Michele says that despite Marcus's "significant health issues," Bachmanns don't have insurance

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Of course, it's Obama's fault.
In September, President Obama mocked Michele Bachmann's worry that the Affordable Care Act "literally kills women, kills children, [and] kills senior citizens." But if Bachmann can be believed, the law, combined with her stubbornness about using the balky HealthCare.gov website, might endanger the health of her colorful husband, Marcus.

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During an appearance on Wolf Blitzer's CNN show yesterday, Michele said Obamacare resulted in the couple losing their health insurance. She added that they're still living without coverage even though Marcus has "significant health issues."

At one point, Blitzer asked Michele if she'd log onto HealthCare.gov and try to purchase an insurance policy from on the health care exchange.

"Are you kidding? I'm not going to waste an hour on that thing," Bachmann said. "I lost my health insurance under Obamacare. And so now I'm forced to go into the D.C. health exchange. I'm waiting until they fix this thing. I'm not going to sit there and frustrate myself for hours and hours."

So what's your plan, Michele? After all, if you have to rely on the exchange for insurance, you need to purchase a policy by December 15 if you want coverage by January 1.

"At some point we're going to have to figure it out. I have a husband with very significant health issues," Bachmann said. "We have to have health insurance. So we will get it figured it out."

Democratic strategist Paul Begala, appearing on Blitzer's show with Bachmann, pointed out to her that thanks to the Affordable Care Act, she and her hubby at least won't have to worry about being denied coverage thanks to a preexisting condition.

"Actually, we were just fine before," Bachmann replied.

Predictably, Bachmann didn't disclose or even allude to the specific reason the ACA nixed their previous policy (nor did she detail Marcus's health issues), and her sob story is less compelling in the wake of Obama's announcement yesterday of an administrative change "aimed at allowing those whose insurance is being canceled over the law to keep those plans for another year," to use CNN's words.

So, in conclusion, we can't help but wonder whether Michele made the whole thing up in hopes of scoring some political points. Sorry, but that's what happens when you lie again and again and again.

To see the video of Bachmann's CNN appearance, click to page two.


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bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

It's too bad for her husband that Michelle places so little value on his life.


rokkitman
rokkitman

The irony is poetic. Bachmann fought for years to keep people from having affordable health insurance. Now she claims to be in the position of those she's fought so hard to disenfranchise, and poor-me whines about it.

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

1. She doesn't HAVE to go on the exchange; she can buy private insurance just like all those other people do.  She can afford it.

2. Didn't she vote for going on the exchange, along with all those other Republicans? If so, boo hoo, she brought this on herself, as did her GOP colleagues.

3. She does NOT have to go on the DC exchange - which  apparently is working just fine, btw, one of the most successful in the nation.  She can use MNCare.  And it doesn't take an hour by phone.

4. Heck, it's not like she's doing anything useful in Congress; she's always off doing media appearances instead.

slfredine
slfredine

I think erectile dysfunction is a choice in Marcus's case, therefor not a medical issue.

MsBrownTown
MsBrownTown

Mr. Rupar, Bachmann did not make it up that she lost her healthcare coverage because of ACA and has to buy from the exchange.


“[T]he only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and congressional staff with respect to their service as a Member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are — (I) created under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act); or (II) offered through an Exchange established under this Act.

Sara Smallaxe
Sara Smallaxe

would marcus get denied for his pre-existing condition?

Joe Fimtimwimbimsim Moag
Joe Fimtimwimbimsim Moag

As she and her GOP colleagues should well know, they just recently - like a month ago - exempted themselves from the ACA. That means that she is free to go directly to any insurer that she wants to get whatever sort of policy she wants. Nice try, lyin' bitch.

Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson

It's sad that Michele considers homosexuality a 'significant health issue'

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

shes a damn liar..and her followers should all gas theei dumb ass selves

bethann.bloom
bethann.bloom

Retired members of Congress can get health coverage through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which covers more than 8 million federal employees, retirees and their families. The federal government pays between 72 percent and 75 percent of the premium cost. Once the exchanges are established under the Affordable Care Act, members of Congress will be required to participate only in those health plans.

Source: "Health Benefits for Members of Congress."

