GOP U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has not been shy about voicing her concerns over the federal health care law enacted under President Obama. But today Bachmann upped the rhetoric on the law by saying on the House floor that the law will “literally kill people.”
“The American people, especially vulnerable women, vulnerable children, vulnerable senior citizens now get to pay more and get less,” Bachmann said. “That’s why we’re here because we’re saying let’s repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens. Let’s not do that.”
Bachmann’s comments come one day after Gov. Dayton signed a bill that creates a Minnesota-based health insurance exchange. The exchange, which is the centerpiece of the federal health care law, will create an online marketplace for health insurance. Advocates of the plan say roughly 1.3 million Minnesotans will shop for health care on the site. It is expected to insure 300,000 Minnesotans who don’t have health coverage today.
Bachmann has been no stranger to making dramatic statements that end up being false. She got a lot of blowback this week from fact-checkers who took aim at her comments at CPAC last weekend.
Bachmann lost a bid to be the GOP presidential candidate last year and went on to narrowly win her re-election bid against Democrat Jim Graves. On Monday, she declined to say whether she intends to run for the U.S. Senate or for re-election in 2014.