MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court opens three days of hearings on the Affordable Care Act — referred to by critics as Obamacare. And some prominent Minnesotans in the health care debate are watching closely.

Rep. Michele Bachmann will be there.

“I got a ticket to be a part of the Supreme Court — to be in the audience to hear the Supreme Court’s decisions,” said Bachmann.

The Republican congresswoman from Minnesota — who’s running for reelection — says her No. 1 priority is the repeal of Obamacare.

But another Republican — former U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger — predicts the law will survive its court challenges and will not be repealed by Congress. He does believe changes will be made, however:

“This law is not the ‘be all and the end all.’ It’s the heart of the policy change that people have been working on forever,” said Durenberger.

Durenberger now heads the National Institute of Health Policy at the University of St Thomas.

Comments (62)
  1. Observer says:

    Thank you, Senator Durenberger, for a voice of reason. 18,000 physicians have a website devoted to taking the age limit off Medicare, adjusting the premiums and payroll deduction, and providing Medicare as a single-payer, public option to all Americans.

  2. KEVIN says:

    Obama should care more about the national dept he is leaving this country. We are heading for bankrupcy because of him and failing to pass any budgets while in office. He’s a total failure and history will prove it.

    1. Death says:

      Doing much better than Reagan or Bush(s)!

      1. DougT says:

        Better at being a emperor want to be perhaps…..

        Its one thing to inherit a problem – its another to make it worse – much worse…..

        Emperor Obama (like his health care bill – stuff it down your throat, read it after its passed trash) has got to go!

        1. jackactionhero says:

          Which problems are worse? Iraq? The economy? Please be specific. You are just ranting and making random insulting comments.

          1. Big Dog says:

            Doug T – Don’t bother answering. I’ll do it for you. “All of the above”. Don’t need to be specific. Practically everything Obama has done has not been good for the country.

            1. Gordon says:

              Kind of hard to do anything with a Republican congress that will not do anything either. Then there is the population like you that supports the Republican agenda that hurts the working person even more.But that what dogs do, whatever their master tells them to do.

              1. Jason says:

                Democrate controlled senate, congress and pres. untill 2010. Repubs took back congress in an historic sweep. Make some more excuses.

                1. Gunnar says:

                  @ Jason Stabilizing an economy that was failing was not going to happen overnight. Any changes even in the 2008-2010 Congress still had to get through the Senate. The Republicans could filibuster to stop changes they did not want such as tax increases. Rather than chastise people by saying make some more excuses how about you learn something other than by listening to talk radio and regurgitating without knowing what you talk about?

              2. Big Dog says:

                Obama not only had a majority in Congress but he enjoyed a super majority in the Senate for his first two years. Even with that kind of support, his only real accomplishment during that time was to run up the debt at a far greater pace than any president before him. Considering Democrats controlled the house, senate, and the executive branch, blaming the republican legislature is about as weak of an argument as it gets.

            2. jackactionhero says:

              Iraq is worse? I’ll have to ask you to clarify that answer. The economy is actually better than it was when Obama took office, but you don’t want to hear that.

              1. Rudy says:

                Jack, the economy only appears better. It has actually been getting worse and worse and worse and worse since Ronny was President. Don’t believe the bull or buy into the appearance. It’s lipstick on a pig.

          2. desert eagle .50 says:

            And what are YOU doing if not the very same thing?

            Please be specific.

            I will be specific: “What problems are worse?” You, JAQ, YOU!

    2. Sumyung Guy says:

      Kevin – What national dept are you talking about? Would it be The Department of Redundancy Department?

    3. you kook says:

      @Marcus, better get some of that home skooling. Spelling is a little tough for ya.

    4. Matt says:

      The failure is the Teaparty Movement. Why do you think you don’t hear anything about them anymore… They all realized they messed up this country by trying to block change. Also on that note. this so called Obamacare was a Republican bill

  3. Sumyung Guy says:

    I get tired of healthcare reform being termed “Obamacare.” Why didn’t the media call The Patriot Act “Bushcarelessness”???

    1. Journeyone says:

      Great COMMENT

    2. CriminalsRule says:

      “Bushcarelessness”??? Maybe Clinton should have been more worried about Bin Laden then Monica. Oh great job by Bill to lie to the America people as well as do nothing to help the economy that was tanking in the last two years of his presidency…
      By the way before anyone says I am Bush supporter, sorry to say I am not. I actually voted for Kerry and Gore so there!!

