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July 2nd, 2012
09:56 PM ET

Michele Bachmann on being Mitt Romney's Vice President: "That's not for me to make that decision and that announcement"

This evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Congresswoman Michele Bachmann for a feisty conversation, as the Republican from Minnesota trotted out her trademark blend of candor and perspective.

Nearly six months since suspending her bid for the presidential nomination, Piers Morgan suggested it was time for the 56-year-old to reemerge on the national scene:

"If Mitt Romney was to call you, after this interview, and think 'You did a very good job there, Michele Bachmann, and I've missed you on the public stage. I think it's time you came back at a high level. I'd like you to be my V.P.' What would you say to him?"

Ever the politician, Bachmann proved she's as adept as ever at dodging the tricky traps and slippery slopes:

"One thing I know about Mitt Romney, he's made excellent decisions in the past when it comes to running organizations and I have no doubt, whoever it is, that he chooses, to bring in as his V.P., it will be a highly competent person who could step in at a moments notice and assume the responsibilities of the White House."

Following up on his guests vague response, and hoping for something a tad more juicy, Morgan opted for a more straightforward approach:

"Are you being vetted at the moment?" he asked, rather bluntly.

"Well, that's something for the campaign to answer on," came Bachmann response. "That's not for me to make that decision, and that announcement."

Sensing a window, Morgan offered this conclusion:

"That is not, as we say, in the journalistic trade, a denial, Congresswoman."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Bachmann further explains her position on Romney and details her hopes for the campaign.
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  1. ina Tennison

    I am totally appauled at Piers one sided–argumentative reporting on tonights show. Thank goodness he can't vote in this country.

    When did it become the job of a 'journalist' to argue with his/their guest.

    July 2, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Reesy

      There are few talk shows that don't respond back to the guest, especially when they are giving out wrong information. Mrs. Bachmann has a history of pushing incorrect info and trying to overtalk anyone who calls her on it. This fact is one of the main reasons she ended up at the bottom of the GOPs running for President. When you research what she has said, it turns out to be filled with non-facts and miss information. With respect to Piers Morgan, America was and is built on Foreigners. Check your history.

      July 2, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Ann

        Thank you, I agree with you 100%

        July 3, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
      • Brian

        I agree entirely. Why does Piers Morgan give a platform to a person who distorts facts to such a great degree? After the first few minutes I shut the program off!!

        July 3, 2012 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Gail Gwen

        I so agree with you on this one. Apparently, Michelle Bachman prides herself on being a tax attorney. She had me concerned when she made this statement that anyone who sells their home will have to pay a 3.5% tax on that value. She gave the $500,000 sales prices as the basis for determining the tax.

        What she didn't say was the following: there is a 3.8 percent tax on unearned income of over $250,000, such as dividends and capital gains. Capital gains only applies if there was a profit on your primary residence of $250,000 (after subtracting all of the improvements you made during the years owned the house) if you were single or $500,000 if you were married.

        In my opinion, she purposely withheld the facts. She should have been on "Keeping them Honest" with Cooper Anderson. If she wants to educate Americans about her opinion with the health law versus just hating Obama, at least tell the truth.

        July 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margaret Anders

      Oh stfu, Ina.

      July 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • CharleyMac

      She's a moron. I am a Republican and if she is the VP candidate, I will write in "Mickey Mouse" on my ballot in November. Piers Morgan shouldn't be faulted here. When you have a record of saying ruhtarded things, you're fair game for journalists.

      July 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • robert roach

      Does Piers reallize that Auto insurance is manditory to protect "innocent" people from others. Where is the comparison with health insurance, Piers. Health Insurance is for 'yourself" and should be decided by the indivdual. Auto insurance "should" be manditory (idiot)

      July 3, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Korandin

        If the argument is about 'innocent' people being affected: who is paying for the flu caught from you or anyone else? That individual didn't choose for you to give them a 'bug'. So they are the victim. How do you now pay for their well-being?

        July 3, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
      • john willow

        Like to use the word "idiot," little mister roach? Rather than comparing you unfavorably to Piers Morgan, I will try in very simple terms to explain insurance pools to you. In health care, everyone pays a small premium so that the minority who need care will not have to break the bank to get treated. You could be the next who needs treatment. Get it? You know why premiums are high with for-profit insurance companies? Because there's a much smaller pool of people, and the company wants to make a profit, regardless of whose expense the profit comes at. Piers knows the British system, which takes much better care of citizens than the American "system" does. It is not predatory, as for-profit insurance companies are. Don't be calling others idiots when you are clearly ignorant and uneducated.

        July 3, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Oh Really?

        Who pays the bill when an unisured person goes to the ER and then does not pay for it.

        Hint: Innocent people..

        July 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Out

      I'm appalled that Piers actually had Michelle Bachmann on as a guest. Why? She is absolutely pointless.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jamin0

      Bachmann is delusional. Any an outright lair. Everything she said tonight was BS.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • LRM

      I wish Pierz would not have knuckle head Michelle Bachman on his show! I live in Minnesota & she is not respected at all! I have also worked for managed care and they are the biggest rip-off artists in the world! If people only knew what really goes on with their money at insurance companies! It is not much different than what is happening on wall street! There has not been any other solutions offered from the good ole' republicans!! The insurance companies helped write this bill along with pharmaceutical companies... Get rid of insurance companies to solve this health care problem! Mitt Romney established the same policy as Obama soon people forget...Come on Americans pull your head out of the sand!

      July 3, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • mark

      Okay, is it me, but Michelle Bachman is a crazy person! Wow, people actually listen to her? I weep for America's future if people like Bachman are allow to be in charge. We are a stupid society if we are listening to Bachman.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Joe from Boston

        its not just you. Bachmann is a delusional, hateful, lying, pseudo-religious fascist clown, who has no business in Anerican politics. Nitwits like her have made it impossible to achieve any progress on this country.

