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This morning, Rep. Michele Bachmann, who has derided Obamacare as “tyranny,” the “crown jewel of socialism,” and “unconstitutional,” trumpeted her presence in the halls of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., to await the epoch-making SCOTUS ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the signature legislation of Barack Obama’s first term as president.

Michele Bachmann’s Big Day at SCOTUS

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Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare 5-4


Supporters of the health care legislation celebrate after the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 ruling Thursday, June 28, 2012. (Photo credit: AFP — Getty Images via CNN)


June 28, 2012

Washington (CNN) — The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care legislation Thursday in a narrow 5-4 ruling.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, which said that the Commerce Clause of the Constitution does not give Congress the authority to require people to have health care, but that other parts of the Constitution did.

The court’s ruling upheld the law’s central provision — a requirement that all people have health insurance. …

The polarizing law, dubbed “Obamacare” by many, is the signature legislation of Obama’s time in office.

It helped spur the creation of the conservative tea party movement and is likely to be a centerpiece of the presidential election campaign. …

In place of creating a national health system, the law banned insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, barred insurers from setting a dollar limit on health coverage payouts, and required them to cover preventative care at no additional cost to consumers.

It also required individuals to have health insurance, either through their employers or a state-sponsored exchange, or face a fine beginning in 2014. …

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Bachmann decries health care ruling with ironic word choice

Bachmann: ‘Schizophrenic’ Ruling Undermines Court

By Brian Bakst

June 28, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann slammed Thursday’s ruling to uphold the controversial federal health care law as “schizophrenic” and said it undermines the Supreme Court’s credibility.

The former presidential candidate and tea party favorite told The Associated Press she thinks the court went out of its way to uphold the law, making it an activist court in her view. Bachmann was in the room when the Supreme Court issued its opinion. …

“This undermined the credibility of the Supreme Court first by the court having a schizophrenic view of whether Obamacare is a tax,” she said. “They said it is not a tax for purpose of jurisdiction for hearing the case. Then they said it was a tax for upholding the constitutionality.”

Bachmann says she is “clearly disappointed” with Chief Justice John Roberts. The appointee of former President George W. Bush provided the swing vote in the 5-4 ruling. …

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Related reports on this site


Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks during a health care town hall meeting in Rochester, Minn., Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. (Photo credit: Michele Jokinen / Post-Bulletin)

Bachmann: I Will ‘Stand Up to Obamacare’ (June 1, 2011)

Bachmann’s ‘Parallel Universe’ (Feb. 10, 2011)

Bachmann: Freeze Veterans’ Health Care, Slash Disability Compensation (Jan. 29, 2011)

Bachmann: ‘Obamacare’ . . . the ‘Crown Jewel of Socialism’ (Jan. 19, 2011)

Weak Support for Health Care Law Repeal (Jan. 17, 2011)

Bachmann Healthscare Strikeout (Apr. 1, 2010)

Bachmann Healthcare Paranoia (Feb. 3, 2010)

Bachmann Stunt Back to Roots (Nov. 1, 2009)

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