November 14th, 2013
09:05 PM ET
9 months ago

Bachmann: ‘I lost my insurance under Obamacare,’ will be forced into exchange

(CNN) - A fierce critic of President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care initiative, Rep. Michele Bachmann said the law would eventually force her to buy insurance on the DC healthcare exchange.

"I lost my insurance under Obamacare so now I'm forced to go to the DC health exchange," the Minnesota Republican told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” on Thursday.

"We are forced to go on the website and purchase the health insurance plan from the DC health exchange," she reiterated. "We'll do it, but remember there are a few problems with this website. The President acknowledged that. I'm not going to waste my time and frustration until they get the thing fixed."

Bachmann's comments follow Obama's announcement of an administrative change to the Affordable Care Act aimed at allowing those whose insurance is being canceled over the law to keep those plans for another year. Obama had said previously those policy holders would not lose their coverage.

Bachmann did not specify in the interview why she was losing her insurance.

A CNN survey shows most Senators and House members plan to participate in the Obamacare exchanges and take the employer contribution that comes with it. Others are seeking coverage on the private market.

Technical issues have plagued the website, HealthCare.gov, since the launch of the online exchange in October, barring many Americans from completing the signup process.

Obama has apologized for the rocky start and also promised to fix the major glitches in the website so it’s working for most people by month’s end.

Bachmann, a tea party favorite and former Republican presidential candidate, said that her husband has "very significant health issues" making it even more necessary they have coverage.

Healthcare enrollees must sign up for a plan through the exchanges by December 15 to get coverage starting January 1. The later deadline is March 31.

Bachmann did not confirm that she would buy insurance by the December deadline, but simply said she would wait until the system is fixed to purchase insurance.

CNN Capitol Hill reporter Lisa Desjardins and CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


Filed under: Healthcare • Michele Bachmann • Obamacare
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Mightyduk

    She is getting enough in government farm subsidies to pay for her healthcare .

    November 15, 2013 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  2. Aiolus

    If that is all she said it was astonishingly uncrazy... It has left me feeling... a little unsettled.

    November 15, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  3. grifty

    Now's our chance: Death Panel!

    November 15, 2013 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  4. James B Doerrer

    For the most part the healtkcare.gov is working fine here in Florida . There are some hiccups. You have to put in your state twice instead of once. Other than that it seems OK. I hope they have enough blades (servers) in mid December, but then it could if over used lock. Hope this will not happen. You have to handle, I think< about 4million hits at a time.

    November 15, 2013 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  5. Bill from GA

    So why can't the lovely Ms Michelle get it on the open market like many other people making 3 or 4, or more, times the average American income? Maybe then she wouldn't get the Federal Funded employer contribution that comes with it.

    Gotta maximize those taxpayer dollars coming in, right Michelle.

    Well. let's all shed a few tears for Ms Michelle, especially those in the gap between Obamacare and Medicare in states where the governor didn't expand Medicare.

    November 15, 2013 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  6. Screen This

    Really? You don't say? Bachman has negative experience with Obamacare? In other news, the sum is still expected to rise tommorrow.

    November 15, 2013 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  7. Thomas

    Now she will be covered for mental health related problems .

    And so will her husband .

    November 15, 2013 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  8. Are you kidding me?

    I actually cancelled her plan. We want human beings to enroll not cyborgs.

    November 15, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  9. glennrobert

    Bachmann will say anything to keep her name before the public. Why?

    November 15, 2013 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  10. whatever

    Oh my word, you're going to have to pay for insurance? Surely the world is ending if you have to get insurance like the rest of us. For our sake I hope you get your new insurance soon so you can get back on your meds.

    November 15, 2013 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  11. Edward

    Let her whine about it. She shouldn't be getting any special treatment. All of Congress should be subject to it.

    November 15, 2013 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  12. Anonymous

    did she really lose her healthcare? I don't believe it

    November 15, 2013 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  13. Name

    Sweet talk with liar mouth

    November 15, 2013 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  14. kelly

    she is a liar, house reoublicans voted to give up federal insurance to get coverage throgh the exchanges

    November 15, 2013 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  15. Dianne

    I bet she found a better deal and just won't admit it, especially since her husband has health problems.

    November 15, 2013 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  16. John r Moisan

    You mention a CNN poll noting most senators and house members plan to sign up for health care under the ACA. Is Congress lying or does CNN ask poor questions. Congress is insured through a federal employee program like the rest of all fed employees. they don't need to use the ACA sign up process. But there are lots of ACA changes that will help them.

    November 15, 2013 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  17. Maripil

    Bachman is a FRAUD!! Everything that comes between her ugly teeth is a LIE!! As a member of the House of Representatives she has a good health insurance! Time and again she will spew horrible stories to advance her idiotic agenda!!

    November 15, 2013 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  18. Maripil

    Bachman should not be taken seriously as she has continually misrepresented herself!! She has misused her campaign finances that there is an ongoing investigation against her shady dealings!!

    November 15, 2013 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  19. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Batty Bachmann piling on with the rest of the desperate Guns Over People tea potty. The Vitter amendment was their idea.

    November 15, 2013 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  20. g

    RIGHT still laughing ,what did she loose the part that covers mental illness

    November 15, 2013 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  21. Gurgyl

    Great for this nation. GOP thugs play this drama-blame, blame,blame. This nation is sold out by GOP thugs corruption.

    November 15, 2013 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  22. Ron Davis

    Mistakes in this story:
    Bachmann is a resident of Minnesota. She would use that state’s, and not DC’s, exchange.
    No one is forced to go on the website. Everyone can apply by phone or mail, now.
    When Bachmann said “I'm not going to waste my time and frustration until they get the thing fixed," CNN should have taken that opening to ask whether the just-released sign-up numbers are skewed because most people feel the same way.

    November 15, 2013 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  23. Name

    Who cares about your elitest problems Bachman?

    November 15, 2013 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  24. king

    baukman, you and your repub cohorts have been saying obamacare will destroy America, for the last 4years. the problem is the stock markets, employment, an GDP, which measure American economy doesn't show this. ever since obamacare the facts are showing differently than what the repubs have been slinging. stocks have broken records on nearly a monthly basis. the budget is falling faster than anytime in American history, month after month after month of jobs creation which is a record, the richest corporations have ever been. now remind you this is with a program which ensue 1/6 of the American economy. how the hell is this destroying American. i am glad you on it now baukman so you need to get into the exchanges and shut the hell up.

    November 15, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  25. W.G.

    That means her insurance wasn´t worth the paper it was written on . Her insurance was as worthless as her
    time in Congress !1 That´s what she means !

    November 15, 2013 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
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