Bachmann calls on hospitals to give away free health care

By Andrew Jones
Monday, October 24, 2011 10:10 EDT
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Bachmann speaks to a tea party rally in Minnesota, April 8, 2010.
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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) added to her list of unorthodox statements Saturday evening by telling an Iowa woman that she could rely on charities to provide health care for her son.

The fading presidential candidate felt that this is the direction the country has to go in protecting the uninsured after vowing again to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“That’s just the way it is,” Bachmann said. “But usually what we have are charitable organizations or hospitals who have enough left over so that they can pick up the cost for the indigent who can’t afford it.”

She added: “Once ‘Obamacare’ is gone, this is what we have to do.“

Bachmann’s statement on health care wasn’t the only eye-brow raising comment she made over the weekend. On Fox News Sunday, she speculated that Muammar Gaddafi “may still” be in power if she was president.

As for throwing out the Affordable Care Act, the plan has been credited for helping insure over 500,000 more young people who didn’t have access to care just two years ago.

The new laws will also extend health care to millions more Americans with pre-existing conditions as it continues to be phased in through 2014.

The U.S. Census Bureau said that 49.9 million Americans went without health insurance in 2010.

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Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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