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Michele Bachmann still linking Obamacare to ‘death panels’

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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Watch the interview, aired on CNN on Friday, below.

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‘Pathetic weenie’ Ted Cruz buried by Morning Joe’s Donny Deutsch for latest suck-up to Trump

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Members of the "Morning Joe " panel were both appalled and disgusted after watching a video of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) pushing Russian propaganda and defending Donald Trump over the weekend, recalling the ugly campaign the president ran against the Texas Republican in 2016.

Addressing Cruz's appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," where he accused Ukraine of meddling in the 2016 election, host Joe Scarborough marveled out at how the senator debased himself in the service of Trump after what happened to him in 2016.

After the host brought up the interview, MSNBC regular Donny Deutsch had a few things to say about Cruz.

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‘Not a well man’: Morning Joe panelists baffled by Trump’s latest bizarre rant

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MSNBC's Donny Deutsch says President Donald Trump's bizarre rant about toilets is a clear sign of mental decline.

The president complained Friday that new toilets must be flushed 10 to 15 times to clear the bowl, and "Morning Joe" panelists tried to make sense of his rant about bathroom facilities.

"That's a lot of flushing," said co-host Mika Brzezinski.

"We asked the White House if they're having issues with the plumbing in the building," said Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire. "Perhaps the president is harkening back to his time as a developer, and maybe at Trump Tower they have high-flush powerful toilets. But we'll keep asking, we'll pursue this -- don't you worry."

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WATCH LIVE: House Judiciary Committee holds second day of hearings on the impeachment of Donald Trump

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The Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee takes up the impeachment of Donald Trump again on Monday morning, with lawmakers expected to hear evidence against the president that could lead to a Senate trial for high crimes and misdemeanors.

Monday's hearing will include opening arguments "made by Barry H. Berke for the committee Democrats and Stephen R. Castor for the Republicans. Daniel S. Goldman, the Democratic counsel for the House Intelligence Committee, will then present the evidence for impeachment, and Mr. Castor will present the evidence against it. Judiciary Committee members will then ask questions," reports the New York Times.

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