(CNSNews.com) – In her remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) joked about how “educational” it was to be a presidential candidate, referring to gaffes she made about John Wayne’s birthplace and the date Elvis Presley was born.
Bachmann said knowing those facts is “very important when you’re running for president.”
But Bachmann gave a no-nonsense response to CNSNews.com’s questions about how the Obamacare regulation mandating that all health insurance policies cover sterilization and FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that induce abortion, would play itself out in the real world, especially with those whose religious faith prohibits the use or support of such products.
“Every single American is negatively impacted by Obamacare,” Bachmann said at CPAC on Thursday. “Number one, health care will be far more expensive than it ever was before because it’s socialized medicine and, number two, there will be denial of access of care.”
Bachmann said she fought Obamacare before Congress passed the bill that was signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010, including sponsoring HR 4903 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.
“I am the chief author of the bill to repeal Obamacare,” Bachmann said. “I fought it with everything I could.”
“So what we’re seeing [in the HHS regulation] is the living 3-D example of what was wrong with Obamacare – why it has to go,” Bachmann said.
She called the regulation and Obama’s response to critics of it “audacious.”
“The president of the United States is telling the Holy Roman Catholic Church that they have to violate the dictates of their conscience and their church doctrine to be in conformity with Obama’s doctrine,” Bachmann said. “This is an abomination.”
She said Obamacare puts the government instead of the individual in charge of health care, a fact that will lead, she said, to the denial of health care services to “America’s most vulnerable.”
“What is next on the agenda is the denial of care of America’s most vulnerable,” Bachmann said. “Don’t think it can’t happen in the United States. It will. Pay more, get less -- that’s why Obama has to go.”