On the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) called President Obama's health care reform law "the crown jewel of socialism."
Bachmann, the founder of the Tea Party Caucus in the House, made her remarks during a debate that led to the passage of the bill aiming to repeal Democrats' health care legislation passed last year. The vote was 245 to 189, with 3 Democrats joining all 242 Republicans.
Although Democratic leaders in the Senate have said they will not act on the bill, stunting its progress, Bachmann insists that the vote is not just symbolic: "We aren't going to just check the box off and say we had one vote and we're going to move on to other topics." She said Republicans would work to prevent funding on the bill so it can not be implemented.
This is not the first time the controversial congresswoman has attracted attention for her choice words on health care reform. At a heatlh care forum last February she suggested the Democrats' bill would lead to a "gangster government" that would prevent those who criticized reform from receiving care.