Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann told an unemployed man who was paying $500 a month for insurance that her administration would help him by making sure doctors who offer free services can’t be sued.
“That’s the failure of President Obama, that he didn’t address the cost issue,” the candidate said during an interview with ABC News. “What I will do is allow Alex to buy any health insurance policy he wants anywhere across America with no minimum mandate.”
She added: “Here’s the other thing I’ll do. For doctors and nurses and clinics and hospitals that want to offer free care to people, we’ll give them a liability shield so that no one can sue them. Because we want to encourage people in the health care industry to offer free or reduced care to people, but in exchange for that, we’ll give them a liability shield.”
At a campaign event in October, the Minnesota Republican suggested that a man with “no teeth” should rely on charity.
“We take care of people who are indigent, people without funds. We do that through charitable or we do that through university programs,” she said.
During Tuesday’s interview with ABC News, Bachmann also said that former Presidents Ronald Reagan, James Garfield and Calvin Coolidge would be appropriate choices for Mount Rushmore.
Watch this video from ABC News’s Newsmakers, broadcast Nov. 8, 2011.