Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) took a break today from fear mongering about the 2010 Census to fear monger about healthcare reform. On Dennis Miller’s radio show today, she said, “On the 16th page, it says whatever health care you have now, it’s going to be gone within five years.” However, this is never mentioned on page 16, or anywhere else.
Here is the audio, courtesy of Think Progress:
Bachmann said, “Well, what does that mean? That means that politicians are going to substitute their choice for your doctor’s choice for you. That’s exactly what this bill does. Here’s the other thing about that bill. It’s a monstrosity. I have the bill printed out on my desk, it’s over 1,000 pages long. On the 16th page, it says whatever health care you have now, it’s going to be gone within five years. So your current health care plan, you’re not going to have in five years. What you’re going to have is a government plan and a federal bureau is going to decide what you get or if you get anything at all.”
Ok, Bachmann was doing fine with her Republican talking points until the stuff about page 16. Here is the bill, and there is nothing on page 16 about losing coverage. The section covers grandfathered in health plans. Five years does not even show up on the page. I don’t think Bachmann has read page 16, or any other part of the bill.
Usually with Bachmann if you go back to the source material, you can find where her intellectual choo-choo train hopped the tracks, but this time, I have no clue where she got that phrase or page number. Bachmann also attacked the AARP. She claimed that the organization is turning on the elderly.
Bachmann apparently doesn’t know what the term grandfathered in means. Grandfathered in means that the plan will stay as is. Being that Bachmann was mouthing the GOP talking points almost word for word on healthcare, it is a pretty safe guess that she hasn’t read the bill. The people in her district should do the nation a favor and not reelect Bachmann to another term.