Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn, speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the court's ruling on President Barack Obama's health care law was announced. AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Bachmann: 'Schizophrenic' ruling undermines court

  • Article by: BRIAN BAKST
  • Associated Press
  • June 28, 2012 - 3:39 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann slammed Thursday's ruling to uphold the controversial federal health care law as "schizophrenic" and said it undermines the Supreme Court's credibility.

The former presidential candidate and tea party favorite told The Associated Press she thinks the court went out of its way to uphold the law, making it an activist court in her view. Bachmann was in the room when the Supreme Court issued its opinion.

She said the court's decision to preserve an insurance requirement by calling it a permissible tax went beyond arguments that supporters used to defend the law.

"This undermined the credibility of the Supreme Court first by the court having a schizophrenic view of whether Obamacare is a tax," she said. "They said it is not a tax for purpose of jurisdiction for hearing the case. Then they said it was a tax for upholding the constitutionality."

Bachmann says she is "clearly disappointed" with Chief Justice John Roberts. The appointee of former President George W. Bush provided the swing vote in the 5-4 ruling.

The third-term congresswoman predicted the decision would energize conservatives to push harder to elect Republican Mitt Romney president and put the GOP in charge of the Senate, enabling her side to pursue the law's repeal.

"This is the end of the legal challenge and now we're looking at the beginning of the political challenge," she said.

Businessman Jim Graves, the Democrat challenging Bachmann's re-election, argued against dwelling on past battles.

"Unlike my opponent, Michele Bachmann, we are not interested in politicizing issues," he said. "Rather, we seek to come together as a nation and work towards bipartisan solutions to our challenges."

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