Towards the end of a sprawling, fiery speech at the Values Voter Summit, outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) predicted that in the near future, the Affordable Care Act will no longer be referred to as “Obamacare,” as conservatives originally intended, but rather as “Deathcare.”
“This egregious system, that will ultimately be known as ‘Deathcare’ must be defeated,” Bachmann declared. During the speech she set up a dichotomy of “police state,” symbolized by the shuttered World War II memorial during the government shutdown vs. “Constitutional republic,” represented by conservatives like her who fought to reopen it, only after directly causing the shutdown in the first place.
“When the federal government controls your health care,” Bachmann said, “they literally control life and death.” She called on conservatives to demand that President Obama “allow Obamacare to be voluntary for every American,” a move he already has said he would refuse because it would undermine the basic ability of the law to bring down insurance costs. Mar 21, 2013