        July 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris Barncare

      Amen to that. he is OBVIOUSLY a liberal who is part of CNN...wonder if he TRULYis a democrat or just acting like the recent conservative justice of the Supreme Court...shame on you Pierz...go back to England, if you are anti-American and disbelieve what "American" as a majority think, then go back home

      July 3, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • john willow

        Who the hell are you to hit Piers Morgan with your "Love it or leave it" crap?
        He has twice your intelligence, and I welcome pepole like him to the United States. People like you are what makes it a backwater.

        July 3, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris Barncard

      by the way have NOTHING on Larry King Live are so clearly one-sided it will that work for you? lets just see

      July 3, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brian tarrant

      You pin head are nothing but a bounch of nitt wits you have not idea. What going on in the world you have 7 deadly sins on your back trust me you will lose in the end. Listen to what you are saying

      July 3, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      He needs to push back when a guest is lying. You pay tax on the profit of the sale of your home if you are single and the PROFIT is $250,000 or $500,000 for a married couple. Attached is a link to factcheck .org

      An interviewer needs to call out his guest when they don't tell the truth.

      July 3, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • StevenCee

      Ina, since we see so few anymore, you've obviously forgotten what a "journalist's" job is, and that is to seek & report what's TRUE. If a guest insists on evading responding to questions, instead filibustering with talking points full of misinformation & just plain lies, it most certainly IS the job of a true journalist to argue with them!
      And FYI, he is now a US citizen, so he will be voting, sorry.....

      July 3, 2012 at 3:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Abe

      Piers is right. Ms Bachman was making irresponsible statements misleading the American people by saying Obama care has also a tax of 3.8 which all have to pay. I was a republican and my loyalties not any more with republicans. Yes car insurance by choice and if you want to keep a car, buy insurance. similarly, the very fact that you are alive that implies health, requires care and I am not willing to pay for some one else's health care. you better get your own.

      July 3, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • john

      too bad you can vote...

      July 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Abe

      This appear to be one sided argument only because being a guest at the prime time TV and a contender to be the nominee for President USA, she was talking like one of those woman on the street. She was making up stories or who ever is coaching her need to do their home work.
      Americans are not dumb. They can see through the republicans making a desperate attempt. I have nothing against any political party, but trying to mislead public is a no! no! no!. Ye4s I also understand that she was / is a lawyer by profession and I guess she is used to making statements either to over turn a conviction or uphold it.

      July 6, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • spinbob

      Who cares? She's obviously such a ditz that she has no clue at all about what she's saying, much less what the impact will be on the GOP. And I doubt she cares about that, since she's about at TP as she can get.
      In other words, an idiot.

      July 20, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Abe

        This woman talks like the ones on the street. Without checking her source of information starts blabbering what ever is stored in that otherwise empty space between her ears

        July 21, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lisa from California

    Kelly Ann Conway is an idiot. She knows people in Manhattan that don't have a car therefore they don't have car insurance?! I just got back from Manhattan and I sure hope that the taxi drivers that we relied on have insurance because they are insane drivers. "Ding ding ding". As a person with pre existing health conditions, I have found it incredibly difficult to even find a carrier. I pay over $700.00 a month, not including payments to my pain specialist who does not even accept insurance. He charges me $220.00 per visit which is not deductible. The insurance covers my medication and although I can't afford it, I borrow the money from my parents just in case I do not have to have another major or minor surgery. I was facing that at the beginning of the year and I have two more elective surgeries that I am fretting about. It's about time that America has taken our first large step into public health care. Bravo Piers! Just like The Missing Person's song "Walking In L.A."... nobody walks in L.A.!

    July 2, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Finally have affordable health care


      The Healthcare Act allows you to purchase affordable insurance even with a pre-existing condition. I had a one-time condition 2 years ago and I was dropped from my insurance when my COBRA ran out. I could not get insurance anywhere, it wasn't about costs, they flat out denied me. Meanwhile, I slippled and broke a bone and had to go to the emergency room. The emergency room and ambulance charges are almost $20K. I do not qualify for aid so I'm stuck with this bill, which actually would've been less if the hospital charged an insurance company. Since then, I signed up for health insurance through "ObamaCare". My premium is less than $400 month (which is even cheaper than my COBRA was), almost every doc and hospital is included and they even have wellness programs and low copays. It's called the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan and the website is You can choose between Kaiser and another which is more like a PPO.

      Please do not listen to the rhetoric out there. Just do the research and you'll see how the American people are actually benefitting.

      July 2, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Dr Riki Roi

    Just watched Pierce Morgan show with Michelle B. on it. Unreal, I cannot believe how much she gives out misinformation ! I just got thru reading some of the Obama Care Plan and I present (2) very clear untruths on her part. 1) she says "everyone will have to 3.8% tax on their sale of their homes". Fact : only applies to folks making over $250,000.00 which is 5% of US population. Secondly she said "every American will be forced to buy government insurance or pay a tax / penalty. Fact : just the folks who do not have it which is 32 million folks. With her it is like The Sky is Falling". She is unstable from what I saw on the show tonight. We need calm level headed people looking out for the American people

    July 2, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • CharleyMac

      Yes those fudged facts and crazy eyes are token Bachmann. Moderate Republicans like me are as sick of the ignorance of the Tea Party as we are of liberals running up the debt. Why can't politicians on both sides tell the truth and the whole truth? It's not hard. They teach it in kindergarten.

      July 2, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Monroe

      Couldn't have said it better... Bachman's a drama queen and a pathological liar (either that, or she just says whatever comes to mind for an answer whether it makes sense or not, whether it's fact or fiction, while still claiming it's fact, or maybe she's just a puppet saying whatever someone tells her to say... but her interviews over the years have always contained more lies than facts). I wouldn't trust her if she told me the sky was blue... I'd walk my happy butt out and check for myself.

      She's simply not trustworthy.

      July 2, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • CharleyMac

        Didn't she blame swine flu on Democrats? It was something like "I think it's ironic that we had swine flu when Jimmy Carter was president, and now we have it under Obama". Who says things like that? GOP, send her back to the mothership with SP please.

