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Politifact checks Bachmann on IRS- Obamacare connection and it’s not good

In a recent Fox News interview, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann attempted a triple play, making three assertions about the scary nexus between the IRS and the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. They are all contained in this Bachmann statement:

“So now we find out these people [the IRS] are making decisions based on our politics and beliefs, and they’re going to be in charge of our health care. There’s a huge national database that’s being created right now. Your health care, my health care, all the Fox viewers health care, their personal, intimate, most close to the vest secrets will be in that database, and the IRS is in charge of that database? So the IRS will have the ability potentially — will they? — to deny health care, to deny access, to delay health care? This is serious! Based upon our political beliefs? That’s why we have to repeal Obamacare. And I still think it’s possible.”

Politifact checked all three separately.

On the assertion that the IRS “is going to be in charge of our health care,” Politifact ruled: FALSE. Yes, the IRS has a role in the new law, but they are far from in charge.

On the assertion that “The IRS will have the ability potentially” to deny or delay health care, Bachmann’s rating improved to just “MOSTLY FALSE.”

Part three of series focused on whether it’s correct to say that the IRS is going to be in charge of “a huge national database” on health care that will include Americans’ “personal, intimate, most close-to-the-vest-secrets.” Politifact once again granted Bachmann its falser-than-false rating of “PANTS ON FIRE.”

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 05/21/2013 - 04:34 pm.

    Mrs. Bachmann’s

    …reelection does not speak well for the citizens of Minnesota’s 6th District. She continues to be an outright embarrassment to the state, and should be equally embarrassing to a majority of the district’s voters. If not, well, denial ain’t just a river in Egypt…

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 05/21/2013 - 07:33 pm.

    It’s Wonderful to See

    That Rep. Bachmann has recovered from her recent “life threatening” bout of Presidential ambition,…

    to the extent that her amazing level of credibility,…

    and the things she, through her careful scholarship and research, brings to light,…

    have returned to their previously high level of credibility and veracity!

    (snark completely intentional)

  3. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 05/22/2013 - 09:30 am.

    Because dishonesty is such a Chrstian virtue.

    I’ll never get a chance to talk to Bachmann but I wish someone who does would ask her when dishonesty became a Christian virtue? I’ve always thought bearing false witness was one of Gods no no’s but what do I know. Elsewhere on MinnPostt we’ve been discussing all the confusion about Bachmann’s legal career. For some reason despite the fact that the only lawyering job she’s ever had is as a tax attorney for the IRS (that would be the government) even people who work on her campaigns believe she’s been five different kinds of lawyers and put hundred of people behind bars. All that confusion is the product of Bachmann’s own misinformation and deliberate obscurity.

    She’s toast now politically, I doubt she’ll even run again. But in the meantime she appears to have no moral compass to fall back on, and habitual her dishonesty and fear mongering will continue.

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