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Bachmann Babbles About Obamacare

Tuesday was the oral argument in the Hobby Lobby case, so some of the far right members of Congress decided to get up and spew some nonsense about the case and about Obamacare in general. Michele Bachmann’s contribution was a rambling, paranoid diatribe about how Obama was going to deny life-saving drugs to her.

“That is government enforced coercion on religious belief,” Bachmann complained. “And it varies at caprice and whim. That’s one thing under the rule of law that has been a pillar of American exceptionalism, the fact that under the rule of law there is certainty for the American people.”

That is some Palin-level word salad there. What the hell is the phrase “American exceptionalism” doing in that paragraph? Again, it’s like a game of Wingnut Madlibs as they try to incorporate every catchphrase they’ve memorized, with the result being gibberish.

“If you looked at the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, you knew with certainty when you woke up tomorrow morning that your religious liberties were intact,” she continued. “Now, apparently today, the gentlemen was in the chamber and heard that, according to at least one Supreme Court justice, in her opinion, they aren’t so much certain anymore.”

“It is not at only the election of the court, but at the election of the unnamed bureaucrat that decides, today we will have these killer drugs that we mandate. Tomorrow, what drugs will they take off the list? Will I not get life-saving drugs that I need to get?”

Bachmann went on to suggest that “only politically-connected best friends” of President Obama’s administration would receive certain surgical procedures in the future.

“We don’t know!” she insisted. “That means that the president and his administration wins their religious liberty, and the right to force their religious views down the throats of the American people… It’s unlike anything we have ever seen before in the history of the United States of America.”

Try to follow the slippery slope here. The administration says that one of the most basic components of women’s health care must be covered by health insurance policies because — get this — it will make people healthier. Bachmann leaps from that to this bizarre idea that they will also deny medical care to their political enemies. Never mind that it would be political suicide to do it. Never mind that these are private insurance companies. Never mind that no court would allow that. They’ll make any argument, no matter how utterly idiotic it is, if it serves their agenda.

Louis Gohmert joined in too:

For his part, Gohmert said he was just thankful that there were still conservative Supreme Court justices on the bench who could rule against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate.

“God bless Justice Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas,” Gohmert said. “It is extraordinary if you spend time with Justice Thomas, you find out just how brilliant he is. He didn’t need Affirmative Action to get him into Yale Law School.”

Actually, he did. As I’ve said many times, Thomas is a textbook example of the success of affirmative action. You take a really smart kid from a very disadvantaged background and you give them a chance to compete with the best and the brightest and they often succeed incredibly well. Thomas did exactly that. But if he didn’t need it to get in to Yale, he would have gotten in without it. And he didn’t.

Comments

  1. Trebuchet says

    But if he didn’t need it to get in to Yale, he would have gotten in without it. And he didn’t.

    Sorry, Ed, but I’ve read that about five times now and am still not getting what you are trying to say.

  2. ShowMetheData says

    Bachmann leaps from that to this bizarre idea that they will also deny medical care to their political enemies

    It’s a mirror of what she would do if given the power. She would reward the “right-thinking” people with low cost medicines – and punish the “bad-thinking” people because she has the power to do so. And that’s what the bad people would do to her. It’s bad = punish forever and ever

  3. says

    They’ll make any argument, no matter how utterly idiotic it is, if it serves their agenda.

    If it serves their agenda, it’s not idiotic. Only things that don’t serve their agenda can be idiotic. That’s axiomatic.*

     

    But if he didn’t need it to get in to Yale, he would have gotten in without it. And he didn’t.

    Sure, but can you explain those “unknown unknowns” again?

     
    * Also hydromatic. And ultramatic. Why, it could be greased lightning!

  4. Pierce R. Butler says

    She left out the part about how Obamacare will mandate that we all smoke medical marijuana at our compulsory gay weddings to Mexican Moooslims while the UN melts down our confiscated guns to make UFOs that will spray chemtrails (with glitter!) over George Washington’s and Thomas Paine’s prayer altar at Valley Forge!!!1!

    And the baybeezzz!!!!!1111!!1!1eleventeenty!!!!!!11!

  5. says

    Missy’s sanity is as evident as Tony Ducks jurisprudent jeenyusness.

    @5:

    I like the cut of your jib, young fella and since I’m NEVER gonna get an internet, I want to help out.

    If you made it “Mexican Mooslim Meloncalved Meth Mules” it would be lots more alliterativeer and prolly get some votes!

  6. smrnda says

    I really wish someone would call these people on their word salads ‘exactly what does that mean?’ would be a fun question in an interview.

    On things varying at caprice and whim, that seems like what would or could happen if ‘religious exceptions’ are granted.

  7. caseloweraz says

    Bachman: “It is not at only the election of the court, but at the election of the unnamed bureaucrat that decides, today we will have these killer drugs that we mandate. Tomorrow, what drugs will they take off the list? Will I not get life-saving drugs that I need to get?” (emphasis added)

    Is she babbling about the lethal-injections controversy?

  8. says

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    Oh, noes! If Seagal leaves MurKKKa who will Aryanzona find to replace Shurf Joe Thepiehole? There is a silver lining here, though; if Stevie goes to Russia and they start dubbing all of his films in Russian it will be more difficult to understand what he’s saying–and that’s a good thing.

  9. mikeyb says

    Though I am no big fan of Obamacare, I still think it is a net positive, though an eventual version of single payer would be far superior and less expensive, but that’s not gonna happen anytime soon.

    I hope it doesn’t happen, but if republicans retake the White House with sufficient congressional support and actually overturn Obamacare, I predict it will be an unmitigated disaster, send premiums to the roof for everyone, cause millions instantly to have no insurance and in general cause unmitigated chaos in the health industry if not cause another deep recession. But the right wingers will get what they think they want, and that is what is important.

  10. Ysidro says

    “Mexican Mooslim Meloncalved Meth Mules” is going to be the name of my next (first) band!

  11. matty1 says

    Giving the government authority to say private insurers must cover certain things is not the same as giving them the power to stop the insurers covering other things, is it? The two are completely unrelated, if the government wants to make something illegal they would ban it flat out not hint in an ultra subtle way by subsidising something else.

  12. says

    @16:

    But, but, but what if you hear from an unimpeachable source (the voice inside your head that is HIS voice!) that Obamacare will ONLY be available to Atheomericans and that in order to get it you have to NOT PRAY when you sign up?!?!?!? The HORROR!!

  13. cptdoom says

    You know what other drugs Obamacare forces employers to cover? Chemotherapeutics – drugs that are designed to do nothing but kill human cells (including fetal ones). Clearly Obama just wants everyone to die. /snark

    Only in fundie land can a medication that, among other things, can stop a woman’s ovary from growing a huge cyst that otherwise could burst and kill her be described as a “killer drug.”

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