Bachmann: ‘Obama Care’ Is ‘Crown Jewel Of Socialism’

By Holly Wagner, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Some of the nation’s top conservatives are in Washington right now, and many of them are eying the White House in 2012.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota kicked off the Conservative Political Action Conference’s three-day event.

The CPAC is seen as the first major event for potential 2012 presidential candidates to test the waters.

Bachmann told the crowd “Obama Care” is the “crown jewel of socialism” and that repealing the health care bill is the “driving motivation in her life.”

She also urged conservatives to come together to win what she called the “White House Triple Crown.”

“You helped pry that big gavel out of Speaker Pelosi’s hands. Did anybody see that?” Bachmann said.

Rep. Bachmann told the crowd they helped win the House, now it’s on to the Senate and the White House for 2012.

However, Bachmann didn’t come out and say whether she will run for president.

She did spend a lot of time talking about the need for conservatives to unite over fiscal, social and national security issues, in an effort to take control of Washington in the next election.

“The all-important must have for 2012 is this: Making Barack Obama a one-term president, right? Stand up, stand up,” Bachmann said.

Roughly 11,000 people are expected to attend this three-day event.

New York businessman Donald Trump, who has been rumored as a potential presidential candidate, is speaking Thursday night. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will speak Friday afternoon.

Other people who will be part of the conference include former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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  • Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste

    She called that one right

    • Johnbob

      Thank God we have Michelle for comic relief!

    • Charles

      Mark! You’re a clown!

    • Jennifer

      Bachmann is the crown jewel of Idiocy.

  • GLP

    Bachman is just another WWH maybe if Congress had the same health care the rest of us have she might just SHUT UP. Why do I have to pay for her health care oh I forgot she’s WWH and better then the rest of us true HARD WORKING AMERICANS. Another bought and paid for politician. Gee we sure do have the best politicians that the insurance companies can buy. Just leave it to the Greedy Old Partty oh I’m sorry the Tea baggers

    • deb

      I agree. I just wish someone would get her to shut her big fat pie hole.

  • Shelley

    Conflict of interest? She & her husband own a counseling clinic and she is may be concerned that the health care bill might cut into their profits. Apparently federal handouts are ok if she is getting them. As a member of Congress she doesn’t seem to mind having her health benefits.

  • Tony

    I like Michelle Bachmann, but she’s one of the crazies from both parties so as far as I see it, not really Presidential material, she’d be the Republican Barack Obama. Take a close look at “The Donald” He’s been running businesses and making a profit for year, and he isn’t no friend of China and what their doing to their currency. We need someone with just a bit of common sense to run things not another political ideologue of “either” party.

    • Melissa

      I like Donald Trump as well. This country needs a very successfull business tycoon to get us out of the hole we are in. No more gov bail-outs, no more wasteful programs, no more waste. I think this man could do it, but is America ready?

    • JG

      I’ll go with you on that one Tony. We need people that will govern with common sense. There are other parties out there that do just that. People just believe that voting someone from that party is “Stealing Votes” from whom they want in that office.

  • JG

    People, look up Socialism and look up Facism. Which party is which? Remember it was the GOP that went after the consitution and our rights. Look up the Patriot Act. We are nowhere near socialism in the USA. Capitalism is alive and thriving, just not doing real well right now. More companies get money from the government than people do.

    • markH

      Perhaps, but keep in mind that Social Security and even our tax codes are products of socialistic thinking-I don’t hear anyone calling for an end to Social Security (even though the average retiree will draw his entire contributions within 4 years, then it’s others who are supporting his continuing paychecks from Uncle Sam), and I can’t tell you how many people I know who get federal tax refunds that EXCEED what they actually paid in federal taxes. This IS socialism, but the idiots out there want to criticize Obama and call him a socialist? Jesus H. Christ-get real folks!

      • Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste

        @markH You really don’t know much about economics do you?

      • Dope

        I have heard people say that about federal tax refunds before & I can’t believe there are still morons out there that believe it’s true.

    • Brad J

      Excuse me? Being forced to buy a service is capitalism? How about the President says you must by 4 oranges a day or else you are fined. His health care plan says just that(minus the oranges). You will not convince me otherwise. Socialism is alive and doing very well in the USA! I am glad all the people are standing up for our rights and will fight this healthcare bill tooth and nail. Because that my friend is what America is about!!! Sticking together and protecting our freedom! That is what I love about our country!

  • Tony

    Oh and as far as Obama-care goes…well lets just make sure it goes into the dustbin of history and just chock it up to a bad idea. Thanks to Obama-care we “Lost” our health insurance coverage. Within 30 days of that bill being passed into law my wife’s employer jacked up our premium from $400.00 a month to $1400 a month. Thats an amount we cannot afford to pay, so we had to drop it. Thanks alot…I’ll leave the rest unsaid

    • Sorry Tony . . .

      This is some BS propaganda . . . “Within 30 days of that bill being passed into law my wife’s employer jacked up our premium from $400.00 a month to $1400 a month.” NONE OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL TOOK EFFECT THAT FAST. My Grandma died minutes after the Patriot Act was signed into law – that must be related too.
      REPUBLICAN former Senator Dave Durenberger AN EXPERT on healthcare said that the new health bill was a great step in the right direction.

      • eric

        I agree…..Nice story Tony, but either you are lying or your wife’s employer is open to be prosecuted…. to prove you’re not lying, repost with the name of the employer and I can verify in 3 hrs.

    • PL

      how can you drop your health care..we do not have the option unless we can prove we have insurance else where. We are forced to pay and take this health care and it was like that durning Bush has NOTHING to do with Obama. and Bachmann please move we dislike you so very very much in mn. I’m surprised shes married who would want to climb into bed with that she devil.

