Subject: Bachmann’s “pants on fire!” lies
|Mary Lynn & Mickel —
“A gross distortion.” “Pants on fire!” “False.” That’s what the independent PolitiFact site said about Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s health reform lies.
In fact, PolitiFact has rated six of her statements, and all of them have been either “false” or “pants on fire” false. As PolitiFact’s Bill Adair said, “she has the distinction of a perfect record.”
Let that sink in for a second. Together, we’ve made thousands of calls and written hundreds of letters calling out folks who are lying about reform. But Bachmann is in a class all to herself.
Too many Americans live with the painful consequences of our broken health care system to let Bachmann’s reckless lies go unchecked. So this week, we’re calling her out.
In the last week, while Republicans such as former Senator Bill Frist and former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson were putting progress ahead of partisanship by speaking constructively about reform, Rep. Bachmann was on the floor of the House of Representatives spreading fear and lies yet again.
And Bachmann specializes in making lies personal — like her outrageous claim that Ezekiel Emanuel, one of President Obama’s health care advisers, believes health care should be reserved for the non-disabled — so “watch out if you’re disabled.” (“We rule Bachmann’s statement ‘False,'” says PolitiFact).
Bachmann has promoted the death panels lie (“False,” say the Associate Press and New York Times). She’s lied about illegal immigrants receiving taxpayer-subsidized care under reform. And she claimed reform was a “national takeover of health care.” The nonpartisan FactCheck.org plainly refuted her on both accounts.
Last week, she even claimed reform will create “sex clinics” at schools, allowing students to have abortions without parental consent. That earned her one of her many “pants on fire!” false ratings from PolitiFact.
It all adds up to someone who will tell any lie, distort any fact, and shamelessly scare folks about reform in order to kill it. We’ve had enough — so we’re calling her out:
Thanks for helping us set the record straight about reform,Jen
Jen O’Malley Dillon
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