        July 2, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Finally have affordable health care

      Not only is the tax on profits from the sale of a house for those earning over $250K, the profits also have to be greater than $500K.

      July 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris Barncard

      no, excuse me but our current Prez just gave us "misinformation:"....

      July 3, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Kevin O.

    It's also not for Michele Bachmann to do a job she is paid to do. She would rather flit around chasing down demons which don't exist and scream about how the sky is falling. I hope you fall down a flight of stairs and break your neck, only to survive and be a predominately conscious prisoner of your body until you die of old, or in your case "older", age.

    July 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris Barncard

      this is NOT TRUE..people like you are not about the truth, or what we were founded on. Michelle stands for ethics, morality and OBVIOUS truth...if you THINK we are in a good state, as the current Prez campaigned on, then get a clue...i would MUCH RATHER, have a Prez who is founded on God, morality and just simple common sense..

      July 3, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Dan

        Truth, She would know the truth if she stepped in it. And what is morally wrong about people being able to afford going to the doctor. If Jesus were alive he'd be a liberal democrat.

        July 3, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
      • john willow

        All you have to do to assess Bachmann's credibility is go to Politifact and see how many False and Pants-on-Fire ratings she has received for her various claims. Needless to say, her credibility is very low.

        July 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kevin


    July 2, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. James Monroe

    People may be right in that you're not required by law to buy a car unless you have car insurance, and that no one forces you to buy a car


    No one in America is FORCED to get healthcare, so by the same token, le's not force people to purchase healthcare;


    Let's refuse them healthcare if they have no Health Insurance, just as you would be refused service if you tried to buy a car from a dealership and did not have auto insurance.

    America isn't like this, and therefor we won't refuse healthcare to those who need it. The only other way to do this is to mandate every American, who can afford it, to buy Health Insurance. Or we refuse the uninsured care... But you can not have it both ways – no mandate and we still offer care to every Tom, Dick, and Harry who don't have insurance, and who can afford it, but choose not to buy it.

    Whereas, this makes Ms. Bachman's (and the rest of the Republican party for that matter) argument no longer logical or rational. You are required to have Auto Insurance when you own a car, not doing so will ultimately lead to a suspension of your license to operate a motor vehicle and/or jail time. Yet, we reward individuals without Health Insurance by giving them healthcare, healthcare they are much more likely not to pay for or unable to pay for.

    So her (or anyone else using this argument) argument just doesn't hold up.

    July 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris Barncard

      Amen to your comment!!!! you get it....Mr. Morgan thought he "had her" on that question, and its NOT the same toche to you being a minority like me on an obvious media run democratic "new" station.....

      July 3, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Karen

        Oh goody, another tooth to be puleld Monday. A tooth needing a crown removed, decay cleaned out, root canal and a new crown..... cost for me about $1,500. Guess why I am having the freakin tooth puleld! Dental insurance covers a whopping 40% and I'm left with $1,500. Wonder why people can't afford the dentist any more.... dental insurance sucks. I can see dentures in my future!

        September 8, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • john willow

      Here's how some teeth can be put into the law – although I think only a tiny minority of people without insurance will not buy it – if you refuse to buy insurance, then suddenly try to get it when you're sick, you will have a six-month waiting period before it kicks in. In the meantime, you will have to go to hospital emergency rooms, where you will be fully billed for services. Costs for these services will be added to your insurance premiums.

      July 3, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Stephen Thompson

    I am not sure what Pierce Morgan doesn't get? Regardless of the other facts Michele has this one right.
    Driving a car is a choice – not a right – its a privilege and you have to buy insurance to finance this privilege. ObamaCare mandates that we have to buy insurance simply by being alive. If our mother choses to let us live, then that may be the end of the choices that we have. We need to abort Obama from office. Since, I have a valid drivers license, insurance and I-pass, I would love the privilege to drive Obama back to Chicago.

    July 2, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Monroe

      Maybe I'm just missing something here... but the last I checked, getting healthcare is also a choice.

      The Healthcare Act DOES NOT mandate you simply buy health insurance simply because you're alive... It mandates everyone buy insurance because everyone who's alive goes to some form of a healthcare facility at least once a year (usually more). There is a very important and DISTINCT difference.

      Please see my post above to see why your analogy, just as Bachman;s, does not hold logic or rational. (Even though I realize this could be construed as rude, please understand I'm not trying to be. People have a right to their opinions, that's okay and awesome... but what I'm saying isn't that your opinion is worthless, or anything of the sort, because I don't believe that, but that it's factually flawed.)

      July 2, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cynthia


      What opponents of the healthcare act don't get is that most people want health insurance and affordable health care. For the small number of people who can afford health insurance and choose not to, the rest of society should not have to pay for freeloaders who get sick or get in an accident and show up at the emergency room. Mitt Romney, The Heritage Foundation, Newt Ginrich, the list of GOP goes on an on, have pushed for this individual mandate and penalities for the freeloaders. Look it up.

      July 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • James Monroe

        They probably have... but that really doesn't matter because there's no results. Health care reform has been needed since the 90's, but every politician, except Obama, has placed their ratings and reelection goals over what's in the best interest of the American people.

        Whether or not you, or I, or the purple people eater agrees with the Healthcare Act isn't the important point... that would be why has the American people allowed themselves to be continually screwed by politician's own aspirations for reelection and good poll numbers. Since this has been what's been going on in Congress for the past 4 years, I think there's the answer.

        This isn't a republican or democrat issue... it's an american values one. There's really only two choices in this instance, forcing the un-insured to buy healthcare, which this act does, or refusing them medical treatment when they need it for not being insured, which is un-American and would never fly.

        And for those of you who hate this act... do yourselves a favor and EDUCATE yourselves. This does not mean watch partisan News stations like Fox and MSNBC (CNN is practically non-partisan, with HDNET being 100% non-partisan), or listen to what candidates or members of Congress say (because they're never going to tell you what the ACTUAL facts are, but are going to repeatedly lie to your face and give you little to no honesty). What educating yourself entails would be ACTUALLY READING THE HEALTHCARE ACT.

