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Bachmann Excited For Government Shutdown, Likens Obamacare To Crack Cocaine

Shilpa Nagesh |
October 1, 2013 | 12:14 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

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Michele Bachmann is a longtime member of the House of Representatives and currently presides as the Republican Conference Chairwoman. Bachmann represents Minnesota's 6th congressional district, which includes cities such as St. Cloud, Stillwater, Blaine, and other Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs.

Bachmann is known as one of the leading opponents of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and the first member of Congress to submit a bill repealing the landmark legislation. During a House vote yesterday night, only six Republicans voted for Obamacare, while the rest, including Bachmann, voted no. Bachmann attributes this to the Republicans "standing by their values."

"Up until this point you’ve seen incredible unity on the part of the Republicans, all weekend long. Up until this vote we’ve been absolutely unified. We've deviated from our agreed position, which was to stop implementation of Obamacare this year,” Bachmann said.

Furthermore, Bachmann continued to emphasize her disapproval of President Obama's healthcare law by comparing it to "crack cocaine" and saying that it something that will easily get the Americans hooked onto more governmental healthcare.

Roger Wyatt, a manager at Reed’s Sales and Services, a local repairs and services shop in St. Paul, Minnesota, believes that Bachmann and the Republicans are on the right track and that Obamacare is "not thought out and poorly planned." 

"The government shouldn't be involved at all. They're supposed to guard the borders, not meddle with other people's affairs," Wyatt said.

Because of the ongoing debates between the Senate and the House, Bachmann supports the current government shutdown and says that conservatives are "excited" because they "got what [they] wanted." 

Bachmann believes that compared to other shutdowns in the past, this one is more significant because it impacts the economy and the American citizens’ livelihoods.

"This isn't just another bill," Bachmann said. "This is consequential. And I think the reason why you've come to this flash point is that this is an extremely consequential bill that will impact every American, and that's why you have such passionate opinions. And we're not giving up and we're not caving in that easily."

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