Bachmann: Obama secretly wants Medicare to go broke
NEW ORLEANS — Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann suggested Friday that President Obama is deliberately trying to let Medicare go broke, with the goal of forcing senior citizens to participate in his health care reform plan.
“The president’s plan for senior citizens is Obamacare,” the Minnesota congresswoman said at the Republican Leadership Conference. “I think very likely – and I’m speculating – I think very likely what the president intends is that Medicare will go broke, and ultimately that answer will be Obamacare for senior citizens.”
Bachmann pointed to the $500 billion in Medicare spending cuts that were contained in Obama’s health care bill as evidence of his allegedly covert plans.
“Just when our population of senior citizens is growing with baby boomers joining their ranks, we’ll have more people but less money, and no plan to save it,” Bachmann said, urging other Republicans to respond to Democratic attacks on Medicare by pointing to the lack of a Democratic plan.
It’s not the first time that Bachmann has alluded to Obama’s secret intentions.
During her 2008 reelection bid, Bachmann stirred controversy by suggesting that Obama held “anti-American views.”