When all else fails, pray. That seems to be the GOP’s line of thinking these days, at least, and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is leading the crusade. The Raw Story reports that Bachmann had an interview with Evangelical radio host James Dobson and said that God will “answer our prayers” and perform a “miracle before our eyes” by repealing the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Here is the entire quote, in all of its nutty glory:
I think the President will ultimately be forced to repudiate his own signature piece of legislation because the American people will demand it. And I think before his second term is over, we’re going to see a miracle before our eyes, I believe God is going to answer our prayers and we’ll be freed from the yoke of Obamacare.
I believe that’s going to happen and we saw step one last week with the repeal of Obamacare in the House. We have two more steps. We serve a mighty God and I believe it can happen.
Bachmann also warned attendees at a recent Tea Party Rally that the Affordable Care Act will allow the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to deny healthcare to patients. She says:
As someone who formerly worked for the IRS, I can tell you this is the largest ramp-up and expansion, both of employees but also on an area of jurisdiction on one of the largest new entitlement programs that the American people have seen in decades. That’s why it’s crucial that we ask these questions now, when our most personal, sensitive, intimate information — our health care information — will all be centralized in a national federal database.
Who will have access to that database, for what purpose? Will our most personal, sensitive information be used to deny health care? Or to delay access to health care? Or could it be possible that our sensitive information could be used to blackmail Americans. Or even potentially to embarrass Americans. Again, this question would have been considered unreasonable and out of bounds a week ago. Today, this question is highly relevant.
Again, her crazy shows with these wild, unfounded accusations only meant to incite fear and rally for a cause that would, under any other president, be dead at this point. But, as she says, it is revived. However, it is only revived and alive because folks like her refuse to let this president do anything to improve the nation because they want to see him fail.
Now, people can believe in whatever they like. I have no issue with that. However, when elected representatives invoke their own fairy tale versions of the almighty in order to influence policy decisions, that is a very big damn problem. The Supreme Court has already ruled that Obamacare is not unconstitutional. Also, there have been many attempts otherwise to repeal it, to no avail. However, the GOP is not to be outdone, and they are insistent that anything that President Obama does is ungodly, and therefore, God will intervene and undo all he has done. Well, Rep. Bachmann and company, why is state after state approving everything you are against, from marriage equality to healthcare to legalizing marijuana? Hmmm? Your God hasn’t shown up on a white horse yet, and things are still rolling progressively along, as they should be. My advice to anyone listening to this lunacy is to give it up. We have a broken healthcare system where millions go uninsured, and, therefore, untreated. President Obama is trying to save lives here. Please get out of the way and let him.