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Bachmann on ‘Meet the Press’: Obama a health care ‘dictator’

Obama advisor Hilary Rosen, who is in seclusion after her politically incorrect statement about Ann Romney having never worked, had been scheduled to be on “Meet the Press” Sunday to talk about gender politics, but she canceled so NBC came up with a Dem/Repub faceoff between New York Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand and Minnesota’s own U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Bachmann said that women were bearing the brunt of President Obama’s terrible economic policies, for example by paying high prices for gasoline. (No, she didn’t exactly say that women pay more for gas then men.) When Gillibrand poked the Repubs for their recent defense of employers’ right to control whether health insurance policies would cover contraception, Bachmann said the goal of Republicans was merely to let women control their own choices. (Huh?)

While on health care, Bachmann managed to repeat her claim that Obama plans to do away with Medicare and force the elderly to get their health care through Obamacare. She didn’t specify this time her basis for that, but in the past, she has based it on something she claimed to have heard Obama mutter under his breath at an off-the-record White House meeting she claimed to have attended.

She also said (I don’t know if this is a new line) that Obamacare makes the president into the “health care dictator” of the nation.

Bachmann still hasn’t endorsed Mitt Romney for the Repub nomination, but she said on Sunday that she is studying that and she spoke very highly of Romney throughout the interview, calling him “smart,” saying he knew how to create jobs and saying that women (but one assumes all Americans) would be much better off economically under Romney’s policies than Obama’s.

Here’s the “Meet the Press” segment:

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Comments (12)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 04/16/2012 - 10:22 am.

    As Is Always the Case with “Conservatives”

    You can tell what they would do by what they accuse others of doing (those others, of course, doing no such thing).

    Ms. Bachmann makes it crystal clear in her accusations against President Obama what she would do with healthcare if she were ever to gain the power to do it:

    Make herself a health care “dictator:” i.e. a one-person “death panel.” I shudder to think how she would decide who should live and who should die, since conserving and protecting life is nearly ALWAYS the more expensive and, therefore, the “big government” option (unless, of course some of her wealthy donors and cronies were getting rich providing the services necessary to conserve those lives).

  2. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 04/16/2012 - 12:34 pm.

    Doncha’ know? Didn’t get it by now?

    The preferred “health care dictator” is the dollar. Your worth is dependent on your net worth.

  3. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 04/16/2012 - 10:47 am.

    Of course she’s right

    1) Obama plans on taking $500 billion out of Medicare to help pay for Obamacare. They don’t deny it, they just say it’ll be $50 billion a year over 10 years as if that makes a difference. With the baby boomers retiring, Medicare costs will increase over the next ten years so why does he think he can cut it by $50 billion a year?

    and 2) he told the health insurance companies and the Catholic church that they WOULD cover free contraceptives. If he can dictate to them what their policies must cover, he’s the defacto health care dictator.

    • Submitted by Paul Scott on 04/16/2012 - 02:51 pm.

      not persuaded

      It’s a decrease in the rise of costs. Medicare is bloated with waste. I thought conservatives were supportive of culling out waste.

      If telling an employer or insurer that they have to provide a baseline of services makes you a dictator what word have you reserved for, I don’t know, the thug running Syria?

    • Submitted by Neal Rovick on 04/16/2012 - 03:29 pm.

      Apparently, a different Mr. Tester said just a couple days ago:


      It’s not the silliness that bothers me because for the most part, those “stories” run the 24-hour news cycle and go away.

      What bothers me is the outright revisionist history and blatant falsehoods that politicians and their team spew on the teevee without the press calling them on it. Maybe if the press were more like journalists and less like stenographers less BS would make it to the public’s eyes and ears.


      (end quote)

  4. Submitted by Rod Loper on 04/16/2012 - 12:27 pm.

    There she goes again.

    Why doesen’t she get off the national media and come home to defend her earmark bridge over
    the St.Croix? It is three times more expensive than needed , enriches real estate developers in Wisconsin and drives a wedge in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. On that show, Gregory continued the MSM practice of allowing republicans to carry on talking over the democrat who had the floor.
    The “liberal media” at work.

  5. Submitted by Bruce Leier on 04/16/2012 - 02:31 pm.

    I wonder where is the parallel world the MB inhabits? The sky there must be yellow!

  6. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 04/16/2012 - 02:49 pm.

    Ummm, Dennis?????

    you DO realize that Obamacare was also passed by Congress, or that virtually every state has healthcare mandates written into state law? If that makes you a “Dictator”, then I think this country has more Dictators than it does Loyal Subjects.

  7. Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 04/16/2012 - 09:27 pm.

    If Mrs. Bachmann would spend some time doing her job

    she might realize that abolishing Medicare is her party’s goal, such as in the Paul Ryan budget. As Greg Kapphahn mentioned above, with right wingers like Bachmann, you can tell what they’re planning when they accuse others of doing it.

  8. Submitted by mark wallek on 04/17/2012 - 09:26 am.

    Why listen to someone we can’t trust

    Bachmann stated clearly at the outset of her quest for ultimate power that, failing to win the endorsement of party or people she would not seek reelection to her current, inadequately powerful position in the House. And here she is, having lied again. So when she opens her mouth, the absence of credibility should be telling to anyone with an ear to hear with. She is not the only bad apple in a rotten congress, but she is decidedly one of the more power hungry. Just look at her hanging around Mitt’s table hoping for a way to gobble up crumbs with dignity.

  9. Submitted by Susan Rego on 04/17/2012 - 11:51 am.

    Fair Debate?

    I’ve never had a stopwatch as I watched Bachmann’s talking head routine. The embedded video allowed an easy way to compare how much time each guest was given to make their case.

    Sen. Gilibrand: 3 minutes, 21 seconds in 4 segments

    Rep. Bachmann: 7 minutes, 8 seconds in 6 segments. She interrupted Sen. Gillbrand three times, the last time just 30 seconds into Gillibrand’s response to a question, and talked for 42 seconds. David Gregory tried to break in a few times, but Bachmann ignored him.

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