Rep. Michele Bachmann reiterated many of her health care views to a conservative conference here in Washington this morning, calling for less state barriers for purchasing health insurance.
Bachmann spoke to a packed room of conservative supporters during a health care “town hall” at the Values Voter Summit, hosted by the Family Research Council. Several hours from now, Gov. Tim Pawlenty will arrive to deliver one of the main speeches of the event (following a speech by Bill O’Reilly).
Bachmann emphasized that people should be able to purchase health insurance across state divides to avoid state-specific insurance policy mandates.
“Why not try that option before a two trillion dollar monstrosity destroys the greatest health system thereâ€™s every been in the world?” Bachmann said.
She said that president Barack Obama should look to Texas as good example of a pilot program for tort reform. Bachmann also defended much of the recent criticism and protests of the Democratic health care reform plans.
“These are very common sense decisions people are making because they realize we are losing something precious at a speed never before seen in this country,” she said.
Addressing other recent issues, Bachmann criticized the House for its vote yesterday to vastly expand government student lending programs and warned that it will lead to a larger government presence in private industry along with the cap-and-trade bill.
Near the end of the question-answer portion of the event, a woman speaking in a whisper approached the microphone to say that she had received three abortions which led to a “downward spiral” of drinking and doing drugs.
“There is forgiveness, there is a way forward and there is life after,” Bachmann told her.