Bachmann: Senior Citizens’ ‘Lives Literally Are On The Line With ObamaCare’ (VIDEO)

March 30, 2010 6:21 a.m.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is continuing to warn that senior citizens are in danger from “death panels” under President Obama’s new health care legislation, predicting that seniors could lose their lives — and their money, too.

Bachmann visited Duluth over the weekend, a city that is located in the district of Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-MN). Fittingly enough, the local Republicans put their speaker’s podium in the middle of a boxing ring, and Bachmann was putting up her rhetorical dukes.

“Senior citizens have followed this issue more than anyone,” said Bachmann. “Senior citizens are very smart. And they have been absolutely opposed to ObamaCare going forward, because senior citizens are the ones whose lives literally are on the line with ObamaCare.”“Because if you have 500 — over $500 billion in new taxes, and senior citizens have the bulk of the wealth in United States,” Bachmann explained. “So you have 500 — and they should, they’ve worked their whole life for it — $500 billion in new taxes, huge increases in health insurance premiums, over $500 billion in cuts to Medicare. “No new doctors, by the way. Thirty-two million more people in the system, but according to Barack Obama it’s gonna be over 50 new million people in the system, what do you think is going to happen? It’s called rationing.

“And when you ration care, that means you get less. You don’t get in to see the doctor, you don’t get an appointment, you don’t get a surgery. You don’t, you don’t, you don’t.

“That’s the death panels. And of course, the Democrats go crazy when you talk about death panels. But when you have a senior citizen who is told, no, you can’t have an MRI; no, you can’t have a CT scan; no, you’re not getting a hip replacement; no, you’re not getting the bypass, what is that? What is that, when you’re told no?”

Here is the video of Bachmann’s full speech, courtesy of The Uptake. The key moment comes at 41:30:

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