Rep. Bachmann Talks Up "Death Panels" Again

December 23, 2009 9:56 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

On Glenn Beck's radio show yesterday, guest host Chris Baker interviewed Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) about health care reform.  As several conservatives have already done, Bachmann suggested that Republicans would "repeal" reform if and when they regain control of Congress.  However, Bachmann worried that there's one sinister element of reform -- "death panels" -- that would be "virtually impossible" to get rid of:

BACHMANN: In my opinion, Chris, Republicans need to run on repealing all of this bad legislation that's been put in.  And then after that they need to defund the left. Pure and simple, that's what they have got to do. [...]

BAKER: Congresswoman, some people believe that once this health care legislation is passed and signed into law, that it can be overturned through the courts.  What are your thoughts on that?

BACHMANN: Well, anything is possible.  It'll be very difficult.  Also, we're just reading this morning, Chris, that Harry Reid slipped in a provision that made it virtually impossible to repeal part of this legislation.  And it's the part dealing with the Medicare Advisory Board -- what many people have labeled the death panels -- because these unelected bureaucracies will decide what we can and can't get in future health insurance policy.  That's why they're called death panels.  And in that particular part of the legislation, Harry Reid writes that we're not allowed to repeal these boards.  I think that may be subject to a constitutional attack. 

Last week, announced that the absurd "death panels" claim was its "Lie of the Year." Nonetheless, Sarah Palin was still tweeting about the imaginary rationing boards yesterday afternoon.  The final version of the Senate bill "may b unrecognizable from what assumed was a done deal," Palin wrote. "R death panels back in?"

As for Bachmann, she's already demonstrated that no lie is too crazy for her to repeat.  "Sex clinics," anyone?