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Mar 26 2013

Bachmann: Health Care Reform Will Kill People

In something like the 35th time the House has tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Michele Bachmann gave one of her patented speeches full of ignorant fury, saying, “let’s repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens.”

And I’m sure 45 million people without health insurance and therefore without access to routine preventative medical care doesn’t kill anyone at all. And giving them health care will obviously kill them. It all stands to, uh, reason or something.

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  1. 1
    Randomfactor

    45 million people without health insurance and therefore without access to routine preventative medical care doesn’t kill anyone at all.

    “…at least, no one worth mentioning.”

  2. 2
    busterggi

    Still repeating the same lies as she & her fellow ‘baggers have since 2009. GOPpers must have minds like hamster wheels – they make lots of noise but go nowhere.

  3. 3
    Modusoperandi

    If God wanted poor people to have medical care, He would’ve appeared to George Washington at his coronation after the Battle of Fort Sumter and told him to put it in the Decoration of Independence. I can’t believe I have to point out something so obvious.

  4. 4
    d.c.wilson

    20 years from now, republicans will still be pushing the death panels meme.

  5. 5
    =8)-DX

    “let’s repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens.”
    And what’s worse, by literally, she means figuratively.
    What? No?
    Oh, now *that* bites the biscuit.

  6. 6
    theguy

    Going by Bachmann’s “logic” shouldn’t we repeal the Republican Party before it’s too late?

  7. 7
    Ben P

    Still repeating the same lies as she & her fellow ‘baggers have since 2009. GOPpers must have minds like hamster wheels – they make lots of noise but go nowhere.

    Someone hit on it here a few days ago in response to, I think, the Bachmann-Franken, post.

    A lot of Republicans, certainly the rank and file, live in such a closed off thought bubble that they actually think they’re making good arguments. Everyone they talk to agrees with them, so how can it not be a persuasive argument?

  8. 8
    bbgunn

    Once. Just once. I wish a congressional representative with some backbone and a reading comprehension level above Grade 8 would follow one of these underwhelming specimens of intellect and humanity to the podium to ridicule them and their ideas, closing the speech by advising their esteemed colleague that somewhere, a village probably misses them.

  9. 9
    Artor

    And of course, the HMO’s we have now, and their bean counters who routinely deny life-saving care because it hurts the bottom line, could NEVER be characterized as “Death Panels.”

  10. 10
    Modusoperandi

    Artor “And of course, the HMO’s we have now, and their bean counters who routinely deny life-saving care because it hurts the bottom line, could NEVER be characterized as ‘Death Panels.’”
    Oh, please! They’re only Death Panels when the government has them (even when it doesn’t. Especially when it doesn’t). When Job Creating Private Business has them it doesn’t have them and how dare you say such a terrible thing and the customer is always right is the the motto of Job Creating Private Business and anyway it’s the Free Market with its vaunted and inerrant Free Hand so it’s okay that it has them and if they do it to you you can always choose to go to a different Job Creating Private Business with them and if you don’t like it why don’t you go back to Russia and shut up that’s why.

  11. 11
    anubisprime

    Minnesota must be so proud of their representative…good to know such ‘intelligence’ is there to look after their interests.

  12. 12
    John Hinkle

    The Affordable Care Act would be a good name for a heavy metal band.

    On their debut album, the set list could look like:

    1. Kills Women
    2. Kills Children
    3. Kills Senior Citizens
    4. Makes Republicans Say the Darndest Things

  13. 13
    robb

    @anubisprime: as a Minnesotan, i am embarrassed by the spectacle that is bachmann.

  14. 14
    ottod

    Note that the video says, “General Speeches- Up to One Hour Each.” This means that my guanophrenic ex-congresscritter is probably alone in the chamber except for a frightened sound/video tech. The seats behind her are empty, but I doubt if you can judge by that because I’m pretty sure that if anything can empty the room, its a Bachmann tirade.

  15. 15
    steve oberski

    d.c.wilson

    20 years from now, republicans will still be pushing the death panels meme.

    From their Medicaid subsidised wheelchairs.

  16. 16
    Josef Mulroney

    maybe youtube cut michelle bachman off before she declared “we need single payer! we need medicare for all!”

    or not.

  17. 17
    lorn

    Hmmm .. the assertion seems to be that more people getting healthcare will end in more people dead, “literally killed’. This sort of rung a bell. The right-wing media have long used the numbers by a very few studies of people injured, some killed, by medical mistakes to to tar allopathic, conventional, science based, medicine.

    I maintain friendships with a number of people who spend a lot of time soaking in the alternative, ultra-right, media sources. Medical treatment came up in one encounter and I was duly informed that ‘doctors practicing allopathic medicine kill more people than they help’.

    Sooo … it seems, that, according to people properly inculcated in right-wing memes, more medical treatment in fact equates to more people being killed.

    So ends another episode of Squaring the Circle in the right-wing mind.

  18. 18
    Modusoperandi

    d.c.wilson “From their Medicaid subsidised wheelchairs.”
    Medicare subsidized wheelchairs. They earned their Medicare. Medicaid is for The Poors. You know, moochers. And also, at the end, when their non-homelessness is paid for by Medicaid, they earned that, too. Because they built this country. Apparently.

  19. 19
    stever

    She’s right, you know. Obamacare will kill people. But repealing Obamacare will kill people. The Federal government has become the elephant in the living room. Whenever it moves, someone gets stepped on. This would be true even if Congress were not so eager to accelerate down the Road Paved With Good Intentions.

  20. 20
    dingojack

    “She’s right, you know. Obamacare will kill people”.
    Citations required.

    “The Federal government has become the elephant in the living room.”
    So let’s elect some libertards so we can shove the elephants back into the bedroom where they belong. Brilliant!
    @@

    With this kind of calibre, it’s no wonder libertarians are regarded as merely a stale political joke.

    Dingo

  21. 21
    kemist, Dark Lord of the Sith

    It’s mind boggling how mentally competent people can take such things seriously.

    I mean just look at any damn country with single-payer health care. I’m sitting in the one just north of you, for dog’s sake.

    Where are the “death panels” ? I should have seen them. I’ve worked inside and used hospital services many times. The only difference between US hospitals and canadian ones is that they don’t ask you your credit card before you see a doctor here. I can also go to any damn hospital I want to, without worrying about my insurance covering it or not.

    And about canadians living in the US who complain about our health care system. Observe them closely. If anything serious happens to them, you can safely bet that they’ll cross that border back in a hurry.

  22. 22
    blf

    I was duly informed that ‘doctors practicing allopathic medicine kill more people than they help’.

    I need help in finding my jaw. It feel open, off, bounced around on the floor a bit, and has wound up someplace I didn’t notice (probably because I was banging my head against the desk at the time).

  23. 23
    baal

    @anubisprime

    Minnesota is a left leaning State and the republicans (2010 gerrymandering fiasco) drew her a highly republican district that she barely won. She is a point of shame for the State but it’s a stretch to suggest anything but a tiny fraction of the State wanted her in that seat.

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