Retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) revisited the long-debunked “death panels” talking point in arguing against the Affordable Care Act on Friday while also blaming undocumented immigrants for taking advantage of U.S. taxpayers for their own medical expenses.
“It will be very unpleasant if the death panels go into effect — that’s the IPAB board,” Bachmann told Situation Room host Wolf Blitzer. “If we have denial of care for women, children, senior citizens. Or if we have problems where people aren’t given the drugs that they need — maybe they’ll be denied drugs for breast cancer. You bet this can happen. That is what i’m worried about. People all across the united states. This is literally an issue of life and death.”
The term, coined by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) in 2009, was quickly reported as the “lie of the year” by PolitiFact. But it was Bachmann who provided the basis for the term earlier that year when she read an article by conservative writer Betsey McGaughey on the House floor.
Bachmann also made repeated references to an unidentified meeting she said she attended Friday morning which she argued substantiated her worst fears about the new law.
“Millions and millions of Americans are losing health insurance right now,” Bachmann argued, even though the state health exchanges mandated by the law will not take effet until Oct. 1. “They’re being thrown off their employer-paid health insurance.”
“But they’ll be eligible to go to the exchanges and buy insurance,” Blitzer countered.
“Not necessarily,” she responded, without accounting for the fact that insurance will be mandatory once the ACA, commonly called “Obamacare,” is fully implemented.
Later in the interview, Blitzer asked Bachmann if she is “happy” that taxpayers would have to pay for healthcare costs for people who decide not to buy insurance.
“You know who shows up,” Blitzer pressed after Bachmann said her oldest son is a physician. “These are people who don’t have health insurance, and we take care of them.”
“Quite often it’s illegal aliens,” Bachmann responded. “Illegal aliens show up, so we the American taxpayer are picking up the tab for people who aren’t American citizens.”
Watch the interview, aired on CNN on Friday, below.
Devastating new ad uses Ronald Reagan’s words against Trump to stunning effect
The Lincoln Project is not the only right-wing group that has been creating attack ads slamming President Donald Trump. Another is Republican Voters Against Trump, which uses the words of President Ronald Reagan in its latest video to illustrate Trump’s failures as president.
In the ad — which lasts one minute and 40 seconds — RVAT contrast Reagan’s words with images of the U.S. during the Trump era. The message is not subtle: Under Trump, the United States is a long way from Reagan’s vision for the country.
The ad isn’t aimed at liberals and progressives, many of whom would argue that Reagan’s economic policies were bad for the American working class during the 1980s. It asks Republicans: “Has your party left you?”
Trump is living in a ‘COVIDless la-la land’ — and can’t understand why he isn’t being taken seriously: CNN’s Cuomo
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo slammed President Donald Trump for demanding people take him seriously as he ignores his own health experts and tries to override recommendations on school closures.
"Another day gone without the president deciding to lead us with a plan of action to fight the pandemic," said Cuomo. "Instead, we now know what he meant by pressuring states to reopen schools, ready or not, without ever offering them a plan to help. If they don't reopen, he will punish the poorest students. He said he's going to pull federal aid, and the kids that get most of that aid are the neediest. Many of them are white, by the way, and from families that may be Trumpers."
‘He doesn’t care about those kids at all’: Anderson Cooper tears into Trump for pressuring schools to reopen
On CNN Wednesday, Anderson Cooper blasted President Donald Trump's attempts to push schools to reopen without a plan to keep students safe.
"Today the president of the United States did something rare: he expressed a notion that we can all agree on, that kids belong in the classroom," said Cooper. "But then made it quite clear beyond what it means to himself and his re-election, he doesn't actually care about those kids at all. He doesn't care about their health and safety, nor the health of their teachers and parents, and federal guidelines for keeping them safe."
"The president bragged today about getting the CDC to change their guidelines to weaken them, and lo and behold, the CDC, which used to be a world-respected organization, they are going to come up with new guidelines, less difficult ones," said Cooper. "Just think about that. The CDC puts together guidelines based on science to protect kids and teachers, staying six feet apart and masks and having air flow in rooms and washing hands, and because the president thinks it's too difficult, the CDC is going to weaken them."