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Michele Bachmann's health care funding conspiracy theory debunked

Rep. Michele Bachmann insisted over and over again on Sunday's Meet the Press and on Facebook that she was privy to a sinister plot by President Barack Obama to hide $105 billion worth of funding in the health care reform law.

The story has about as much truth as the hogwash she peddled about the cost of the president's trip to India.

There was a Congressional Research Service report that just was issued in February, and we discovered that secretly, unbeknownst to members of Congress, over $105 billion was hidden in the Obamacare legislation to fund the implementation of Obamacare. This is something that wasn't known. This money was broken up, hidden in various parts of the bills.

She's been making hay with the same meme on Facebook:

Michele Bachmann's health care funding conspiracy theory debunked

She's not telling the truth. Again. MinnPost tracked down Bachmann spokesman Doug Sachtleben, and got him to admit that the $105 billion wasn't hidden at all.

"Clearly the language was there, but at the same time it was not made evident to members," he said. "This information is really just now coming to the surface the way that it should."
Bachmann didn't read the bill she voted on.
Bachmann didn't read the bill she voted on.

Not made evident?

The $105 billion was not put in there secretly, "hidden, unbeknownst to members of Congress." Sachtleben says so himself.

And Bachmann, like everyone else in the House, had three full months to dissect the bill between the time the Senate passed its version, in December 2009, and the House voted on the final measure in March 2010.

 

Bachmann also mangles her facts over the $105 billion suddenly coming to light in a Congressional Research Service report "issued in February." The CRS report was published last October. Read it for yourself. It's public information. In the third paragraph of its opening summary, it says:

This report summarizes those mandated appropriations and fund transfers.

No news. No secret. No conspiracy. The real issue seems to be that Bachmann didn't read the very bill she voted on.

Since it represents "the crown jewel of socialism," it's surprising Bachmann wasn't more thorough. Then again, maybe she was at a tea party.

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