Bachmann on PolitiFact's 'Lie of the year' list for Hannity quote

Michele Bachmann, who recently called herself a "lovable little fuzz ball" in a MinnPost puff piece, isn't feeling the love from PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Web site that exposes the factually challenged. The District 6 congresswoman is a nominee for its annual "Lie of the Year" award, for a rant on Sean Hannity's Fox News show about health care reform.

Hannity, you'll remember, was busted by Jon Stewart not long ago for a faked video that grossly inflated the size of the crowd at Bachmann's big anti-health care reform rally in Washington, D.C. That's also the same rally that a watchdog group says may have broken House ethics rules.

Here's a transcription of Bachmann's Oct. 30  "pants on fire" moment, via PolitiFact:

"It says specifically that people can't purchase private health insurance after a date certain, which means people will ultimately go into a single-payer plan where it is government providing health care and only one single government system. That's why this is so bad, Sean. This is socialized medicine ... This is, as I said, the crown jewel of socialism. It's what Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have wanted from the very beginning."

PolitiFact's challenge:

We not only find that she is misinterpreting that one page, but that she's also distorting the other 1,989 pages of a bill that would construct a system largely based on private health insurance. Her claim is a serious misrepresentation of a plan that relies on a marketplace of private coverage.

Is Bachmann's the best lie of the political year? Go ahead, cast your vote.  The other nominees include:

  • President Barack Obama - Preventive health care "saves money."
  • Vice President Joe Biden - "When one person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft."
  • U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C. - "You lie!"
  • U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y. - A health care reform amendment "puts new restrictions on women's access to abortion coverage in the private health insurance market."
  • Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin - Obama wants "death panels."
  • Glen Beck - Obama advisor "has proposed forcing abortions and putting sterilants in the drinking water to control population."
  • Orly Taitz (headline grabber in the discredited birther movement): Barack Obama was born in Kenya.

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