Democrats are pushing “political poison” with the healthcare bill and are “tone deaf” when it comes to understanding the mood of the country, Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, tells Newsmax.
Explaining what is behind the Democrats’ desire to pass a healthcare bill despite widespread opposition, Bachmann points out that Democrats campaigned on the issue and hope to expand union membership by increasing the size of the government.
“They called it universal care, and it all sounded so great on the campaign trail: ‘Gee, wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone had insurance that someone else paid for?’” Bachmann says.
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Then people realized, “‘Hey, that someone else is me, and it’s going to cost a lot of money,’” Bachman says. “And the more people understood about the healthcare issue — President Obama has given any number of speeches on healthcare; there’s been all sorts of debate about it [and] the more that people have been able to get their information through Newsmax and through alternative media sources — the greater the rejection of this job-killing government takeover of healthcare.”
In fact, says Bachmann, the “more people learn, the more they don’t like it, to the point where today the most recent polling says that 3 out of 4 Americans don’t want this bill. So politically, what got them elected is not selling real well for the folks.”
Indeed, Bachmann says, “This is political poison for the Democrats to push this through, — because remember, it’s one party that will push this bill through. Not one Republican will vote for this bill on its final passage.”
While Democrats are making “a very bad mistake for themselves politically in the short term,” Bachmann says, they calculate that in the long term, passing healthcare legislation will serve them well because it will socialize another 18 percent of the economy.
That’s because once Americans become dependent upon a government entitlement, they “probably won’t want to go backwards,” she observes.
That may be an accurate assessment on Democrats’ part, “but it will devastate the American economy and it will no longer be the bright, vibrant pro-growth economy that we’ve enjoyed for years,” Bachmann says.
In part, Democrats want to expand government because government workers are unionized, providing more support for Democrats.
“If the government controls this aspect of the economy, eventually they’ll come to the point of domination where we will, in all likelihood, see private insurance companies go away,” Bachmann says. “Government will be the provider of healthcare, and then at that point all of those individuals that are working in that sector will become union employees, government union employees.”
Regardless of whether the bill passes, Bachmann predicts that after the November elections, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “will lose her gavel, as she should, because she’s not being representative of the people,” Bachmann says.
After the election of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts, the White House reaction was that President Obama and his aides would work to improve on explaining the healthcare bill to American voters. Asked about that, Bachmann says, “I think they’re politically tone deaf. I think that they don’t want to believe the reality that’s all around them because the Scott Brown election clearly showed the American people repudiating not only healthcare but also how the Obama administration has been dealing with terrorism.”
Bachmann cites the handling of the attempted bombing of an airliner heading for Detroit on Christmas Day.
“People were floored when they saw that the underwear bomber, after less than 50 minutes of interrogation, was given the rights, privileges, and immunities of an American citizen under the Constitution,” Bachmann says, referring to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. “He clearly was not; he was a foreign citizen who had trained with al-Qaida to come and murder almost 300 people. And here he was given the rights, privileges, and immunities of an American citizen? Given a lawyer, told that he can shut up, and not cooperate with an investigation any more? This was absolutely horrendous. And so the American people felt a lot less safe under an Obama administration dealing with terrorists.”
Couple that with the administration’s decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York and to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and what you have is a “failure to realize that their first priority is keeping the American people safe,” Bachmann says.
KSM, as he is known, has already pled guilty, Bachmann notes. But instead of proceeding with a military trial, Bachmann points out, the Obama administration has said, “Oh no, no, no — you don’t want to do that. You really want to come to New York City, don’t you? The scene where you achieved your goal of murdering 3,000 innocent Americans? We’ll give you a lawyer, we’ll give you a trial. Hey, you might be here for two years and have a free platform to the world for your radical beliefs.”
In reaction, Americans are saying, “Are you kidding me?” Bachmann says. “In the center of the greatest city, in New York City, within blocks of ground zero, to give this madman terrorist free rein at taxpayer expense, at hundreds of billions of dollars, to secure his safety and security, and bringing the city virtually to a standstill?”
These and other decisions put Americans on edge, Bachman says, “wondering, Does the White House really have America’s best interest at heart in terms of keeping us safe from terrorists who mean to do us harm?”
Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via e-mail. Go here now.
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