Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) released the following statement today after joining the House of Representatives in voting to repeal Obamacare:
"It's been two years since President Obama signed into law one of the most expensive and invasive pieces of legislation in the history of the United States. More and more we are seeing what then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi meant when she said the bill would have to pass in order for us to figure out what was in it. The more we learn about the scope and reach of Obamacare, the clearer it becomes that it isn't about "affordable care' -- it is about bureaucratic control.
"For the first time in American history, the federal government is forcing citizens to purchase a private product simply because they breath, and then will penalize them if they refuse to comply. The 20 new or higher taxes within Obamacare punish companies and individuals of all income levels, despite this administration's promises otherwise. And an expanding IRS plans to enforce more than 12,000 pages of new regulations. Americans should not have to make their healthcare decisions out of fear of being intimidated by the IRS.
"Today's bi-partisan vote is a step towards true healthcare reform -- reform that brings down the cost of healthcare through free-market competition. Reform that gives families more choices, not less. Reform that empowers patients and doctors, not government bureaucrats. It is my sincere hope that the Senate will listen to the will of the American people and vote for a full-scale repeal of Obamacare."