Bachmann: Obama Is ‘Health Care Dictator’

By Matt Cover | March 7, 2012 | 3:48pm EST

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

( Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Wednesday that President Barack Obama has become a “health care dictator” who believes he can order what types of health-care services people can and cannot get in the United States.

“The issue with Obamacare isn’t what we’re going to get, the bigger issue with Obamacare is what will be taken away, because we have now one person who’s a health dictator in our country and that health care dictator will decide what we get and what we don’t get,” Bachmann told at the Capitol on Wednesday.

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“Because the bigger issue is that we will see the president of the United States deciding that people won’t be getting hip replacements or knee replacements or, you name it,” said Bachmann. “Aren’t breast cancer drugs for women also as important, maybe even more so [than birth control]?” had asked Bachmann about Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke’s Feb. 23 testimony before the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. “Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke told Congress contraception can cost a woman over $3,000 in law school if her insurance doesn’t cover it," asked. "Yet the Target store 3 miles from Georgetown Law sells a month’s supply of birth control pills for $9 to people whose insurance does not cover the pills. Was Fluke’s testimony accurate?”

“I think that her testimony is her testimony and I don’t question what she said,” Bachmann responded. “The facts on the ground are what cost and supply and demand provide as far as contraceptives are concerned.”

Bachmann said the contraception issue was a “very small example” of what Americans can expect as a result of Obama health reform law, arguing that future presidents will use the authority the federal government has claimed to aid them in getting reelected.

“All this was, was a very small 3-D example of what ObamaCare looks like in the United States today,” Bachmann. “And this is what we’re going to see in the future. We’re going to see in future political elections, presidents are going to come up with a politically popular disease or a politically popular pharmaceutical drug and he or she will be pandering that product before elections.”

The Health and Human Services regulation in question requires all health-care plans in the United States to cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that cause abortion. Because the Catholic Church teaches that these things are wrong and that Catholics cannot be involved in them, the regulation would force Catholics and Catholic institutions to act against their faith.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have called the regulation an "unprecedented attack on religious freedom" and has called for Obama to rescind it in his entirety.

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