November 14th, 2013
09:05 PM ET
7 years 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,, 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. dh

    Members of congress were forced on to aca by repubs!!!!
    They all already had coverage under the fed gov plan just like all fed employees. The repubs decided in their all wrong wisdom to take away the employer based coverage that 90% of americans have from congress. Now repubs own that stupid move so Michelle needs to talk to the repub who sponaored that move. Aca is for people who did not have employer sponsored health insurance. Congress HAD EMPLOYER SPONSORED COVERAGE.

    November 15, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  2. JacinJax

    So we're supposed to believe that Bachmann who has been eligible for the best and cheapest insurance in the country that includes her family was told her insurance was cancelled? Bachmann is losing her insurance because she's not going to be a member of Congress as of next year but if she's been insured under the insurance offered to Congress she can't be canceled. So where was the follow up questions about are you insured under the Congressional insurance? Can you produce a letter stating you've been canceled? Why did CNN just let her lie without calling her out on it?

    November 15, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  3. Warren

    "said that her husband has "very significant health issues" making it even more necessary they have coverage."

    She should be very happy, He can no longer be denied coverage......

    November 15, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  4. Minnie Mouse

    You can buy insurance anywhere. The law is not forcing people and telling people where they have to purchase insurance. You should be happy that this law has passed and especially if your husband has health problems. Without this law, he would not get the care needed and be denied like the other millions of people who haven't been able to get coverage either. This law has changed all of this to where no one is denied due to health problems. Maybe now you will change your mind about the law and decide it's not so bad after all.

    November 15, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  5. what is wrong with her?

    And what kind of interviewer is Wolf? Why didn't he ask Ms. Crazy Lady WHY she lost her insurance?

    November 15, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  6. Wondering

    Doesn't she qualify for coverage under the plan for former members of Congress?

    November 15, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  7. jboh

    Michele Bachmann. No further comment needed as to her credibility.

    November 15, 2013 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  8. GI Joe

    Awwwwwww. She's being singled out, along with the other 534 in Congress. For Pity.

    Was that nice enough?

    Her hubby can still get mental health care under ACA. She might want to try it too.

    November 15, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  9. Ron L

    At $172,000 a year salary and working less than 200 days a year are we suppose to feel sorry for her?? I am sure she will be successful in finding insurance she can afford. Lets move on to something worth discussing.

    November 15, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  10. mike

    Why is it that CNN loves to put on "dumb" republicans? Palin and Bachmann only have two places to go... Hannity and CNN.

    November 15, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  11. quinLee

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

    So what's the point of this article? Did she loose her coverage because of Obamacare or something else? It would have been nice to read something other than the obvious–Obamacare is screwed up and Bachmann is a nut who will say anything.

    November 15, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  12. Name

    Rich people losing health insurance... Give me a break. Politicians really grind my gears.

    November 15, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  13. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Well, at least there's one GOOD thing that happend with the obamacare rollout. The teahage got booted off her junk policy that the taxpayers were paying for.

    November 15, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  14. Stop wasting time

    She has the same plan Asa federal employee plus extras. How did she get dropped? What a liar.

    November 15, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  15. Steph

    I thought Congress received FREE health ins/care as part of their benefits???

    November 15, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  16. Greg In Arkansas

    Then she better get off her partisan "high horse" and FIX the ACA or learn to "suck-it-up" like the rest of the people that have no health insurance..............

    November 15, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  17. sonkarlay

    That's a great news because they are getting pay for doing nothing i means zero, i hope they all lost their health insurance that is pay by tax payers to know how it feels like living with out insurance like most Americans

    November 15, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Not credible. How Bachmann is the only member of Congress that's "losing their health insurance because of Obamacare"? Strange, wouldn't you say. If her husband isn't on her health plan, then they're fools.

    November 15, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Members of Congress have good health insurance by any standard, but it’s not free and not reserved only for them – and it’s not government insurance. House and Senate members are allowed to purchase private health insurance offered through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which covers more than 8 million other federal employees, retirees and their families. Bachman stop being a sweet liar.. You don't need Obamacare..

    November 15, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  20. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Once a laughing stock, always a laughing stock.

    November 15, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  21. Columbus Danger

    CNN , you guys totally suck and it is clear you have changed your politics for the sake of ratings. WHO CARES That a multimillionaire has lost her health insurance. She is lying. You guys there need to do some real investigative journalism, bring those days back and stop sensationalizing everything. What is good, what is bad based on the facts is what you should report! Opinions do not count. An independent.

    November 15, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  22. rs

    Ms. Bachmann- You lost your coverage because the Republicans in your caucus elected to drop their federal health insurance plan.
    If this level of untruthfulness is how Republicans are framing their public commentary on the ACA, they are either liars, or severely challenged by reality.

    November 15, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  23. rs

    Such lies on the part of the Right utterly undercut any "advantage" they seem to think they gain by attacking the health care law- chalk this one up with "Death Panels"; so-called "Congressional exemptions" and; the "IRS will run your healthcare".
    How do you wish to go down GOP? As liars or merely delusional?

    Meanwhile your plan for health care insurance for 40 million Americans is...?

    November 15, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  24. wayne

    ...."fierce critic" ? .....more like "nutcase"......

    November 15, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    "Meanwhile your plan for health care insurance for 40 million Americans is...?"
    Conservatives always claim that there are "lots of conservative plans out there." Out where? It's their standard non-answer on everything. "It's out there."

    November 15, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
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