Michele Bachmann Continues Her Fear Mongering Against “Obamacare,” Makes Absurd Claim

values-voter-summitThere’s one rule I’ve always tried to utilize when I’m listening to two sides of an argument and I’m trying to decide who it is I want to believe.  The rule is, whichever side seems the most over the top or inflammatory is often the one I believe is lying.

This has been my train of thought when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”).

Do I know for certain it will be a success?  No, I don’t.  I would prefer true universal health care, but this is at least a start.  I’m sure the law will have a few bugs to work out, and have some bumps in the road along the way — but it’s definitely better than the plan we had before.  Which was exactly no plan.

So when people like Michele Bachmann make absurd claims that in the future “Obamacare” will be referred to as “Deathcare,” I simply dismiss anything they have to say about the law.

And that’s exactly what she did.  During a speech at the Values Voter Summit which was filled with what appears to be nothing but lies and right-wing propaganda (shocking, I know) Bachmann said that in the near future, “Obamacare” will be referred to as “Deathcare.”  She also claimed that this is a battle between the “police state” that shut down the government causing places like the WWII memorial to be closed, versus the “Constitutional republic” she claims conservatives like her represent.

I love how Republicans claim to be representing a “Constitutional republic,” yet seem to ignore the fact that “Obamacare” was passed by Congress, signed by the president, upheld by our Supreme Court and then the president who signed it into law was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second-term.  That’s the power of a “Constitutional republic” — something Republicans seem to care nothing about, as they continue to support John Boehner blocking a vote on the Senate’s continuing resolution which would reopen the government.

During her speech, Bachmann said, “This egregious system, that will ultimately be known as ‘Deathcare’ must be defeated.”

She then went on to paint “Obamacare” as a government takeover of the health care system, which of course is a complete lie:

“When the federal government controls your health care, they literally control life and death.”

But once again, the Affordable Care Act is not universal health care or a government run health care system—it’s insurance reform.  However, if government run health care is so terrible, why do so many seniors give Medicare such high ratings?  Our VA hospitals would be much better as well if Republicans weren’t so determined to continue to cut spending for veterans.  Take the billions they hand over to big oil every year, give it to our veterans, and see the quality of the VA care drastically increase.

Also, if socialized medicine is so horrible, why is it that most countries which lead the world in average life expectancy have some form of socialized health care?  Countries like Japan, Australia, Germany, France, Canada, the U.K. all have some form of (if not total) universal health care and are some of the leading nations when it comes to the life expectancy of their citizens.  The average citizen in each of these countries lives into their 80s.

The United States?  We’re at 79.  For example, Australia’s average life expectancy is 82, ours is 79.  That’s only 3 years and it doesn’t sound like much, does it?  But it is.  Especially when you consider the United States at 79 is only two years better than Mexico, which has an average life expectancy of 77 years.

So Bachmann’s claims are not only false on the pretense that “Obamcare” is a government takeover of our health care system, but they’re false on her implication that universal health care will somehow cause more death.

Then again, this is the woman who once said on the floor of the House of Representatives that the health care law “literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens.”  I’m thinking she’s unaware of what the word “literally” means.

But her absurd claims just feed into the seemingly endless train of lies Republicans have been tossing at the Affordable Care Act since before it was signed into law.

The sad part is, conservatives listening to her speech ate all of this up.  I’m sure they cheered and applauded, believing everything she said was “right on the money.”

There’s just one problem—hardly any of what she said was actually true.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • DJD11

    Correct, it’s insurance reform. And pretty mild reform at that.

  • Anthony James Hughes

    I’d crawl under a rock at this time, but it seems my enemies lie there in wait.

  • Jacqueline Jones

    And never once, do they explain how they have come to that horrible concussion, I want to ask , How? Why? And most importantly, what are our options? Do you have any alternatives? How about a solution? Why the heck are their constituents not asking? Is it because they are using God, and the good people’s trust in their god? How can anyone not see the lies?

    • gemma liar

      as was said,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,’ there are none so blind as those who WILL NOT see”

  • bd

    Bachman acts like insurance executives weren’t sentencing people to death for decades.

  • Genie Christie Long

    We need to have a stupidity equivalent of Godwin’s Law. Maybe whoever uses the word “literally” incorrectly first automatically loses.

  • kittyinasock

    This woman needs to get laid, because heaven knows, her husband isn’t helping her out.

    • lindylou

      Keep your fantasies of women just needing to get laid in order to .. whatever. to yourself. Please.

  • Kojo Ferguson

    Its unfortunate but the game of politics no longer has substantiated meaning. If you have a podium and a necktie or a pantsuit, you can say what you want and you have 5 million believers at least. Bachmann knows this as do all of her cohorts and it it is now all about floating crap out there until everyone drowns in it. I would be willing to bet that THEY themselves don’t believe a tenth of what they’re saying that just think the end justifies the means. Somehow the will get their comeuppance.

  • Dave

    Keep us posted on Bachmann’s criminal investigation regarding potential bribes of election officials during the Presidential race in Iowa. Why isn’t the press broadcasting this here and abroad? Because the media is conservative, not liberal. Her credibility is ZERO.

  • Strange1

    Why does anyone give Bachman any air (paper) time anyway? Remember if you feed a stray dog he/she will never go away.

  • agr8wrld

    This woman is dumber than a box of rocks. Thank goodness she isn’t going to be around much longer.

  • Cindy

    And people really care about what she has to say, because………….?????

  • Tommy Chamberlain

    It never ceases to amaze me that the people who believe in her and her ilk, continue to vote against their own best interests.

  • Skyhollower

    This woman is insane. Not only has she started calling this deathcare, apparently Obamacare is a sign of the end times. I heard from somewhere, not sure if this is true or not, that she was going to try and pass legislation to help insure that America is protected before the 4 horsemen come riding on in. Seriously. I doubt you can legislate who will get into heaven and who will be picked for the rapture. I also don’t know, as I am not a politician, but I see that as a clear violation of the 1st amendment that states you have to separate church and state. Being a right wing wingnut and a constitutionalist you would think she would know that.