Bachmann responds to Medicaid payout report
June 29th, 2011
01:35 PM ET
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Bachmann responds to Medicaid payout report

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann responded Wednesday to a report by NBC that the mental health clinic run by her husband has collected annual Medicaid payments totaling over $137,000, while she has criticized the program for swelling the "welfare rolls."

"Medicaid is a valuable form of insurance for many Americans and it would be discriminatory not to accept Medicaid as a form of payment," Bachmann spokeswoman Alice Stewart told CNN. "As a state-sponsored counseling service, Bachmann and Associates has a responsibility to provide Medicaid and medical assistance, regardless of a patients financial situation."

According to the NBC Report:

"The previously unreported payments are on top of the $24,000 in federal and state funds that Bachmann & Associates, the clinic founded by Marcus Bachmann, a clinical therapist, received in recent years under a state grant to train its employees, state records show. The figures were provided to NBC News in response to a Freedom of Information request.

The clinic, based in Lake Elmo, Minn., describes itself on its website as offering "quality Christian counseling" for a large number of mental health problems ranging from "anger management" to addictions and eating disorders."


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soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. C. Howe Yulikit

    They billed Medicaid for "counseling" people to pray away their legitimate problems/issues. This is first class hokum and fraud.

    June 29, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. EddyL

    I guess federal monies are ok as long as SHE is benefiting from them. Does the word HYPOCRITE come to mind? Plus the husband got his "doctorate" through an online college and has no license.

    June 29, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. jk from MN

    So.............Let me see, Michele, sounds to me a little socialism is OK. Hypocarcy at its best!

    June 29, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. ben jackson

    why didn't this story make the air?
    It is relevant to what she has been saying in her "sound bite" conversations w/you folks.

    June 29, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Neil ILL

    Wow, I like thinking that our HC taxes are being used to provide emergency and life saving care for children and those who can't afford to provide for themselves in such a crisis..

    Sounds like instead that money goes to profiting 'Christian' clinics that 'counsel' patients on behavioral 'illnesses'.. What a farce.

    TIme to take the profit out of Healthcare. It's meant as a service for those who need it when tragedy arises, not a subsidy for businesses to allow extra staff bonuses and paid two week christmas vacations

    June 29, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. America First

    We don't accept government money except when we do and that pesky media finds out about it.

    June 29, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. ben jackson

    how much did they get for being foster parents?
    was this for real or just another way to "game" the system?

    June 29, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Charlie in Maine

    Yeah it is valuable. Why do you want to stop it?

    June 29, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. 21k

    typical gop hypocrisy. "big gov'ment" is not good, except when it's good for you. hope their ja-sus is waiting for them at the pearly gates with a blunt instrument.

    June 29, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" economics has only left a dribbling wet spot on working Americans's shoes!

    "As a state-sponsored counseling service"

    Surely CNN this is a mistake!

    Little Miss "Smaller Government" has a husband that owns a "state-sponsored" clinic?

    June 29, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    "quality Christian counseling" ...meaning that unless you submit to their religious beliefs you are out. Well what do you have to say you twit? Does this little venture mean you are not going to criticize this while lambasting other uses of $??

    June 29, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. EddyL

    And don't forget that farm subsidy money and the dole for 23 foster kids.They've fed well from the public trough.

    June 29, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. realitybites

    Quality Christian Counseling – Let that sink in. Feel it yet? How to overcome you guilt and psychosis w/ the douible standard of Love, Self loathing, and fear of damnation. We care and understand your pain. You're not alone.......;-)

    June 29, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. BeverlyNC

    Michelle has gotten caught in a list of lies about Medicaid and government subsidies her family has taken and used for years. Michelle is a fraud and hypocrite just like the rest of the Republican Party. The only thing she is a role model for is why we need to strengthen our education system so we do not have people who know nothing about history, english or government.

    June 29, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. dreamer96

    Bachmann has a lot of government payments that are to family or relatives, that need to be talked about.
    I don't think these deals pass the smell test, and should be brought up.
    I would like to see what she and her family, and relatives, pay their workers, charge their customers, and how much they reap in in profits.

    June 29, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Rev Mkell,

    Let me see if I've got it straight,, if it's payed to your husband a valued insurance,, if it's payed to anyone else it's socialism! maybe you misspoke again?

    June 29, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Ed Texas

    A typical, hypocritcal GOP response. The GOP party of gred is totally against "big government" and wasted government spending UNLESS they are directly benefiting from it! No wonder we have so much greed in the country when we have leaders taking advantage of the system.

    June 29, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. steven harnack

    So how does a non-medical operation qualify for Medicaid payments? Faith-based? Sounds more like a witch-doctor operation! What do they do? Tell you that you can just pray away your problems? Sounds to me like this operation is PREYing away THEIR problems!

    June 29, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. diridi

    It is the right time to cut all the benefits of Congress and Senate....then these bastards know what it is.......

    June 29, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. jpope

    OK, so give the Medicaid and grant money back.... No? There you have it folks, not ok for you to get medicaid but ok for them to profit off it. I smell more and more hypocrisy with this candidate as each day passes on….

    June 29, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Medicaid is still Federal money which means Bachmann hates Government entitlement programs but she likes the money. Just keep following the money trail all the way to the family farm.

    June 29, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. NVa Native

    Why is it that this idiot and all many other idiots who happen to be GOPers (Palin, Santanorum, Barbor, Coulter, etc., etc.) can blurt lies shrouded in feable nonsense and jibberish then they and their followers blame the media for all the stupid crap that comes out of their mouth??
    It is the GOP culture of poor me, I'm always the vicitim. GOP is nothing more than a herd of gutless cry baby wimps!

    June 29, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. We ALL Know, Mami

    I thought Benny Hill had passed on, ese!

    June 29, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. kayla

    talk about animal farm. unbelieveable.

    June 29, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. FactCheck

    It's illegal and complicit so long as it doesn't affect your bottom line, right? And the GOP is wondering why they are having such a hard time connecting to the people.

    June 29, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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