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February 10, 2016

Botched Obamacare Rollout Is ‘Opportunity of a Lifetime,’ Bachmann Says

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R- Minn., is absolutely delighted by the troubled rollout of and President Barack Obama’s recent mea culpas.

Bachmann told reporters Tuesday that the rollout presented conservatives with the “opportunity of a lifetime” because “liberalism is crumbling in front of our eyes.”

The Minnesota Republican explained that as Americans are confronted with Obamacare’s failings, they’re going to naturally look to conservative, free market solutions.

“What we have is the fantasy thinking of what Obamacare was going to be versus reality,” she said at the monthly Conversations with Conservatives event at the Heritage Foundation.

Bachmann said that on Tuesday morning, when she was getting ready to come to the Capitol, she was listening to the online music service Pandora when an ad came on — “’cause I’m too cheap to pay the Pandora monthly fee” — for a Minnesota company selling a Skype doctor service.

“You’re so busy trying to bundle your kid up and get ’em to go to school, you don’t have time to go make a doctor appointment,” Bachmann said, celebrating the service as an innovative health solution.

“I think companies over the years are going to come along and they’re just going to offer what people want. That is the radical American model where we figure out our own better mouse trap,” Bachmann said.

Those sorts of free market solutions have Bachmann excited.

“I’m all for it,” she said, noting that while the government struggles with its health care website, “real Americans” are going to find solutions for people at a price they can afford. “And I think that’s the revolution that I think we’re going to see.”

Other Republicans at the event said that instead of trying to fix the problems of the health care law, Republicans should continue their as yet unsuccessful attempts to scrap it.

“There’s only one fix to Obamacare, and that’s to repeal it,” said Rep. Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho.

“You can throw a lot of money at the problem, and you’re still going to have a broken health care system. It’s going to be worse than what we had before Obamacare,” Labrador said. “So I think we repeal it and we start all over again. I think that’s the only solution that Republicans should be for.”

Labrador did note that there was a difference between addressing security issues with the website and dealing with the “real consequences of Obamacare,” a concern which Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky raised.

Massie, another participant in the conservative panel, said that “while this train wreck is happening, there is one thing we should try to work on, and that’s the security of the website.”

Massie noted, to a chorus of laughter, that “the best way to stay secure is to practice abstinence.”

“We have prophylactics,” Labrador quipped.

  • dectra

    WHY does this stupid, vapid POS get any press?

    She’s dumber than that grifter Sarah “I can see Russia from my house” Palin

    • Golbez

      Hmmm, interesting claim. I’d love to see them duke it out for the heavyweight championship. My money’s still on special Sarah. She can hardly string together a coherent sentence. Bachmann may have survived a lobotomy, but at least you can understand her idiocy.

    • keefer1958

      And you are a liar. You know Mrs. Palin never said that, but you don’t care It’s more fun for you to hate her.

      • Dennis Speek

        I prefer to dislike morons such as you keefer. Can’t fix stupid and I guess you can’t keep em off the internet either.

      • Golbez

        The extent to which she said that is closer to the truth than Al “I invented the internet” Gore. What’s your stance on that claim?

      • HoshisMom

        I don’t hate Palin and I don’t hate Bachmann. I don’t hate anyone who is too stupid to realize she is more valuable to the Democrats as a punch line than she is to the Republicans as some kind of a leader.

  • MissSee

    Abstinence sure worked for Bristol Palin.

  • mollee

    I’m really sick of this “real American” cr$p that the right spews. They are no more American than liberals. Real Americans want what’s best for ALL Americans, not just the rich. Bachman is a leach on the system with her “farm” subsidies, then she has the nerve to complain about the poor in this country. It will be a great day when she is no longer part of the government.

  • Igor Shafarevich

    When Hussein Obama began his White House occupation, the mortgage delinquency rate was 7.85 percent. Today, it is 9.72 percent.Reference:

    • Golbez

      Egads! It’s like his term started at the top of the Great Recession! Here’s a far more broad look at some numbers during Obama’s presidency. You know, for some context and such, if that sort of thing is important to you.

  • Igor Shafarevich

    Since liberty cannot survive if the vast majority of people do not understand its benefits, it is critical that liberty’s eternal and immutable principles be as widely disseminated as possible.

  • sapereaudeprime

    Nobody with a soul, a brain, and a heart cares what Republicans think. Why don’t you send a correspondent to those countries where single-payer health care has been in place for a generation or more, and where the citizens live longer, but pay less for that. Of course, as long as we have Republicans in our government, there may not be much incentive to live longer.

  • logicaldogs

    When they are spouting off this garbage, do they even realize that having NO healthcare actually ends up with real life ramifications? Like death.

  • Patricia Wells

    They don,t care if poor have insurance,there just bunch of worthless republican jerks.

  • Larry Linn

    Speaker Boehner failed to dismantle Obamacare in 46 votes, but he succeeded in signing up for Obamacare in 1 day.

  • Jjf47

    Somehow, I am not sure, Bachmann has handled on reality.

    “Nolabels” is a group of moderates of both Republicans and Democrats that are working together and growing in Congress.

    Bachmann and this group of reactionaries unfortunately attract a larger group of mal-discontents than us moderate independents can tolerate.
    iThe political reality over the last 60 year’s after the John Birch Society debacle and McCathery “Red is Dead” hearings is moderation. We saw it when Democrat’s went too far, we saw when the Republicans went too far and listened to the extreme parts of the party. It is happening to the Republicans now!

    The President ACA is mix of Republican ideas and Democrat ideas. Poorly written, but that can be blamed on the Tea Partier’s obstructionism and the Democrats push to get it passed.

    Not once during any of the Town House meetings did I ever hear a discussion of the of the ACA! All I heard was a group taking over the meeting calling the President a Socialist, a Muslim, a “N” and worse. Not once a discussion of the ACA! Or the more major of declining medical coverage, the growing number of charity case in the emergency room and hospital. And medical decisions made by Insurance companies.

    I know that are number admendment stalled put forth by the “Nolabels” group in the House of Representative.

    And unfortunately Bachmann, Palin, Cruz, Newt, Graham, Culter, Limbaugh, Hannity have actively been cheerleaders of this divisive attitude!

    In my opinion they have prolonged the recovery, they have misused their right and responsibility free speech. I didn’t was always agree with William Buckely Jr. but I respected his ability to pleasently agree to disagree, something sadly lacking with this group of conservatives.

  • Andrew C Eden-Balfour

    Yeah Bachmann, you keep telling yourself that.

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