    3. feihunyouj says:

      Per ora, a parte il teaser che mstora poco o nulla, possiamo giudicare solo la grafica dagli screen..b , dire che non ben realizzata non ha molto senso. Se gli sviluppatori puntano su una base grafica a “cartoon” poco importa, quello che conta che sia realizzata bene! E qui, secondo me, di atmosfera(come dice galilee) e grafica “tetra” ce n’ abbastanza..secondo me pi che soddisfacente

  4. G Dog says:

    Dump “Obamacare”. Let’s go back to when insurance companies could drop your coverage the second you were diagnosed with cancer.

    1. Joey Stalin says:

      Then were the good ol’ days indeed.
      Liked the chemical dependency that they may or may not cover – depended on the claim handlers hangover.
      Or the pregnancy …. Dear – your policy provides for an emergency C-Section only…then only the hospital stay and not the physicians. Or – “you checked the box that covered it but then waived it by not sending in the executed endorsement we sent you requiring the extra $1.47/mo extra premium.
      Or the pre-existing clause …. that hangnail you had in 1987 caused the immune system to be wekened in later years and that lead to an increase in blood pressure that may have lead to the ulcer in the stomache that may have lead to the bypass being needed. “Sir – that is our position”
      Yes indeed – good old American healthcare back when it was THE stock to own. lol
      I peddled that stuff for 16 years….made a lot of enemies. Some friends too but not many

  5. Bill says:

    A Washington Post poll shows over 95% think the requirement force people to buy insurance is unconstitutional.

    The Obama legacy will be incompetence, arrogance and a disgraceful regard for the constitution.

    1. Death says:

      When the Supreme Court rules it legal, you’ll (and the 95%) have to eat those words lol!

    2. Death says:

      Polls show that the country remains deeply divided on the law. A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that 47 percent of those polled said they approve of the 2010 health care law, with 45 percent expressing disapproval. An ABC/Washington Post poll taken around the same time found 41 percent expressing support for the law, and 56 percent expressing disapproval.

    3. Gordon says:

      I could find no poll that says 95%. More lies

    4. markH says:

      Yes, so in the name of socialism we all have to subsidize the selfishness and ignorance of those who do NOT want to purchase health insurance yet will not hesitate to show up to the doctor knowing the cost will be absorbed by those who have foresight and are responsible.

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  6. Party Time says:

    Bet everyone is ready for the great party to follow….where will it be?
    A bar in DC?????????????

  7. Respectful Citizen says:

    It is simply appalling to see how disrespectful to the office of the presidency so many people can be. I would expect for political opponents to use a silly disrespectful term like ‘obamacare’, but a news outlet affiliated with CBS? In the title of a news story…really?? I am a loyal follower of WCCO but am truly disgusted.

    No matter what you believe politically, we can all agree that the president was simply trying to implement a health care act that helps those of us not fortunate enough to have golden health care plans like the people in congress. Is it perfect? I really don’t know and haven’t read it. I’m sure neither have ANY of the people making comments here and calling it ‘obamacare’.

    we all can agree to disagree. However, educate yourselves before criticizing, and, show some respect for the office of the presidency.

    1. girly man says:

      Toughen up pal if this disgusts you.

    2. Big Dog says:

      Respect is something that is earned. The only thing the current president has earned is my contempt. Come November, whoever is on the ballot with the best chance of defeating he, will get my vote.

      1. gunnar says:

        If you respect only those that think like you are told to think then you probably respect very few people. In return, not many people must care for you as you have a poor attitude towards others.

      2. Real Talk says:

        Big dog has the brains of small bird.

        You think the president controls every facit of public life. He is only the leader of the Executive branch. Your real anger should be at the legistalative branch. All the things you complain about, are things the LEGISLATURE could impact way more than the president.

        It is really hard to have a civil discourse with an individual who has no understanding of our nation’s civics.

  8. Disrespectful Citizen says:

    Respect for a president that uses the Constitution and Bill of Rights like toilet paper? No thanks

    1. Michele says:

      It’s funny, people interpret the Constitution like they interpret the Bible, in whatever way it suits their needs.

    2. Matt says:

      Considering there was no health insurance when the constitution and Bill of Rights was created. I don’t see how it would violate the constitution and bill of rights. Just because you are heartless and don’t care about your fellow man doesn’t make it illegal.

      1. CriminalsRule says:

        Then call your congress person and tell them you are more then happy and willing to pay higher taxes and fees so I don’t have too!!! You want…. You pay for it!!!!

        1. CluelessRules says:

          You are just upset because it won’t cover your much needed brain transplant.

    3. Death says:

      How & in what way? Or are you just talking out your rear?

  9. KEVIN says:

    To respectfull citizen
    Obivious you never heard you earn respect not demand it. THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT NEEDS RESPECT BUT NOT THE MAN IN THE OFFICE.

