am deeply disappointed by the court's decision. Today's Supreme Court decision raises the stakes for the coming months. Since Congress passed Obamacare in 2010, I have made its repeal my top priority. After leading thousands to Washington to speak against its passage, I was the first to introduce the bill to repeal it. Obamacare represents the largest expansion of entitlement spending and a playground of left-wing social engineering in our country's history and must be stopped. Now, the only way to save the country from Obamacare's budget-busting government takeover of health care is to completely repeal it. I disagree with the court's ruling and expansion of government power under the commerce clause. Government should never have the right to tell Americans what they must purchase.
"Under President Obama's signature legislation, health care costs continue to skyrocket, and up to 20 million Americans could lose their employer-based coverage. Innovations in life-saving medical technology, a significant industry in Minnesota is threatened. Meanwhile, a panel of unelected bureaucrats now has the unprecedented authority to come between elderly patients and their doctors. Obamacare is socialized medicine that threatens the quality of our health care and worse, the foundations of our republic.
"We must replace Obamacare with a system that allows portability, allows individuals to purchase healthcare across state lines, allows individuals to purchase the plan of their choice, and includes tort reform. Real health care reform is about bringing down the cost of healthcare through free-market competition. Real health care reform is about giving families more choices, not less. It is not about empowering big government where doctors and patients have little to no say in the quality of care they receive.
"Every American should have the opportunity to provide health care for themselves and their family and the freedom to choose the plan that's best for them. Health care reforms should ensure families and doctors make health care decisions -- not Washington bureaucrats and politicians. Millions of Americans are still without access to affordable health care. The Supreme Court's decision didn't change that. Americans deserve real market based reforms, not big government, to increase access to the greatest health care system in the world."
Bachmann, the Chair of the House Tea Party Caucus, was in the courtroom as the opinion was read. She has been a long-time advocate of repealing the President's health care overhaul. Hours after passage, Bachmann introduced the first bill in the House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare in full.