Bachmann: Obamacare Could Lead to One-Child Policy

Thursday, 08 Mar 2012 01:03 PM

By Martin Gould

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American families could be forced to live under a one-child policy similar to Communist China’s as a result of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has claimed.

It would only take a natural extension of the logic behind the administration’s insistence that contraception should be covered by insurance plans, the Minnesota congresswoman told Glenn Beck’s online television network.

“What the government gives, the government can take away,” Bachmann said.

“It certainly isn’t beyond the pale to think, in light of Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services Secretary — she said that it’s important that we have contraceptives because that prevents pregnancy, and pregnancy is more expensive to the federal government.

“Going with that logic, according to our own Health and Human Services secretary, it isn’t far-fetched to think that the president of the United States could say, ‘We need to save healthcare expenses — the federal government will only pay for one baby to be born in the hospital per family, or two babies to be born per family.’

“That could happen. We think it couldn’t?”

When pressed by anchor Amy Holmes, Bachmann said she did not necessarily believe that Obama would invoke a policy similar to the one in China, but said he had the power as “a healthcare dictator” to do so.

“I’m not saying he is going to do it, I’m saying he has the power and authority to do it. We don’t want anyone to have that level of authority.

“We know the president of the United States can tell insurance companies you must offer the morning-after abortion pill, you must offer sterilizations, you must offer contraceptives free to the recipients of those products because we tell you to, which means they are effectively setting the price as well.

“There is nothing that this president, one person, would be limited from doing. That is how profound that is. I am not saying he is going to do it.”

Bachmann said women lose more than they gain under the Affordable Care Act. “Women are the greatest purchasers of healthcare. What women have seen is tremendous spikes in the price of health insurance so much so that many of them are losing it because it is out of reach, so they are seeing denial of care in the future.”


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