Michele Bachmann worried the IRS might function as Obamacare death panels [VIDEO]
Bachmann said Minnesotans she speaks with are clamoring for Obama's impeachment.
In the wake of revelations the IRS improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status during the last election cycle, Michele Bachmann is worried the Obama administration's apparent desire to make life difficult for conservatives might extend into other walks of life.
Specifically, she's concerned the president and his cronies might deny health care coverage to conservatives once Obamacare is fully implemented.
That's right -- she's worried about those dreaded death panels.
During a news conference yesterday where she stood shoulder-to-shoulder with other tea party leaders in Congress, Bachmann said: "Knowing that the IRS will the enforcing mechanism for [the Affordable Care Act], it's very important to ask: Could there potentially be political implications regarding health care -- access to health care, denial of health care -- will that happen based upon a person's political beliefs or their religiously held beliefs? These questions would have been considered out of bounds a week ago, but today these questions are considered more than reasonable and more than fair for the American people."
"Will our most personal information be used to deny or delay access to health care?" Bachmann continued. "Or could it be possible that our sensitive information could be used to blackmail Americans or even potentially to embarrass Americans?"
Here's video of that portion of her remarks:
Bachmann went on to call the IRS scandal "far worse than Watergate" and said her constituents have actually been clamoring for Obama's impeachment even before the IRS scandal came to light.
"I will tell you, as I have been home in my district, in the Sixth District of Minnesota, there isn't a weekend that hasn't gone by that someone says to me, 'Michele, what in the world are you all waiting for in Congress? Why aren't you impeaching the president? He's been making unconstitutional actions since he came into office,'" she said.
Asked whether she thinks the IRS scandal could actually lead to Obama's impeachment, Bachmann (ironically) added: "We also don't want to jump to conclusions, we want to go where the facts lead us. We aren't interested in creating our own facts."
During a news conference later in the day, Obama insisted he didn't know about the IRS inspector general's report that first shed light on the scandal until it was made public last week.
"Americans have a right to be angry about it, and I'm angry about it," Obama said from the White House.
Asked about Bachmann's "worse than Watergate" allegation, Obama said: "Well, I'll let you guys engage in those comparisons. You can go ahead and read the history I think and draw your own conclusions. My concern is making sure that if there's a problem in the government we fix it."
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