Michele Bachmann has shown a disturbing tendency to repeat clearly absurd claims made to her by people at her appearances — or perhaps to just invent them herself. Either one is a bad thing, of course. At a townhall meeting on Wednesday, she dropped a few of these nuggets of stupidity.
– “Under Obamacare illegal aliens don’t have to pay for Obamacare. Only American citizens pay for Obamacare. […] Illegal aliens have the possibility of getting the care, but they have no requirement to pay for the care. Only the citizens do.”
Wrong. The health care reform bill did not change the rules on citizenship at all, in any way. Hospitals must treat anyone who needs treatment, including those who may be here illegally. What would she propose as an alternative, letting them die on the sidewalks?
– “One man stood up, he was over 7-feet tall. He was a physician in the community. And he said, ‘I had a little lady in my office and because of Obamacare, I had to call the IRS and I had to get a number to put on a form before I could see her.’”
He was either lying to you or he was a figment of your imagination. Maybe Jesus came to you in a dream, mistakenly thinking you were a Muslim. The only role the IRS plays in health care reform at all is enforcing the health insurance requirement, which has nothing to do with any doctor’s office would have to do. And even that part doesn’t to into effect until 2014.