Rep. Michele Bachmann spoke at an event on health care in Rochester, Minnesota, where she warned that with government involvement in health care, critics of the system can have their own health care revoked
Bachmann said she spoke to somebody who lived under Japan's health care system, who communicated to her a horrible thing "that people don't know" about: "In Japan, people have stopped voicing their opinion on health care...He said it's because they know that they would get on a list, and they wouldn't get health care. They wouldn't get in, they wouldn't get seen, and so people are afraid, they're afraid to speak back to government. They're afraid to say anything. Is that
what we want for our future? That takes us to gangster government, at that point."
Bachmann continued to warn against the specter of socialized medicine: "We aren't going to give up. We're not going to quit fighting because a government takeover of health care is the crown jewel of socialism, and I will fight it until my last breath."
Rochester is not in Bachmann's district, but is instead represented by second-term Democrat Tim Walz. Bachmann spoke at an event sponsored by one of the Republican candidates in that district, Allen Quist -- who has declared that the political battle against the Democrats is more important than the fight against terrorism -- though Bachmann said she was not endorsing Quist at this time.