        If, after you've read the healthcare act, dispelling all the B.S. that currently fills people's heads about it, and you still disagree, then great. But at least now, unlike 99% of the rest of the population, you're actually informed with the facts.

        There's a reason I don't, and will never, vote... anybody running is going to give you a line of B.S. that stretches to the moon and back just to get voters (like Romney has repeatedly done time and again... in the primaries, he had to go waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to the right, and blatantly lie just to get those conservative voters, instead of letting Santorum get them) I almost broke my rule and voted for Obama because here's a guy who 9/10 times will give it to you straight, is a guy I'd love to just shoot the breeze with, and is highly intelligent. More than likely, I will break my rule and vote this election, because my vote will be needed.

        July 2, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Monroe

      Healthcare is a PRIVILEGE, it is NOT a RIGHT.

      It's about time America wakes up to this... because the contrary is not pleasant:

      Over $40,000,000,000 a year is what hospitals nationwide are forced to eat as uncollected medical debt from patients, majority from patients with no health insurance.

      A lot of people wonder why a band aid costs $40 or so in a hospital, why a box of Kleenex @28, why simply walking into an E.R. (not even being seen) a minimum $250, etc. Has no one (from individuals who oppose the Healthcare Act) put two and two together? Seriously?

      This is not a coincidence... so opposing this bill, you think you're helping yourself?; you're just causing yourself to have to pay more whenever you get healthcare treatment from a doctor, nurse, clinic, hospital, etc. There's a major reason why the U.S. has the highest healthcare costs, and while drug companies are a big factor, the biggest is unpaid medical bills from patients.

      July 2, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • CharleyMac

        You're smart. I like you. But we should also add to that the fact that it costs 15,000 to ride in a freaking ambulance. My grandma had a $ 65,000 bill for surgery and 6 weeks in the hospital. Thankfully Medicare covered that. But the question we need to ask is why the heck it costs that much? The dr visited her maybe twice a week for 5 minutes at a time. Somebody is ripping us off somewhere. I'm not so sure Obamacare addresses that the best way. JMO

        July 2, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cynthia

        You are so RIGHT James. I was rushed to the hospital and spent 3 weeks in there. They saved my life and I am forever grateful. Fortunately, I was insured at that time. The hospital charges were nearly over $375,000 but they only charged the insurance company $125,000 because the insurance company is able to negotiate a discount that individuals can't. Had I not been insured and unable to pay the bill, those costs would have been spread out amongst everyone else. By law, hospitals have to save your life if you go to the emergency room but, until now, there was no way to make uninsured people pay a dime.

        July 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris Barncard

      Amen to you! He is just looking to get ratings and quite frankly he is NO Larry King, whom he go girl and don't relent

      July 3, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • TMM

      When someone takes a cab or rides a bus or has a pizza delivered to them, they are still paying for car insurance even if it is indirectly.

      July 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Alan

    The argument that requiring persons to purchase health insurance is no different than requiring them to buy automobile insurance doesn't "hold water". The justification for requiring automobile insurance is that it's to protect innocent parties involved in an accident, not the person forced to buy the insurance. Requiring persons to purchase health insurance is requiring them to buy something to protect themselves (from the cost of health services) whether they want to be protected or not.

    July 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Monroe

      You are partially correct... but you'r missing a very large and important part.

      "Requiring persons to purchase health insurance is requiring them to buy something to protect themselves (from the cost of health services) whether they want to be protected or not."

      Requiring persons to purchase health insurance is NOT just requiring them to buy something to protect JUST themselves... it's to protect every other American who already has insurance (equivalent to the PASSENGER), it's to protect the healthcare provider (equivalent to the CAR).

      You have a responsibility to guarantee that YOUR healthcare costs ARE NOT going to affect both the healthcare provider or other insured Americans. This Act guarantees that, period. It's time for Americans to start taking responsibility for their health and healthcare.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Monroe

      Not having Health Insurance is NOT A VICTIMLESS CRIME.

      If you believe it is, then you are truly disillusioned.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Calvin Coolidge

      There is a huge difference between health insurance and car insurance that Piers Morgan, Cong. Bachmann and the people who have posted here so far have completely missed. Car insurance is broken into parts one is collision and the other is liability. Health insurance is like the collision part of your car insurance policy. The government doesn't require car owners to buy collision coverage for their car. The part that is required by law is LIABILITY insurance. It is based a car owner's responsibility for his or her actions. The two are just not related and even a caveman knows that.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris Barncard

      wait!!! i take it back, you are Pro Pierz,,,i am not,,,his rebuttle was a weak attempt at humiliating Michelle....;you, like Americ ais NOT getting it with just DONT get are caught up in his "celebrity" type status and that is not a "world leader"....wake up

      July 3, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. James Monroe

    Healthcare in the U.S. is going to cost a lot, regardless, because of how technically advanced our healthcare is (top of the line ambulances can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars); however, costs have gotten so out of hand due to the $40 Billion of uncompensated care the healthcare industries has to essentially write off and take a loss on. And yes, some might say well they sell them to collection agencies... yes, sell being the operative word, selling for pennies on the dollar. This is why you're able to settle a collection account for around 28% of what the balance is.

    Whether or not you agree with the Act, it's the president's job not to do what's popular, but to do what's right... even when politicians and the American people can't see at first it is the right thing to do. It's like the smoking ban... I remember the uproar over no smoking allowed within 50' of buildings nationwide when it was enacted, and for months afterwards... but the rewards outweighed the cost.

