Bachmann’s giant lie

When it comes to making up wild-eyed nonsense about the Affordable Care Act, Michele Bachmann is in a league of her own. It’s become more entertaining than annoying — I’m generally left wondering what kind of unhinged nuttiness the Republican presidential candidate may come up with next.

True to form, Bachmann doesn’t disappoint.

Michele Bachmann prides herself for pressing Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but during an appearance at Webster City, Iowa Wednesday night, the Minnesota congresswoman proved that she’s also leading the charge in developing outrageous new attacks against the legislation.

At the town hall, Bachmann complained that undocumented immigrants are exempt from paying for the law, claimed that a seven-foot doctor told her the IRS had to approve medical procedures.

This may sound like a joke, but Bachmann was entirely serious. She told this group of Iowa voters, “One man stood up, he was over 7-feet tall. He was a physician in the community. And he said, ‘I had a little lady in my office and because of Obamacare, I had to call the IRS and I had to get a number to put on a form before I could see her.'”

Now, I can’t say whether there was actually a 7-foot-tall doctor or whether the congresswoman imagined all of this. If there was a tall doctor who claimed he was forced to call the IRS, this physician is badly confused — there’s nothing in the Affordable Care Act that makes this requirement.

Bachmann, who claims to understand the health care law, should know this.

I’ll give the right-wing credit for one thing, though: she doesn’t tell small lies that fudge the truth; she tells huge whoppers that have no connection to reality at all. Bachmann has no business serving in public office, but she’d probably write fine fiction.