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Bachmann: Obama Speech Dismissive, Angry

By Ashley Martella   |   Thursday, 10 Sep 2009 08:14 PM

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., says the objections of Americans to the Democrats’ proposed healthcare reform clearly demonstrated at the town hall meetings across the county were apparently disregarded completely by President Obama as illustrated by his Wednesday night healthcare overhaul address.

“I thought really it was quite a stunning speech because the president essentially dismissed the legitimate concerns of the American people that were expressed all through the month of August and also July. The president went forward with his plans which are antithetical to what the American people stated clearly and loudly all across the country,” Bachmann says.

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She tells Newsmax.TV Obama made no effort to reach across the aisle.

“It was a highly partisan speech; it was a divisive speech and he was clearly reaching out to the left-leaning portion of his base, the progressive end, because he knows that’s where this battle needs to be fought and the battle will have to be won.”

The second term 6th district Minnesota Republican says the overall goal of the plan is obvious.

“He made it abundantly clear that he is advocating government takeover of healthcare by having government regulate the private insurance industry and also he talked in kind of a veiled language about the public option. But it’s real clear. He doesn’t have a bill with words on paper that he’s giving to the Congress to look at.

“What we had to deal with are two bills, Senator Baucus’ bill in the Senate and also the bill 3200 in the House,” Bachmann says. “That’s all we have to look at. Those bills clearly are the takeover of government healthcare and at the end of the day that’s what Congress will have to vote on and I really believe that Democrats at their political peril will vote on this bill. But it’s not inevitable. I am actually very hopeful because I don’t believe it’s inevitable because the American people are not consenting to this and I think that Democrats will continue to hear loud and clear from their constituents over the course of the next few months,” Bachmann predicts.”

Obama made a passing reference to tort reform. Is he serious about it?

“No he’s not serious about it because he said that he would instruct Kathleen Sebelius, his health and human services secretary, to implement some demonstration projects. Well, we’ve already had demonstration projects that have proved wildly successful in the state of Texas for instance. They have imposed tort reform, it’s done wonders for Texas. We’ve already had that demonstration project. There is nothing in any bill that would mandate tort reform and without the government mandating tort reform, trust me, there won’t be tort reform, ” she insists.

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., was sharply criticized for shouting “You lie!” as Obama claimed his plan would not offer free healthcare to illegal aliens. Was Obama telling the truth?

“With all due respect to the president, he is not and Joe Wilson spoke truth on the floor of the House. . .when he was stating his disagreement with the president and we know from the House bill that we have before us, there is language that says illegal aliens will not receive healthcare,” Bachmann says.

“However, there is no enforcement and no verification. So an illegal alien can say I want free healthcare for me and for my family. No one asks are you a legal citizen? No one asks will you show me your documentation that you’re a legal citizen, which means 17 million potentially illegal aliens that are in the United States would have the ability to receive taxpayer-funded healthcare.

“As a matter of fact, the bill that Senator Baucus released yesterday afternoon specifically excluded illegal aliens from having to pay this fee, this new tax of up to $3,850 that President Obama would impose on families that don’t currently have health insurance. This bill is really beyond belief in the House and in the Senate, something the American people clearly are rejecting and I don’t think President Obama made the sale to the American people last night,” Bachmann says.

Asked about the so-called “death panels” that Obama emphatically denies, Bachmann points out that the portion of the House bill that does include “end of life counseling,” was yanked from the Senate bill, which proves it was included. She adds that the proposal also empowers bureaucrats to make the decisions as to who gets health care and how much and says the bill will include rationing because that’s the only way the Democrats’ health reform plan will work.

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