    The rewards of the healthcare bill are healthcare prices will eventually decrease, Federal spending will be reduced by around 3.2 Trillion a year (or maybe it's 2.3... it's one of the two), people who refuse to buy insurance will no longer be jacking up healthcare costs by the thousands for insurance people, pre-existing conditions will automatically be covered (how many of you have family members with heart conditions, mental illnesses, cancers, etc), and there's a lot of other benefits that I can't remember

    So many of you have chosen to listen to biased news (which will do anything for ratings), politicians, friends/family/co-workers who really have no clue what they're talking about and are simply repeating what they heard from someone else. I'll guarantee you that no one who has a negative opinion about the bill has ACTUALLY read the entire bill. Instead of picking up a book, or reading law, Americans are lazy and what to feed their pig, their instant gratification.

    Knowledge is power... (it's why blackmail works) please do yourselves the favor by educating yourselves, failing to do so is doing an injustice to yourself. There's no reason why someone today should have an excuse to not be educated and informed about something that means something to them.

    July 2, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sassy Sarah

      Well said. Yeah, its a long read, but you cannot logically argue against it if you don't understand it. How many republicans have actually read and understand it?

      July 3, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Dawn Skaggs

    Piers, to answer your question to Michelle regarding the difference in car and health insurance. The difference in being forced to purchase car insurance and health insurance is car insurance is required to protect other drivers and the finance company with whom your car is financed through not yourself. An individual having or not having health insurance only affects them not others.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Monroe

      Not to be rude, but you're factually wrong. Please see my posts above to understand why.

      Expressing your opinion is great and amazing, however if you see posts here already, why not take the time to skim through them to understand others points of view, or to see if what you claim as fact hasn't already been addressed and shown to be factually flawed.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Yefrizhito

        I wish people woldun't use answers to link to their own website.First of all: In the UK there are many aggregator' websites comparing car insurance premiums they charge the insurer for any policy placed with them so that the insurer gets no cost advantage and the customer finds they have bought a policy through a middleman (the website) that will be of no benefit to them should they need help.To a lesser extent buying through an insurance company online is similar. They don't pay a broker or middleman but they certainly pay a lot more to advertise on TV and in the press. If you have a problem with their service then who will you call to help you?If you buy through an insurance broker (i.e. someone who is an agent for many companies) then not only do they do the running around for you at renewal, they also act on your behalf should you have any queries in the adminstration of your policy or if you need to make a claim.Think of the difference in prices as an annual fee that the broker charges for this service then imagine you asked a lawyer or an accountant to look after your legal or financial matters. Which professional is offering the best value for money?

        September 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nita

      Not true, those who do not have health insurance do affect others. Unfortunately, our system does take care of the uninsured so my premiums go up all the time to take care of the free loaders that will not purchase insurance because they are ignorant and think it doesn't affect any one else but them.

      July 3, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • CB


      Who do you think pays for uncompensated ER visits, the tooth fairy?

      July 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. charliebleu

    Why is PM pretending this crazy is relevant?

    July 3, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. batjones

    The reason all Americans need to be covered by insurance is not because they may have an emergency illness. All Americans need to be covered because they are carriers of illness. People in hospitals and locker rooms do not get staph infections on their own. They are infected by the diseases that others carry. Consider all of the poor working class uninsured legal immigrants that are preparing your food and hotel rooms when you travel. Do you wonder why you always get sick when you return home? All residents in the United States need to be covered.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. charliebleu

    Michelle Bachman lives in fear of Americans seeking honest tax instruction and middle Americans understanding the tax code...

    July 3, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Monroe

      LOL beautifully stated 😉

      July 3, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jamin0

    Bachmann is a nutcase.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Mike

    The empty-headed Michelle Bachman says that Obamacare represents a major change to our healthcare programs. Yes, indeed, it does. People who have been unfairly denied coverage will be able to get coverage. That is a HUGE change and a very good change for America.

    It is time for Ms. Bachman and her fellow Republicans to stop falsely claiming that the current American healthcare system is the best in the world. Baloney. When millions and millions of people are unable to get coverage, that is NOT a good system.

    I throw up every time I see this woman spreading her false and/or erroneous statements.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Island LOVE

    Michelle Bachman when away for awhile, please don't let her back in talking her scare tactics.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. David Meyers

    You keep using the wrong example. Car insurance isn't it. What is identical is paying estimated taxes. Employees never have to deal with it. But if you pay your own taxes, you are required to make estimated payments each quarter. If you do not correctly pay your estimated taxes within a certain percentage, you pay a penalty when you file your return.

    The typical wage earner never deals with the estimated tax penalty it because it is the employer who withholds on each paycheck, and pays quarterlies. People who have an intimate understanding are those like me who are self-employed. The argument that says this is so bad with health care is really pretty ridiculous if your are a typical wage earner with health insurance… you’ll never see it. Like everything else, the folks who will likly pay are those like me, self-employed, sometimes without enough income to pay the insurance and decide to take the penalty. I'll go for the tax credits at my age, 57!

    July 3, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Sylvia Bonadio

    This interview proves that Michelle Bachman has no grasp of real facts nor the actual benefits of the concept of national health care as it is currently written.. she has made baseless claims about what this law is going to do to scare the uneducated in to supporting Mitt Romney. She is a disaster representing the Republican party.. , and I just hope that the American public can distinguish her babble from actual facts. Now Piers is bashing her fearmongering.. thank you Piers.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Monroe


      So true. I've never understood why she get's interviewed... it's even worse than listening to Artie Fleischer, he's bad enough, but Bachman makes you want to bang your head against a wall and repeat "where are the facts" "where are the facts" "where are the facts" She's an idiot and fanatical nut.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. charliebleu

    Anybody who does not replicate your views MUST be wrong!

    July 3, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Monroe

      Who was this directed at?

      July 3, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Nita

    Piers why did you not ask Ms. Bachmann about her duel citizenship in a nation that has socialized health care, to which she is so clearly opposed?! What is wrong with this picture?? (I believe it is Switzerland or Sweden, your team will have to check.)

    July 3, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • john willow

      Switzerland does not have what you call "socialized" health care, which is just another name for a single-payer system. Switzerland has private insurers all regulated by the government.

      July 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • john kneeland

        Also, with "socialized medicine," doctors work directly for the government. In contrast to this, in Canada doctors are in private practice but bill the government instead of insurance companies.

