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