Rep. Bachmann: Obama Lacks ‘Credibility’ on Health Care; Welcomes Lightning-Rod Status

Sep 30, 2009 2:34pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Rep. Michele Bachmann, one of President Obama’s most vocal and outspoken critics, today escalated her attack on the president’s health care plans, calling into question the president’s “credibility.”

 ”I think the real concerns right now are statements that the president has made that are demonstrably false,” Bachmann, R-Minn., said on ABCNews.com’s “Top Line.” “The president said that people can keep their health care if they’re satisfied with it; we know that’s not true. He said the average American would save about $2,500 on their annual policy; we know that’s not true. And then he said Americans making less than $250,000 a year would pay no increased taxes; we know that’s not true. And I think that has people having red flags raised, and it calls into question the president’s credibility.” Bachmann also said she’s embracing her status as a lightning rod in her party, saying that she expects workers from ACORN to try to work against her reelection next year. “Being No. 1 on Nancy Pelosi’s hit list will garner a lot of attention on both sides,” she said, “and also I think on ACORN — I’ve made it very clear that I’ve been trying to actively work to find out what the truth is about ACORN. And that may invite a lot of ACORN workers to try and come work against me as well. So I understand that — it comes with the territory. But the main thing that I’m focused on right now is to move forward our country with the agenda that we need to have to get out from this crushing debt load that we’re looking at for the future.” Bachmann, who has expressed skepticism about greenhouse gases’ contribution to global warming, also criticized Democratic attempts to impose a “cap-and-trade” system to curb greenhouse gas production. “What this means is that the government then would have ownership or control over another 8 percent of private business profits,” she said. “I don’t think that’s the direction American people want to go. And if President Obama gets his way on health care, that’s the government owning or controlling another 18 percent of private business profits, which means in about a year’s time the government would own or control 56 percent of private business profits. That’s enough to make the hair stand up on the back of anybody’s head.” She also criticized the president’s efforts to find a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan. “It’s very concerning that it’s been approximately eight, nine months that the president has been in office and he doesn’t seem to have a strategy yet on Afghanistan. In fact, some people have suggested that the president is voting ‘present’ on the Afghanistan policy. We have men and women in harm’s way today, and I agree with the president that we need to make the right decision in moving forward, but it seems a little late to the dance to be making a decision now.” Click HERE to see the full interview with Rep. Michele Bachmann. We also got Ana Marie Cox’s take on Bachmann, Afghanistan, and the health care debate. You can watch that discussion HERE.  

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