        July 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  21. max

    Mr. Morgan
    You let this Obama person go on and on, she had lie about most of what the other person had said. When that person try to stand up for her self with no help from you. She than said she was in a bad mood and touches, when she only said where did I say that? and why are you being let go on an on when I keep getting cut off with ever thing Morgan said. So again we see the Dem’s at it again cut the GOP’s off and let the Dem’s go on and on which is why most hate the Dem’s. I wanted the Obama care heath act but after listening to this woman and you may be I don’t! just because of you two and the unfairness of the way the GOP get treated. I’m not that big of a fan of Mrs. Palin, but I was ashamed of the way they were treated, and the over look of many thing Mr. Obama was clearly not called out on. How do you do it? How do you act so unfair to one and so over fair to some one else aren’t you a shame? But than you are from that places and we want nothing to do with it. They are class haters and only come here to act all great to us. That is why all of them are Dem’s its England light.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Monroe

      Please spell check and post again... your post doesn't make any sense.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Tom McDonald

    After watching Bachman I had to check on her statement that EVERYBODY would pay a 3.8% on the sale of their home. Actually it requires the seller to make more than 250,000 a year and the sell of the house has to be more than 500,000. I dont know about anyone else but I dont l live in a 500,000 housenor do I believe EVERYBODY lives in a 500,000 dollar house. Of course this is typical of Ms. Bachman. The problem is millions of ignorrant people will believe anything someone on radio or tv says if its from their political party. That is the reason behind the terrible discourse in this country. The Limbaughs, Hannitys, Obermanns, and the like slant their statements for ratings, and people eat it up. Just about everyone has computers or access to them(PUBLIC LIBRARIES) use them and check your facts.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Barbara Navarro

    The comparison with auto insurance is not accurate because you can decide not to drive a car, thereby not putting others at risk. However, everyone is eligible for emergency room care in a crisis. The only way to make the comparison with auto insurance analogous would be to make those who do not have medical insurance ineligible for emergency care, which means allowing them to lie on the sidewalk in front of the hospital and bleed to death. I hope no one actually advocates for this. Otherwise, people who get emergency room care they cannot pay for are getting a free ride that the rest of us are paying for, just as those who cause a wreck without insurance get a free ride at the expense of the other driver.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Nita

    So, according to the Republicans if one chooses not to purchase health insurance then you do not receive health care when you are sick or have an accident, so, that means people who choose this option are just left in the street?? Do I have this right according to Republicans?? Please respond, I'm confused because it seems the party line is that only those who purchase health insurance may have health care since their is no more "free lunch" for those who do not have health insurance. The whole point of Obama care was to make it affordable for even the most poor. According to Republicans you have to be wealthy enough to purchase health insurance. This is not always possible – thus the reason for government mandate. So I say again, if one can not purchase health insurance or chooses not to then what is the alternative for the uninsured - do they die??

    July 3, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Daniel

    The debate over healthcare is missing the crucial arguement. Half a trillion dollars is coming out of medicare at a time when babyboomers are flooding the system to pay for this. Does anyone rationally think that they will make up even one tenth of this amount in finding fraud which is how our President stated the funds for medicare will be preserved? The truth is nobody is sure how much this huge undertaking will cost. What is certain is that every government program ends up with overcosts many times the original estimates. Government accounting NEVER gets the actual figures correct and robbing seniors of half a trillion in healthcare is a poor way to fund any bill.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Monroe

      How are seniors being robbed of healthcare? Am I missing something, or did I misunderstand your post?

      July 3, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • john willow

        You're not misunderstanding his post. He's passing on misinformation being spread by Mitt Romney, who was fact-checked by ABC (

        From the article: "Medicare spending will continue to grow, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), but ACA will slow that growth. According to a report from the Kaiser Family Health Foundation over the next 10 years, the federal government will devote about $500 billion less to Medicare than it would have without ACA.

        "CMS and the Kaiser Family Foundation tell ABC News that there will be no benefit cuts to Medicare. They say instead of Medicare’s being cut, there will be much more spending at the end of a 10-year window, but it does slow the rate of that growth. This is all unless Congress makes drastic changes to Medicare, for example passing House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare Plan.

        "CMS says—and Kaiser agrees—that spending will be reduced by getting rid of fraud and ending overpayments to private insurance companies. It sends a message to those insurance companies: Operate more efficiently.

        "And instead of cuts, the CMS says they will be able to fund new benefits, including free preventive care and broader prescription coverage, including closing the “doughnut hole” affecting seniors."

        July 3, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  26. Sassy Sarah

    As much as I can't stand her, I'm glad she got on the show, just to show that if you Republican, you don't to have an argument based on facts and logic, you can always talk over the top of the host and still try to make your point. As did the other Republican guest on the show tonight. Take their insurance and their money away, give them some kind of chronic disease, and let them fend for their own health care in a system that lets more people fall through the cracks than it helps. Make them poor enough they have to decide between health care and feeding their children, then maybe they will be qualified to argue against The Affordable Care Act.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Tom McDonald

    to clarify those numbers stated above are for a married couple. Also 3.8% tax on 500,000 home sale is and has always been in place under the capital gains tax.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Sam

    If the argument is that you don't have to have a car if you don't want to pay auto insurance
    Will it be ok to make you pay or deny you medical access in the emergency room if you cannot pay the day you come with an ailment or injury since you have refused not to buy health insurance when you can afford it
    I definitely don't want to pay for your health bill

    July 3, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Mr. Mccrady

    Mr. Morgan asked congresswoman Michele Bachmann does she have car insurance; as if he had a point. The thing that Mr. Morgan forgets is that there is a plethora of car insurance companies, all competing for the peoples' business. There is not just one. We have a choice. I dare anyone to challenge my logic.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Monroe

      That's not really the point...

      This isn't about whether people should have a choice between carriers, which by the way YOU'LL STILL HAVE with the healthcare act; its about whether everyone should have healthcare.

      So I'm failing to see how this is a relevant argument...

