Bachmann rails against ‘activist’ court after health care ruling

By David Edwards
Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:47 EDT
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Rep. Michele Bachmann responds to health care ruling
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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on Thursday accused Chief Justice John Roberts and the four other justices who upheld President Barack Obama’s health care reform law of being part of an “activist” Supreme Court.

“It really is a turning point in American history,” Bachmann told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “We will never be the same again. … For my mind, this is clearly unconstitutional. There is no basis in the Constitution for the government to have this level of history-making expansion of power.”

“I urge people to read the dissent that was read from the bench by Justice Kennedy and joined in by Justices Alito and also Scalia,” she continued. “Because that opinion said very clearly that this was an activist court that you saw today. What they did was not just uphold Obamacare, this Supreme Court rewrote Obamacare in line with its own designs. So this is an even more far-reaching decision than anyone had expected or imagined.”

The Minnesota congresswoman went on to call on Americans “who believe in liberty and the Constitution” to elect presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

“If Barack Obama has a second term, we will not be able to get rid of Obamacare and we will remain mired much like Europe is today,” she warned. “We want to be Greece then follow the Supreme Court decision today and re-elect Barack Obama, but if we want to be a pro-growth economy and have millions of high-paying jobs then we have to replace Barack Obama.”

Watch this video from CNN, broadcast June 28, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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