Michele Bachmann Thinks God Calls Her To Destroy ObamaCare As She Sets Her Sights On Al Franken's Senate Seat
The former Congresswoman's recent comments show how un-Christlike the religious right has become.
Former U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann recently flirted with the idea of running for senate while on televangelist Jim Baker's show.
During the interview, Bachmann reflected on her past presidential run:
"I trust in a big God," Bachmann said. "He got us over all those finish lines, but I also believed I was supposed to run for president. I didn't even run because I thought I was going to win. I ran to put the whole issue of ObamaCare front and center before the American people. . . . I think it was wildly successful. I didn't win, but I moved the debate. So I didn't shed a tear when I left the contest because I felt like I fulfilled the calling that God gave me."
Bachmann quickly shifted the conversation to looking forward, showing an interest in taking former Senator Al Franken's seat in Minnesota.
"So the question is, am I being called to do this now?" she pondered. "I don't know."
On its face, Bachmann's claim that God wanted her to run in order to ruin ObamaCare is ridiculous. Can anyone — Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or other — really imagine God patting Michele Bachmann on the back for taking healthcare away from millions of people? That doesn't sound very Christlike to me.
Never mind the fact that God could cure cancer other deathly diseases, prevent natural disasters, or end extreme poverty in his free time. No! What God really wants is for 30 million people in the United States to lose their healthcare, and he wants Michele Bachmann of all people to fulfill this calling.
Does anyone seriously think that an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-benevolent God is sitting up in heaven wondering what he should do next, only to conclude, "Let's destroy the Affordable Care Act!"?
Apparently the Republican right does.
While Bachmann and many of her fellow Christian conservatives certainly believe ObamaCare is bad, it objectively is helping — not hurting — Americans. While Medicare for all or even just a public option would have been more effective, ObamaCare still gives healthcare to millions of people who otherwise could not afford it or were previously denied coverage for preexisting conditions.
Bachmann's alleged calling from God demonstrates the problematic reasoning so often used by the religious right in this country: Whatever your opinions already are is what God must want you to do. Rather than looking holistically at their church teachings and holy books to inform their values, they cherry pick the parts they like and and ignore the parts that sound like Bernie Sanders himself said them.
Bachmann and her fellow evangelical Republicans allow their preconceived right-wing ideologies to inform their concept of God's wishes. Want proof? According to a 2014 YouGov poll, a majority of Americans believe that Jesus would support universal healthcare, while only 23% of Republicans specifically think the same thing.
I don't know about you, but I find it hard to believe that the long-haired socialist hippie also known as Jesus would have loved our capitalist healthcare system that profits off of people's illness, kicks people off for preexisting conditions, and bankrupts people with sky-high medical bills.
As CJ Werleman once wrote, "The Bible makes it clear Jesus was a Marxist before Marxism had a name. He distrusted the rich."
Despite this, Bachmann remains convinced that her Republican agenda for private healthcare isn't at odds with Christianity and that her religious views are at the forefront of her decision-making in Washington.
"I feel like I was wildly successful because the Republican party . . . and the American people took the position that ObamaCare is bad, and so that moved the debate," Bachmann said. "It is really tough if you're going against the tide in D.C, if you're trying to stand for biblical principals."
I'm sure Jesus would be so proud of you, Michele. It's not like he supposedly went around healing the sick for free or anything . . .