Michele Bachmann may be hosting the "Super Bowl of Freedom" but when it comes to telling the truth, she is on the losing team. Whether trying to scare people with outrageous claims or outright mislead them with lies – lies that can and have been disproven time and again – Michele Bachmann simply can’t be trusted. In the competition for the truth, Michele Bachmann is 0-5, just check out a few of her tall tales below.
While speaking on the House floor, Michele Bachmann said an Obama health adviser thinks health care ought not to be extended to the disabled:
"Rep. Michele Bachmann, R- Minn., made a statement from the floor of the House on July 27 in which she said the American public needed to know what the people who advise Obama about health care reform think. Specifically, she said, Dr. [Ezekiel] Emanuel "says medical care should be reserved for the nondisabled. So watch out if you're disabled."
Politifact.com ruled this claim false, calling Bachmann's claim a "gross distortion of his position."
"But to make the sensational claim that Emanuel says health care should not be extended to the disabled is a gross distortion of his position, lifted out of context from an academic paper in which he poses philosophical ideas but doesn't necessarily endorse them. Emanuel's hefty medical record also counts for something, as well his unequivocal public position against euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide. We rule Bachmann's statement False."
While on the Dennis Miller radio show, Bachmann stated her belief that the Democrats’ legislation would result in all current health care coverage ending in five years:
“On the 16th page, it says whatever health care you have now, it’s going to be gone within five years. So your current health care plan, you’re not going to have in five years.
What you’re going to have is a government plan and a federal bureau is going to decide what you get or if you get anything at all.”
Factcheck.org debunked “Illegal Private Insurance” theory:
“What page 16 actually says is that those who like their current policies are ‘grandfathered’ and can keep them, even if the policies don’t meet new standards.”
Factcheck.org goes on to say that private insurance plans would still be offered in the health insurance exchange, though they would have to compete with a public option.
In an interview with Newsmax on September 10, 2009, Bachmann claimed that the Democrats’ health care reform legislation would allow 17 million illegal immigrants access to taxpayer-funded health care:
“So, an illegal alien can say, ‘I want free health care for me and for my family.’ No one asks, ‘Are you a legal citizen?’ No one asks, ‘Will you show me your documentation that you’re a legal citizen?’ Which means 17 million, potentially, illegal aliens that are in the United States, would have the ability to receive taxpayer-funded health care.”
The notion of illegals being provided free health care was debunked by Factcheck.org:
The idea that illegal immigrants would receive free taxpayer-funded health care was found to be false by the non-partisan factcheck.org. The bill specifically states, “Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States.”
In the same Newsmax interview as above, Bachmann reiterated her understanding of “death panels” in Democrats’ health care legislation:
“…‘Death panels’ isn’t just about end-of-life counseling. Death panels are the bureaucracies that President Obama is establishing, that will -- where bureaucrats will make the decision on who gets health care, and how much. Who will have access to doctors? How quickly? What will the delays be? Because we know, this bill will include rationing.” [Newsmax.com, 9/10/09]
Politifact, on a similar statement:
“Language in the House version of the health bill specifically states: “Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit the Commission or the Center to mandate coverage, reimbursement, or other policies for any public or private payer.”
Politifact also pointed out that the House bill actually specifically prohibits rationing of care through comparative effectiveness research.
In a September 30th statement on the House floor, Bachmann wildly claimed that a provision in the Democrats’ health care reform bill would allow for spur-of-the-moment and secretive abortions for young girls at school:
“…comprehensive primary health services, physicals, treatment of minor acute medical conditions, referrals to follow-up for specialty care – is that abortion? Does that mean that someone’s 13-year-old daughter could walk into a sex clinic, have a pregnancy test done, be taken away to the local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, have their abortion, be back and go home on the school bus that night? Mom and Dad are never the wiser.”
According to Politifact.com:
“We see no language in the three main versions of the bill that would allow school-based clinics, which have a long history of providing basic health services to underprivileged students, to provide abortions. Nor would the clinics even be new — they have been around for three decades.”