Bachmann Says She Influenced GOP Hopefuls on Obamacare Repeal

By Susan Jones | March 27, 2012 | 10:52 AM EDT

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., at a book-signing event in Aiken, S.C. on Dec. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)

( - Whoever the Republican nominee is, "each one of the four candidates that remain in the race have committed themselves to full scale repeal" of Obamacare -- and Rep. Michele Bachmann is taking some of the credit for that.

"Now I think this is something where I made a distinct difference in the race," Rep. Michele Bachmann told Fox News on Tuesday.

At the beginning of the primary race, Romney and some of the other GOP candidates said they would deal with Obamacare through waivers and executive orders, she noted. But that changed:

"During the course of the campaign, every one of the candidates came over to the point where I was, which was full-scale repeal, and no less. Whoever the people choose for the Republican Party nominee, that nominee will have to abide and stand by full-scale repeal."

Bachmann says Congress, in passing Obamacare, is attempting to regulate inactivity.

If the Supreme Court upholds what congressional Democrats did, lawmakers could force Americans to buy electric cars or gym memberships, she said: "That's absurd. At that point, we no longer have a constitutional republic -- we have a dictatorship. And that's not what America is."

Bachmann introduced the first House bill to repeal Obamacare hours after it passed two years ago.

In a message on her website, she notes that if the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate, the entire health care law is moot: "I will be present in the courtroom on March 28 to hear arguments myself. For the sake of the U.S. economy and the security of the greatest health care system in the world, I hope it is found unconstitutional.”

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum insists he's the only candidate left in the race who can credibly campaign on the promise to repeal Obamacare.

Speaking near the Supreme Court on Monday, the first day of oral arguments on Obamacare, Santorum said, "“If you really want Obamacare repealed, there is one person who can make that happen.”

Santorum said Romney has no credibility on the subject because "he supported government-run health care as the governor of Massachusetts.”