      July 3, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Barbara Navarro

      There are also many health insurance companies, and you can buy an individual policy from whichever you want (if you can afford it, and if Obamacare is not overturned in Congress, thereby allowing insurance companies to deny coverage again).

      July 3, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • john willow

      Your "logic" is easily challenged. What part of the fact that all the health insurance companies will still be there don't you understand? They will all still be competing for your business. But there will be new options (the exchanges), and no company will be able to deny you coverage. This is utterly simple. You don't get it?

      July 3, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Fred

    Michelle Bachmann was a lame guest. Responding to all questions with talking points instead of answering and addressing the questions individually on its own merit. Just another gimp-galloping politician. What ever happened to intellectual debate in the news?

    July 3, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Monroe

      It's become non-existent in the congress of today, with politicians being obedient little puppies (awwww aren't you a good boy! yes you are! yes you are!) doing ONLY what their told by their party leader and ONLY saying what their told to say by their party leader. Instead of being intelligent and being leaders, what they were elected to do.. lead, they choose to roll over and ask how high when told to jump by Boehner, like good little doggies. PATHETIC

      July 3, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Anke

    Piers, I like watching your program because you are one person who says it how it is! The one question I have is why do you keep having these big mouthed Republican women on who never know when to keep quiet and in the meantime they get WAY too much airtime! I live in Canada and we have national health care and it works fine. EVERYBODY has it and everybody can go to see doctors, go to hospitals and see specialists without going bankrupt like some people do in the States.Please have some other guests on your show who show some intelligence. Thanks!

    July 3, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Daniel

    In two years my single work healthcare premiums have jumped from 18 dollars a week to 40. When I called Medical Mutal to get an explanation I was told" who did you think was going to pay for 30 million more Americans on healthcare "

    July 3, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Monroe

      My question to you is, you actually took this as a statement of fact? Seriousl?!?!

      I could say a lot... but instead, educate yourself. Take the time to actually read factual information, maybe starting with something like, oh... the Affordable Care Act. Having an opinion is okay and awesome... but being ignorant, that's just doing yourself an injustice.

      July 3, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Dawn Skaggs

        First of all, explain how auto insurance is to protect other drivers and finance companies not factual. If it weren't more than Liability would be required.

        Secondly, Medicaid is the problem with healthcare coverage. And, unless we make people who can work (I'm not talking about people who are honestly disabled and can't work) pay their own way, we are going to have this problem. They aren't going to pay and the taxpayers are forced to provide Medicaid to them.

        Congress hasn't even read the entire Affordable Care Act, so what makes you think anyone believes you have?

        July 3, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • James Monroe

      By the way, your premiums have jumped for 1 of 2 reasons, or both... either your employers rate went up (most likely) or something in your health or age changed to put you into a different risk bracket (even more likely).

      It's individuals like this, who hear a biased opinion and run with it, forming their own opinions and beliefs around it... without stopping for one second to actually fact check the information. I

      t's not only reckless and irresponsible, it's plain stupid.

      July 3, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Daniel

        My premiums did not jump in a pool of over 10,000 workers because of age ect. While I agree that the explanation from my provider was trite and stupid- I did not state I believed it but that this is the arguement many providers are using. The facts are premiums are rising 9% a year on average (the lucky autoworkers do not have to pay Obamas's cadillac tax on their insurance 2014 even though many were able to keep their jobs at goverment expense) Our President did not apply this law fairly, he applied it for his own political advantage,

        July 3, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
      • john willow

        "the lucky autoworkers do not have to pay Obamas's cadillac tax on their insurance 2014 even though many were able to keep their jobs at goverment expense"

        What are you ranting about? There will not be a tax on your health insurance in 2014. There will be penalties for those who refuse to buy insurance, and the IRS will enforce the penalties by deducting them from income tax refunds. If you think Obama could have let the auto business go under, you are out of touch with reality (as is your buddy, Mitt Romney). No president could have avoided the bailout.

        July 3, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  33. Brian tarrant

    You pin head are nothing but a bunch of nitt wits working for you. You Have not idea. What going on you have the world 7 deadly sins on your back trust me you will lose in the end.. Listen to what you are saying. 25 year as a UNION PIPE FITTTER Disabled from regans ADM *$ 1990 84 hours a week 6 mothes at a time no time off DecatUR ,ill slave labor.

    July 3, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  34. John Q. Public

    I loved it when PM asked her what the difference between Romney praising his individual mandate when he was Governor of Mass. and Obamacares mandate. Her answer was " Well because that was just one state" DUH BECAUSE HE WAS A GOVERNOR. After listening to her, I had to talk to my 3 year old just to stimulate my brain again.

    July 3, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • David Anderson

      I'm sure your three year old has more intelligence too. Thanks for your input John Q.

      July 3, 2012 at 3:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Daniel

    The Comparrison with healthcare in Canada or Europe is just plain stupid. Nearly 40% of U.S Citizens are obese, over 10% morbidly obese. How can a country that has a huge percentage of its population in poor health ever have affordable healthcare to begin with. We are 5% of the worlds populatiuon and we consume over a third of all resources on the planet.

    July 3, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  36. fredherrman

    Piers Morgan has to get off of his analogy of Obamacare with car insurance. I know Piers is bright, but this analogy is useless. Having a license and therefore needing car insurance is a privilege and not something you are force to do simply because you are living and breathing. I could go fishing in Bass Lake and therefore need a fishing license, or I could go hiking Mt. Whitney and need a day pass from the ranger's station. But no one is forcing me to do any of those activities. Find a better analogy, Piers.

    July 3, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Simran

      The primary dreivr is the person who drives the vehicle the most, or has possession of it the most. The secondary would be other people who drive the car on occasion. To be a secondary, you must be listed as a part time/secondary dreivr on the policy. Depending on your secondary's dreivr license, your rates could be much higher, not change. If the person is under 25, and particularly male, your rates will increase substantially. Defensive driving classes help reduce your rates, for each person who takes a class and passes.