      • Mary

        I agree with PL

  • helper

    Bachmann is the Crown Jewel of Minnesota ignorance.

    What a laughing stock!


    If you would take everything that Bachmann says about healthcare and impliment it. There would be no health care for the seniors, wash out medicade etc. and then let only those that can afford a health policy have one. How many people would agree with Bachmann then. How many terriblely sick people would we have in this country, how many of these tea party people would take over the responsibilty of their parents, chiildren etc. in their own homes?? The health care issue is real, it is over whelming the country and it has to be enacted,

  • Tom

    Well Since Bachmanns insurance is threw the gov’t someone should ask her how she feels being socialist. Everybody becomes a socialist when they reitre and start collecting social security and medicare.

  • Tea Anyone?

    @Tony….WELL SAID! I agree…Bachman does have SOME good ideas….but she is really going too far! Bachman is to the RIGHT what Wellstone was to the LEFT! Both a little too far out there….

  • JB

    The ONLY republican worth his salt and worth voting for for President is RON PAUL.
    RON PAUL has been consistent in what he stands for which is Freedom,Liberty, and Rights. RON PAUL is the ONLY man who would put a stop to this Police State that we now have.

    • JD

      What about Huckabee?

  • Irishfae

    She should get together with Palin and run for office.

    • dally

      or shoot porn but im sure they would just as bad at that as anything else they do

  • JD

    Michelle Bachman is just full of Michelle Bachman. I wonder, if she had a pre-existing medical condition would she be singing the same tune?

  • Tom


    Is Ron Paul for rights, freedom, liberty for all? Or just a select few?

    • GLP

      Juat a select few

  • Mark

    The one thing people seam to forget is that Bachman and her husband own several health clinics. This health care reform would kill her cash cow!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Peter

    Repealing the health care bill is the “driving motivation in her life”? you’d think her husband or kids would be, not taking healthcare away from the poor.

  • Nancy Aleshire

    Michele Bachman does have a pre-existing condition. It is called “diarrhea of the mouth”. I am shocked she went to law school at ORU. I used to live near Oral Roberts University and it is a beautiful school and the people of Oklahoma were very caring. We had people give us food, clothing and furniture. It never rubbed off on Michele, though. She has no idea what it is like being poor or homeless.

  • NancyFancy

    Nancy, are you poor or homeless?

    Seems we all can grasp an idea…

    Liberals are just upset that she’s the hot potato. I am so sick of people whining and complaining about things. Grow up – focus on your life and make something of it. When you have enough common sense, vote republican.

    • pondering this nitwit

      if she’s the hot potato then you folks to the far right are totally fricked. Today and the next 20 years.

      She’s what they call Skanky. Right there with that skinny skanky Ann Coultier.
      Kinda hope they run into Hitler and Stalin when they get to he!! myself. They can all play tootsie

  • Sad day...

    Reading these comments from one side and the other side makes me wonder if it is at all about our policies we wish to support and those polititians who side with us. It is really about the desire to meet one another on the street for a fist fight – the winner gets their way. It is sad.

    • tea anyone?

      @sad…..I think this is a good forum to voice your opinion! We may all be a little vocal….but fist fight? Not in MN….remember MN Nice? With the cold we have to deal with…..we HAVE to be nice to each other! I may disagree with a LOT of what people have to say…..but…your all still my neighbors…..

  • tea anyone?

    @Nancy…so…she went to ORU an worked her BUTT off to FINISH school….OK..there may have been some money behind her…but she worked hard I am sure. I just don’t see ANYONE’s right to question her sucsess? let alone her ability to care…..
    Again…..I think she is a little whaco…..but I think her voice needs to be heard! It’s a little “too right” for me..but…with the FAR LEFT in charge….you fight fire with fire…

  • Govt HealthCare??

    Wow, some of you should do you research on what this is going to cost businesses and/or yourself. Geez wake up people.

    • more tea

      I have to agree…..SO I try my best to keep in shape…eat well…..take care of myself…but when the crack smoker has heart issues from abusing his or her body for years….we spend $200K for a temp fix..only to have then back on the pipe and back for another $200k worth of FREE health care! I guess….Maybe we should change our state motto: “MN where we have the healthiest/richest homeless people in the world!” ENOUGH! Quit spending MY money, and I’ll quit giving people advice!

  • JD

    Trump/ Ventura 2012.

  • David J. Conklin

    >Bachmann is the Crown Jewel of Minnesota ignorance.
    Make that Tea Party ignorance and leave our state out of it. Too bad we can yank her citizenship.

  • Dave

    Bachmann is a living example of corporate America winning! She doesn’t represent people of Minnesota but she does represent corporate America. But so is Obama care! The battle is over. There is no democracy anymore!
    Do a Utube search on Chris Hedges. Think for yourself!

  • Ginger Shepla

    Thank goodness for Michele and others like her willing to fight for the hard working people of this country. We need to desperately repeal this horrible mistake of obamacard and get real health care reform started. What about cafeteria style health care, after all, why should people have to pay for things they will never use? I know progressives are very much against this as they want everyone to share in the pain except for those that don’t like to work. Please Michele, keep fighting for us. I hope someday the hard workers of this country are rewarded for their hard work instead of being continually penalized. Otherwise, there will be no hard workers left, it will just be easier to sit back and let someone else bear the burden.

    • TS

      Right on.

    • eric

      OH Ginger…..PLEASE do your homework before posting!!! Progressives are absolutely Not against a “cafeteria style health care”… Who is? Every single insurance provider in the nation…and since they control 90% of the Republicans in the House and Senate, that’s why something like that can’t get passed.

    • PAUL


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