Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., urged her colleagues during a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives today to repeal the Affordable Care Act before it "literally" kills Americans.
"Let's repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens," said Bachmann. "Let's not do that. Let's love people. Let's care about people. Let's repeal it now while we can."
Bachmann's hyperbolic plea echoes charges leveled by Republicans prior to the health care bill's passage, when many in the GOP claimed that the bill would lead to rationed care - and early death - for senior citizens, disabled Americans, and other vulnerable elements of American society. Perhaps most memorably, former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, coined the term "death panels" to describe the bureaucracy that she worried would ration care.
Bachmann also drew scrutiny for her speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this month in which she decried the first family's "life of excess," saying the first family's cost-of-living price tag - at $1.4 billion - is too high. Critics pointed out that much of that money is spent on protection and that previous presidents spent as much, or more.