Bachmann Says Obamacare Repeal Should Be Decided by Congress, Not the Court

March 21, 2012 - 4:32 PM
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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) speaks outside of the nation's capitol on March 21, 2012 about the efforts in the House to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

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- Republican lawmakers joined tea party members outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, vowing to repeal Obamacare, no matter what the Supreme Court decides after it hears the case next week.

When asked by CNSNews.com about the outcome of several lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said it is revealing that the Obama administration wanted the high court to take the case.

“We’re legislators,” Bachmann said. “We believe in the voice of the people. That’s why we’re here. This (repeal) is not an issue that should be decided by the court.

“This is an issue that should be decided by the legislators, and we need to be the ones to pass the repeal of the bill,” she said.

Bachmann joined other members of Congress who, at the conclusion of their statements, ripped up a page from the almost-3,000-page law that towered next to them on the podium.  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Americans oppose “this egregious reach into our freedom.”

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Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) tears out a page of the almost 3,000-page Obamacare document on March 21, 2012 as other lawmakers and members of the Tea Party look on. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

“This [Obamacare] strips away the rights of those who don’t want to pay for abortions because there are abortions that will be funded,” Rep. Louie Gohmert  (R-Texas) said at the conference.

The lawmakers also said the health care law would hurt seniors because of the cuts to Medicare to fund the law. They also tied the fate of Obamacare to the 2012 election.

“That’s why elections matter,” Bachmann said. “And that’s why this fall we need a new president.

“We need a new senate so that we can fully repeal this bill through the proper channel – through Congress and at the White House and finally have high quality health care,” Bachmann said.

King said he hoped a Republican president would sign a bill to repeal Obamacare when he takes the oath of office on the steps of the capitol on Jan. 20, 2013.

“I want him to sign the repeal right there,” King said.