    1. Real Talk says:

      Wrong you POS. As a man acting in the capacity of the POTUS, he absolutely deserves your respect. He doesnt deserve your admiration or any accoladates from you….but he sure as hell deserves your respect. Heck, most people respect the clerk at McDonalds…let alone the POTUS.

      Telling me the president, i dont care if you are talking about Bush or Obama, doesnt deserve your repesct is unamerican and unpatriotic….pathetic.

  10. Pumphandle says:

    Geez to bad you people didn’t do something with your lives and have employer covered insurance, now I have to pay more to help you nothings get your insurance.

    1. Bobby says:

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  11. Patty says:

    Justice Alito nailed it:

    “today you are arguing that the penalty is not a tax. Tomorrow you are going to be back and you will be arguing that the penalty is a tax.”

    By the way, many people are under the delusion that somehow they can get free health care courtesy of the government.

    Sorry, it’s impossible. Pay for your own health care.

  12. A Voter says:

    Before you know it we will be forced to buy seat-belts, and insurance for our automobiles. Just wait until the Republicans find out.

  13. CriminalsRule says:

    If National healthcare is important to people why don’t you people move to Canada??? Oh that is right, because they don’t have too kinda like I don’t have to pay for your healthcare!!!! Move North and find out how great it is for national healthcare!!! Maybe then you will understand why so many Canadians come down here for medical care.

  14. politicianSUX says:

    Once congress takes themselves off of the podium of greed and removes all healthcare that they have in favor of this “solution”, then I will believe it is right and good. Until congress quits living off of us and subjecting us to a lower standard than they give themselves, this is just one more way to cut costs to the US government so there is more for congress and yes, the President too. Did President Obama ever answer the question if he will give up his health care and move himself and his family to the wonderful program?

  15. story of my life says:

    We have all of these wonderful medical technologies. They are expensive to develop and the cost is passed on to the consumer. Medical costs in general have risen to the point that even basic care is beyond the reach of a large segment of our population. If you are poor and sick, or your loved one is sick, it is understandably frustrating to be denied life itself because you don’t have enough money.Since the Carter administration we have been in the process of making a decision: Should we as a society provide equal access to quality medical care? Its not an easy decision. Its expensive, and comes with many problems. No system in existence is perfect. So ask yourself, do I believe that all US citizens should have equal access to quality medical care that might otherwise be unaffordable?

    1. politicianSUX says:

      you also need to ask if EVERYONE in the united states should have equal access to healthcare, not just US citizens. If you need an example, take for instance California of a place that has a large non recently native and a high illegal populace to see how well this will work out. We give a lot to the entire planet as far as food, healthcare, technology, jobs, and ultimately money. How much are we responsible tfor taking care of the entire planet as opposed to United State Citizens FIRST? I am not sayign we shoudl not, but maybe we need to look at the generousity of our government for taking care of other countries before our own….

      1. good question says:

        That is a good point. We have made considerable accommodations for illegal immigrants. Is access to health care going to be one of them? Personally, I don’t believe we should. It would substantially increase the cost of any program. As an aside, I posted under “story of my life” by accident as I forgot to change Name after a previous post. Other than a nagging head cold, I am in good health and have insurance. I am just wondering whether Obamacare is the right way to go.

  16. Fred Hayek says:

    America is not a socialist country.

    1. desert eagle .50 says:

      Not yet anyway. With Obama it will be; with Jacactionqu**ro (Captain Coprophagia) it will be country of blathering fools.

  17. politicianSUX says:

    I will ask this again, because no one wants to answer this. The democrats forced this through without consulting nor including the republicans. So, why did they EXCLUDE all of congress from it? If this is such a good thing, then why is congress and the President on a different health plan?

  18. Tenbears says:

    Tenbears doe not think the democrats are very normal.

  19. KEVIN says:

    Just athought. I believe the is no longer a DFL party in the USA. It has transformed to SOCIALIST /COMMUNIST PARTY.

    1. markH says:

      I think a more appropriate and accurate example of your “SOCIALIST’ state would be the status quo; everyone subsidizing the ignorant and lazy who do not wish to spend the money on health insurance yet gladly run to the doctor with a cough or sore back. Do you even know what socialism is, Einstein? The way things are NOW is more closely aligned to socialist precepts than the new Health Care Law.

  20. Susan says:

    Clinton did not leave any deficit, He may be weak in the lust part but, he did leave this country better off than when he took office and handed this to Bush, what did Bush Hand Obsma ??? A collapsed banking system.

  21. Susan says:

    sorry. Obama, darn IPad

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