Rep. Michele Bachmann Lost Her GOP Talking Points

October 05, 2009 3:25 pm ET — Melinda Warner

During an October 5, 2009 radio interview on Fox News' Brian & The Judge, Rep. Michele Bachmann either lost her talking points or forgot she was a Republican and said that the government cannot compete with the private health industry.

Listen:

Rep. Bachmann:

And as far as liberals go, they want the government literally to control every aspect of our lives.  We saw that with student loans.  They put in a quotes [sic] public option for student loans, government couldn't take the competition because the private sector was outperforming by far, so they shut out any private student loans.  Today all student loans have to be public or government run.  They'll do the same thing in health care, government can't compete with private industry - they're not as innovative, they're not as quick on their feet, they're not as cheap, they're not as high quality.  And so this is what they want - ultimately, this is the goal of socialism, to have government take over every aspect of the private sector. 

That's odd.  Because no matter how many times their statements are debunked, other Republicans have said the reason they are against a public option is because the private industry won't be able to compete with the government:

RNC Chairman Michael Steele

"The president claims that more government involvement in health care will promote competition. However, creating such a government-run entity would result in a massive government health care monopoly. Private insurers would soon be put out of business, unable to compete with the subsidized government-run plan the president and liberals want."

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

"A new government-run plan would stack the deck against any would-be competitors. The private sector has to pay taxes; the government collects taxes. The private sector has to account for its employees and benefits, while maintaining minimum reserve requirements; the government does not. The private sector pays whatever rates it negotiates with providers; the government dictates payments."

Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) 

"Businesses will, in effect, be forced to send employees into the Democrats' government-run health care. It's really not something to argue about, it is a fact. A private health insurance system, otherwise known as what we have today, will not be able to compete with a taxpayer-subsidized government plan, and businesses faced with growing health care costs will opt to either lay off more workers or send employees into the government plan."

Besides, Democrats want to preserve the private health care industry in order to create more competition for both the public and private sectors.  Now since Rep. Bachmann agrees, maybe we can get the rest of the Republicans on board with the other 65% of the country.

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