Rep. Michele Bachmann slammed the Obama Administration and vowed to work to repeal the new healthcare legislation, as the Minnesota Republican received the 2010 Conservative Leadership Award from the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute on Monday.
“We cannot negotiate with Obamacare because it cannot be negotiated with,” Bachmann said while accepting the award. “It needs to be 100% repealed and until we can get the point of having a new President we have to be committed to defunding Obamacare, to make sure that it doesn’t get instituted in this country.”
She said that government intervention in the healthcare industry poses a clear threat to our way of life.
“Socialized medicine or the government takeover of healthcare really is the lynchpin of socialism in any nation, that’s what the threat of Obamacare is for America, because it completely retools the way that we do business in this country,” said Bachmann.
Bachmann was awarded the 2010 Conservative Leadership Award for her outstanding career dedicated to the advancement of conservative principles.
“Michelle Bachmann is one of few leaders in this country who is not afraid to stand up to the Obama Administration on critical issues,” said Alyssa Cordova, lecture director at the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.
“She inspires all conservatives to be more courageous and feisty. While liberals do all they can to silence conservative women like Representative Bachmann, the Luce Policy Institute is eager to honor leaders like her,” said Cordova.
Speakers at the Institute’s Conservative Leadership Seminar included former U.S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan, Regnery Publishing President Marji Ross, political commentator Andrea Tantaros, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R.-Va.) and former Virginia Gov. George Allen.
Encouraged by the enthusiasm of the young conservatives in attendance, Rep. Bachmann said, “We need to very seriously consider what is occurring… The decisions that will be made post-November’s elections are ones that we need to keep in mind and should motivate us very highly for all of the elections that will be seen this fall.”
Bachmann stressed that the action of the federal government over the past 18 months has been nothing short of “extraordinary,” citing the federal government’s purchase of the largest privately held banks, insurance, automotive and secondary mortgage companies, and a takeover of private student loan agencies.
Bachmann said she is alarmed by congressional conference committees currently underway to reconcile legislation that would remake the financial services industry and President Obama’s anticipated call for partial federal government takeover of the energy industry through a cap-and trade-system.
“Consider that the federal government could have direct ownership or effectual control of almost three fourths of the private economy and you will see the most stunning concentration of power in the federal government’s hands at any time in the last 234 years of our history,” Bachmann warns. “That’s something that we cannot continue and lay claim in any way with a straight face that we remain free.”