Bachmann says she lost health insurance, forced into exchange


One of the most vocal critics of President Barack Obama's health care legislation, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., on Thursday again reiterated the Affordable Care Act was a flop – and she said it was affecting her personally.

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

She continued, "We are forced to go on the website and purchase the health insurance plan from the D.C. health exchange. 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 also noted that her husband has "very significant health issues," making health care coverage all the more important to her family. Liberal commentator Paul Begala interrupted her, saying that under Obamacare, they would not be denied coverage. Bachmann said, "Actually, we were just fine before."

Bachmann did not offer specifics about her previous insurance plan or why she lost it. Obama has been under fire from critics because people across the country had been informed by their insurers that they would no longer be covered because of the new federal law, or that their rates would increase. Obama had previously promised that people who like their health care plans can keep them.

CNN notes that a survey indicated that a majority of senators and House members planned to participate in the Affordable Care Act exchanges and take the employer contribution that comes with it. Others plan to obtain insurance in the private market.

On Thursday, Obama said those people would be allowed to keep their insurance for another year.

Minnesota lawmakers were split on Obama's latest action. Some Minnesota Democrats are nervous about fallout from the troubled rollout of Obamacare, MPR News reports.

Bachmann has joined a chorus of critics of the Affordable Care Act since its passage and has helped lead efforts to have it repealed.

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