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Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Besides being a government employee... she's rich enough to afford private insurance even if she wasn't.

Jenks LeVar
Jenks LeVar

you know the Minnesota version OF THE SAME EXACT THING.

Julie Haas Myers
Julie Haas Myers

If she'd rather tempt fate and go without, good for her. Just further underscores what a complete bonehead she is.

Gary Perisian
Gary Perisian

I think this is typical Bachman lies. She doesn't have to worry about healthcare coverage until her term is up.Here’s National Public Radio’s Julie Rovner in an interview on the program All Things Considered explaining Congress’ health insurance in more detail: “Members of Congress have basically choice of the same plans that the other nine million federal workers have. This year [2009], they can choose from 16 different plans. The most popular by far, I assume among members of Congress but certainly among federal workers in Washington, D.C., is the Blue Cross Blue Shield standard option plan. This year, the premiums are $1,120.47 a month for a family. Of that, the government pays $763.88 and the member of Congress would pay $356.59 a month. “Actually, I should add that members of Congress also have access to the attending physician of Congress, that's a doctor who is there in the Capitol. They pay a couple of hundred dollars a year and have access to some preventive care. They get their flu shots there. And if there's an emergency, they tend to go to the doctor there on the Capitol for some of their preventive stuff. But their families do have to use their regular private health insurance.”

Nathan David Teegarden
Nathan David Teegarden

"We don't have insurance. Ned considers it a form of gambling." - Maude Flanders

barbertj23
barbertj23

"My husband might die, but you want me to spend A FULL HOUR OR TWO! ENOUGH TIME TO FALL ASLEEP WHILE WATCHING A MOVIE to make sure his safety is assured!? You couldn't possibly ask more from me to guarantee the safety of my family"

Eric Wistrand
Eric Wistrand

She wouldn't go through healthcare.gov anyways- she'd go through MNsure.

Erika Frankel
Erika Frankel

Is she Ned Flanders? Believes insurance is betting against god (she is crazy enough)?

Terry Larson
Terry Larson

How many times can she embarrass us. You'd think she would learn and just keep her mouth shut!

Ashley Besser
Ashley Besser

Yep, this makes 0 sense being that she has no need to use the site. Just wants to squak about something.

Monica Bertrand
Monica Bertrand

I hope Michele finds a lovely government insurance plan with a good mental health/wellness coverage.

Keith Rose
Keith Rose

Since she's a government employee, she shouldn't need to use Healthcare.gov, as the insurance provided to all government employees meets the requirement under the Affordable Care Act. Also, since she's a Minnesota resident, she would have to use the MNSure exchange, not Healthcare.gov.

rosencrantzposaune
rosencrantzposaune

Since she's a government employee, she shouldn't need to use Healthcare.gov, as the insurance provided to all government employees meets the requirement under the Affordable Care Act.  Also, since she's a Minnesota resident, she would have to use the MNSure exchange, not Healthcare.gov.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

Something doesn't add up with her story. I can't give her the benefit of the doubt, she lost all of that with her frequent past lies.

Emily Buss
Emily Buss

I'm so sure she doesn't have health insurance. Sit down, 'Ol Crazy Eyes Bachmann.

Rachael Morford
Rachael Morford

Wait. Doesn't she have lifetime coverage being a senator??????

Onan
Onan

@Christian Johnson  - And here's your winner!!!

GeekAaron
GeekAaron

@rosencrantzposaune I thought members of Congress and their staffs couldn't get the insurance provided to government employees anymore and had to get their insurance through the exchanges, although it would be subsidized.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Rachael Morford She is a Representative in the House.

Onan
Onan

@Rachael Morford  - She's not a Senator.

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

@MsBrownTown @rosencrantzposaune @GeekAaron okay, listen carefully, she is not REQUIRED to take the health care offered by the Fed Govt.  she has the option of buying a private plan where she certainly makes more than enough to pay for it.  The FED can only offer plans under ACA, doesn't mean she is required to take that option.


MsBrownTown
MsBrownTown

@rosencrantzposaune @GeekAaron Nope, they have to get it on the exchange. 

“[T]he only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and congressional staff with respect to their service as a Member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are — (I) created under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act); or (II) offered through an Exchange established under this Act.


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