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.”