Bachmann: Our ObamaCare alternative needs to be put on table

This is a rush transcript from "Your World," November 13, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Meanwhile, blue states seeing red? Well, some of them racking up big health care cancellation numbers, California just hitting the one million mark. That is a lot of people being told ta-ta, and something Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann warned about from the very beginning. Congresswoman, thank you for joining us.

You know, when you add this up, Congresswoman, and all the states that are seeing very big enrollment issues, not -- and then a lot of people just losing their -- their coverage outright, these are traditionally big blue states, big Democratic states. And they are in a world of hurt. What do you make of that?

REP. MICHELE BACHMANN, R-MINN.: They are in a world of hurt because it's real people, people that don't have a lot of means and a lot of resources, and they are getting very bad news.

I have had people call me, call my office, stop me on the street. I will be out again this weekend. And I'm hearing the same story. We have had over 146,000 in Minnesota alone. In fact, our Democrat governor came out today and -- and just like a lot of other Democrats, said, we have got to let people keep their health insurance.

But, in order to do that, Neil, we all know you would have to literally pull the heart and soul out of ObamaCare to make that happen. The president has no intention of doing that. He kind of wants to have his cake and eat it, too. But that's again why, like you rightly reported, people don't trust him anymore.

They don't see him as an honest person anymore because their lives are being negatively impacted. And now what's he going to do about it? Rhetoric won't work when people don't have health insurance.


CAVUTO: What do you think happens now, Congresswoman? I agree with you that the math is not favoring him right now and these numbers...

BACHMANN: That's right.

CAVUTO: ... hint at even more anemic returns, and particularly the disappointing young portion who are getting into this, virtually none.

So, where is this going? How is this going to play out in Washington the next couple of years?

BACHMANN: Well, it's going to be very harmful, I think, for the Democrats.

That's why they are all running, screaming looking for any corner that they can go to where they can, gee, not me, not me, when actually it's their fault. But I think really the most positive thing that we could do for your viewers that are watching right now is to say, look, there are 30 million people that didn't have health insurance.

Here is a system for those 30 million people. But for the 300 million people who figured out another way, let's make sure we open up and legalize a completely private market and bring down the cost of health care, and then maybe some of those 30 million that didn't have health care may want to choose that, rather than the government system, because, in essence, what happened is, health care was a private property right that we owned.

Now the government wants to own our private property. It's not working so well, likely not going to get any better. And I think that the Democrats, if they are wise, are going to listen to the suffering of the American people now or they could take a bath in 2014 politically.

CAVUTO: Do you think though that, Congresswoman, that -- I know what you are saying about offering up a private alternative for the rest, that the perception among a lot of Americans particularly in these poll numbers that are coming out is Congress is held to a 9 percent approval rating, largely on the belief that Republicans are good at ripping something up, but proposing nothing of their own.

So, do you think that Republicans have to be very careful of looking like more obstructionists, but they don't construct anything?

BACHMANN: Well, our positive alternative does need to be put on the table.

We have got one. We talked about it at a noon luncheon today among the House Republicans. We have got a plan. We have got very strong sponsorship, over 100 members. We're growing even as we speak. That's something that I think you will probably see shortly come on the floor that we are for.

And, again, all it is to make sure that we can bring down the costs, expand the coverage, because, remember, it all sounded wonderful when the president said we're going to pay a lot less and get a lot more. Just the reverse is happening.

That's what we actually want to make reality for people. I think we need to get to it, because that's what the American people want to know. What is the plan? It's like the old saying, where is the beef? Where's the plan? We have got one and we need to get it out there and let's start talking about what we can do, rather what this mess looks like.

CAVUTO: Congresswoman, thank you very much.

BACHMANN: Good to talk to you, Neil.

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