      September 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Acholi

      Primary driver is who drveis the car the most, 100%? 80%, 10%? The primary driver of the car is who the premium is primarily based upon, secondary driver info comes into play as well. So if you're a guy with a horrible driving record and you just bought a sports car, probably don't want to be the primary driver of that vehicle.

      September 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  37. C. Dunbar

    Michelle Bachmann and Kellyanne Conway on the same show? It was like a remake of Dumb and Dumber! I could actually feel my brain cells dying.

    July 3, 2012 at 3:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • John Q. Public

      "Hey we're not JUST a pretty face" Ummm yes you are Michelle and Kellyanne. At least you have that going for ya

      July 3, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Roselyn Ferguson

    Michelle Bachman is a fruitcake, the lies that were pouring out her mouth tonight were bad. She needed to be challanged on the remarks she was saying, should have had someone from the other side there, Then there was that rude blonde bimbo who has no manners.

    July 3, 2012 at 3:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  39. WorldCares

    Excellant interview with Glenn Frey. He touched home. I shall comment more when you post his interview

    July 3, 2012 at 4:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  40. john willow

    Piers probably interviewed Michelle Bachmann partly for ratings and partly to challenge her logic publicly, but I'm not sure how productive this is. I think it would be better that she be denied interviews on mainstream news outlets (CNN, ABC, CBS, etc.) She is a proven serial liar, and space should be reserved for credible, qualified guests with some expertise on healthcare and other issues. Let Fox News be her propaganda outlet.

    July 3, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  41. The reasoning for Piers on TV

    It seems that every day I am getting sicker and sicker of Piers Morgan being on TV during the time a really get to relax and enjoy the end of my day. Why does CNN have him on the network? How did he get this far? He continuously asks his guests questions, and if he doesnt immediately get the answer he is seeking, he rudly interrupts. Anyone who does not know the difference between car insurance which is purchased by choice, and medical isurance which is now a mandate, should not be on the network and his opinion means nothing to anyone in my household. PLEASE GET HIM OFF THE AIR!!!!

    July 3, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • BSC

      Yes, let's forget the fact that Bachmann made statement after statement that were either misleading or flat out lies. It is Piers Morgan's show, and his right to question her on those lies. He also has the right to keep the interview on point, and re-ask a question when the interviewee dodges it.
      Perhaps you would find FOX "News" more to your liking.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  42. SteveC

    An interviewer asks a question and reasonably should expect an answer to the question. If the interviewee does not answer the question, the interviewer should re-ask and probe to get the original question answered. Unfortunately, we seem to have interviewees who want to 1) repeat a party talking point independent of the question asked and 2) have decided that they can control the interview by never stopping to talk. Interviewers then must resort to interrupting the interviewee (or trying to) to get back to the original question.

    A suggestion for Mr. Morgan and others. Inform all interviewees and the audience at the start of the show that you reserve the right to turn off an interviewee's microphone if they can not behave like a polite adult – answer the question asked, give others a chance to speak, don't interrupt, speak the truth, etc. Two rudes don't make it right, but the tactics of too many interviewees suggests a change by interviewers is needed to give viewers a chance to hear different points of view presented one at a time.

    July 3, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  43. ronmann1

    i am very tired of the mis information that Michele Bachmann and her republican colleagues continue to present. Her statement that all homes sales will result in a 3.8% tax for the health care program is very misleading. I do not think she deserves any airspace on national TV. Here is my research on that issue which shows a much different picture.

    The truth is that only a tiny percentage of home sellers will pay the tax. First of all, only those with incomes over $200,000 a year ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly) will be subject to it. And even for those who have such high incomes, the tax still won’t apply to the first $250,000 on profits from the sale of a personal residence — or to the first $500,000 in the case of a married couple selling their home.

    We can understand how this misconception got started. The law itself is couched in highly technical language that only a qualified tax expert can fully grasp. (This provision begins on page 33 of the reconciliation bill that was passed and signed into law.) And it does say the tax falls on "net gain … attributable to the disposition of property." That would include the sale of a home. But the bill also says the tax falls only on that portion of any gain that is "taken into account in computing taxable income" under the existing tax code. And the fact is, the first $250,000 in profit on the sale of a primary residence (or $500,000 in the case of a married couple) is excluded from taxable income already. (That exclusion doesn’t apply to vacation homes or rental properties.)

    The Joint Committee on Taxation, the group of nonpartisan tax experts that Congress relies on to analyze tax proposals, underscores this in a footnote on page 135 of its report on the bill. The note states: "Gross income does not include … excluded gain from the sale of a principal residence."

    And just to be sure, we checked with William Ahern, director of policy and communications for the nonprofit, pro-business Tax Foundation. "Some home sales would see a tax increase under this bill," Ahern told us, "but it would have to be a second home or a principal residence generating [a gain of] more than $250,000 ($500,000 for a couple)."

    So there you have it. The sort of people who would have to pay the tax might include, for example:

    A single executive making $210,000 a year who sells his $300,000 ski condo for a $50,000 profit. His tax on the sale of that vacation home would amount to $1,900, in addition to the capital gains tax he would have paid anyway.
    An "empty nester" couple with combined income of over $250,000 a year who sell their $1 million primary residence to move to smaller quarters. If they cleared $600,000 on the sale, they would be taxed on $100,000 of the profit (the amount over the half-million-dollar exclusion). Their health care tax on the sale would amount to $3,800 over and above the usual capital gains levy.
    However, a typical home sale would not incur any tax. In March, for example, half of all existing homes sold for $170,700 or less, according to the National Association of Realtors. Obviously, none of those sales could possibly generate a $250,000 profit, and so none would be subject to the tax.

    Thus, for the vast majority, the 3.8 percent tax won’t apply. The Tax Foundation, in a report released April 15, said the new tax on investment income (including real estate) "will hit approximately the top-earning two percent of families" when it takes effect in 2013.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Michael Jordan

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    July 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • john willow

      Made up facts, did he? Show your evidence.

      July 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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