Bachmann Against Medicaid Except When Her Husband Benefits

Minnesota Congresswoman and Republican presidential candidate has long complained that government handouts have gotten overly excessive, and that Medicaid is a program that needs to be cut.  So how is she responding to reports that her own husband has received over $160,000 in Medicaid payments at his health care clinic?

Via MSNBC:

[S]tate records show that Bachmann & Associates has been collecting payments under the Minnesota’s Medicaid program every year for the past six years. Karen Smigielski, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services, said the state’s Medicaid program is funded “about 50-50″ with federal and state monies. The funds to Bachmann & Associates are for the treatment of low-income mentally ill patients and are based on a “fee for service” basis, meaning the clinic was reimbursed by Medicaid for the services it provided.

When asked about these payments from the government, Bachmann previously claimed they were for training sessions for employees and that the clinic actually benefit from the money.  Even if that were the case, isn’t all money “indirectly” assisting the clinic by allowing it to free up other moneys to be spent on other costs?  After all, that has been Bachmann’s own excuse for explaining why Planned Parenthood shouldn’t receive any taxpayer funding even though the money can’t be used for abortions.

As for what services are being provided by the clinic being run by Marcus Bachmann, the center focuses on “Christian counseling” for mental health problems and addictions.  Marcus Bachmann has faced controversy for allegations that he counsels homosexuals to be “straight,” a claim he denies.  Yet he has been known for his public remarks saying gays must be changed. “We have to understand that barbarians need to be educated, need to be disciplined.  And just because someone thinks [they're gay] or feels it doesn’t mean we need to go down that road. That’s what is called the sinful nature.”

Is that how you want your taxpayer dollars being spent?

Photo credit: By http://www.flickr.com/people/fibonacciblue/ of Minneapolis, Minnesota [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

103 comments

Lika S.
Lika S.5 years ago

Can we say, "Republican hypocrite"?

Vlasta Molak
Vlasta M.5 years ago

Ms. Bachman is a clear example of the failure of US educational system (unless she went to a parochial schools which may be even worse then public schools as I noticed in Mid West).

Race to the top with no child left behind will worsen this state of education because it uses business model which had been proven not to work in education and health care, which are really obligations of any functional society. When salaries and very existence of a school depends on test scores (tests often are meaningless), then there is an overwhelming desire to protect one's job and cheat, as we saw among some Atlanta educators.

One should not be making money on ignorance (removing it by education) or on pain and suffering (health care). Thus both health care should be like in all other civilized countries where EVERYBODY can get care (Medicare for all), and schools need to find some other way of evaluating success, rather then dumb testing.

Ernie Miller
william Miller5 years ago

Sounds like a politacion wanting it both ways for them and no one else, unless it is for a big contributor.

Eva C.
Eva C.5 years ago

Wendy, would it not be more honest if she dropped it while "running"?

Wendy Henry
Wendy Henry5 years ago

I find it ironic that these "presidential hopefuls" have a problem with Medicaid and medicare.The health care benefits that all of these hypocrits receive while holding public office are the best in the country and GOVERNMENT FUNDED.So if Bachmann gets elected -she is going to drop her healthcare benefits?

douglas s.
Past Member 5 years ago

kathie z.,

what the "right wingers" are doing is doing away w/the middle class, and making everyone who isn't rich, poor. you are certainly right that it will bight them in the a$$, when there's no one left to buy anything...

Kathie Z.
Kathie Zirngibl5 years ago

I think the right wingers are trying to do away with the poor. First they want to do away with abortion and birth control and then they want to do away with medical care for the lower class pregnant women, children, disabled and elderly. Of course they are hypocrits. If they do get their way, it will come back to bite them in the butt. After all, the rich make most of their money from sales and services to poor and middle class persons since they are in the majority.

Sound Mind
Ronald E.5 years ago

Michael C, true! The epitomy of Douche-Baggery!

Dianne L.
Dianne L.5 years ago

I think that when people like Bachmann believe that they have what it takes to be the President of United States and have a support base of this notion (anyone can be president); Apparently, these people have no understanding of what entails in governing a powerful nation such as ours. It is also amazing that they are fine with their nominee knowing nothing about U.S. history, government, and governing proceeding.

I guess the illiterate and uneducated (meaning they do not read) have risen up and are changing this country so that everyone can join their lifestyle (scratching our buttock) and being snookered by the always needy million and billionaires.

timothy m.
timothy m.5 years ago

"Keep your government hands off my Medicaid!"