Marcus Bachmann’s “Mental Health” Clinic Receives Medicaid Funds

Michele Bachmann, lying liar and hypocrite

NBC News Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff has learned that Marcus Bachmann’s “Clinic” has been receiving $137,000 in Medicaid payments in addition to the $24,000 in federal funds previously reported by the LA Times. Isakoff writes:

While Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., has forcefully denounced the Medicaid program for swelling the “welfare rolls,” the mental health clinic run by her husband has been collecting annual Medicaid payments totaling over $137,000 for the treatment of patients since 2005, according to new figures obtained by NBC News.

[….]

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.

[….]

…state 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.

Smigielski added that these were not the only government funds that Bachmann & Associates has received. The clinic also participates in managed-care plans that are reimbursed under a separate state-funded Minnesota Health Care program. But the state does not have any records of payment information to the individual clinics that participate.

In addition to being a right wing nut and hatemonger who thinks god talks to her, Michele Bachmann is a sleazy lying liar and a hypocrite.

About these ads

47 Comments on “Marcus Bachmann’s “Mental Health” Clinic Receives Medicaid Funds”

  1. The Rock says:

    In addition to being a right wing nut and hatemonger who thinks god talks to her, Michele Bachmann is a sleazy lying liar and a hypocrite.

    How do you REALLY feel about Rep. Bachmann?

    Hillary 2012

  2. paper doll says:

    NBC News Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff has learned that Marcus Bachmann’s “Clinic” has been receiving $137,000 in Medicaid

    of course it’s NBC/GE/Obama new corp world group doing the reporting… it must be
    time for Bachmann to leave the play. Who will they replace her with ?

    • bostonboomer says:

      Are you serious? We are not going to support Michele Bachmann at Sky Dancing. Or Palin. It’s just not going to happen.

      • Peggy Sue says:

        Certainly glad to hear that, BB.

        Wouldn’t expect anyone at Sky Dancing to accept the lame and flawed logic that if a woman is running, any woman, we as women have a duty to support that woman politically. I have no problem calling out sexism, regardless of the candidate’s political loyalties, her stupid and/or self-defeating policy beliefs. I’ve always said the Bachmanns and Palins of the world can be and should be defeated by their own words and faulty policy positions.

        But I would never give a green light to any and all whack-a-doodles based on gender. The Sharron Angles out there deserve to be defeated. They do not represent me simply because they have a uterus. On the other hand, I did not support Hillary Clinton because of vaginal indentification and was incensed when Obamacrats suggested otherwise.

        It’s all so ridiculous, nothing but a form of rank sexist warfare–we [as women] have no ability for critical thinking. It’s only about tribal/gender affiliations.

        Not!

        Paper doll has a point. Maybe it’s because I no longer carry a sense of loyalty to party but all I sense is stagecraft in these early days of the 2012 election. Maybe it’s always been that way, but I sense I’m watching some poorly produced theater-in-the-round.

        In order for theater to work, the viewer has to buy into the drama, immerse herself in the experience and have faith that the time expended is/was worthwhile.

        I’m not feeling it. The make-up is poor and the actors are wretched. And even though the playbill says: don’t trust you’re lying eyes? It looks like a lousy sham.

        I want my money back! :0)

      • paper doll says:

        LOL That’s so far from what I’m saying , I don’t know what to say!support Palin and Bachmann? ?? lol! I’m saying Obama’s owners at GE have decided to give the hook to a pretend candidate and I’m wondering what other pretend candidate will they put in her place. Where you see support for either stumps me.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I’ve very relieved to hear that paperdoll, and I’m sorry I misinterpreted you comment.

        GE no longer owns NBC, right? I think Comcast owns it now, and I doubt they are going to support Obama. I could be wrong, but they strike me as pretty conservative.

        Nevertheless, you can say a lot about Michael Isakoff, but I don’t believe that he would slant a story (he has evidence anyway) in order to please his boss. He could get a job pretty much anywhere. Now if he were writing about the CIA, I might suspect him of some bias.

      • Fannie says:

        No Schitt

    • Peggy Sue says:

      I wasn’t trying to put words in your mouth, paper doll–that ‘you’ were suggesting that we as women support women on gender alone. I’m simply expressing arguments I’ve had on blogs before–when any criticism of a woman’s position [whoever she is] is regarded as anti-woman and unwillingness to fight the patriarchy. I had a very unpleasant dialogue with someone pushing that meme last year.

      What I thought you were expressing was the major push by so-called Dem-leaning journalists to discredit Bachmann on gaffes [some of which are funny] rather than really looking at the philosophy and policy positions the woman holds. And I think you’re right that dealing with the superficials–the gaffes, the various gotcha’s–means that Obamacrats can avoid looking at their own willingness to go with the flow, continue to support Obama as the lesser of two evils.

      Which I simply refuse to do.

      And yes, the Obamacrats love having a dart board, particularly when it’s dressed in a skirt. They’re dying to have Miss Sarah enter the fray.

      Sorry for the confusion.

      • PJ says:

        Peggy Sue,

        I would take it even one step further and say that it’s VITAL that the dart board be dressed in a skirt. It’s the only way to get the frat boy obots TRULY jizzed up. And I agree – Miss Sarah would be perfect for that.

    • paper doll says:

      Nevertheless, you can say a lot about Michael Isakoff, but I don’t believe that he would slant a story (he has evidence anyway) in order to please his boss.

      Then he would be a very unique person lol! I don’t believe any reporter at his level says what they think …or report what they find. They get a talking point fax imo

      So GE doesn’t own NBC anymore … I gotta update my score card…however imo the top .9999 support Obama , and want a 2nd term for him, whoever owns what ….I believe whoever the GOP run is supposed to lose…at least at this point. Obama is too perfect a tool for them to lose him .

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

    Tom Petty Tells Michele Bachmann, “Don’t Come Around Here No More” (Sorry, But He Did!) | VF Daily | Vanity Fair

    Stunning classic-rock/Republican-primary news: in two separate stories and a video, Politico reports that Tom Petty was “nonplussed” and “less than thrilled” to hear that 2012 presidential contender Michele Bachmann played “American Girl” (the song, not the doll game) at her speech in Waterloo, Iowa, on Monday. According to RawStory, the singer has allegedly issued a cease-and-desist letter to Bachmann’s campaign.

    The Bachmann-Petty conflict is just the latest example in a rich tradition of musicians demanding Republican politicians stop playing their songs at campaign events. From Ronald Reagan and Bruce Springsteen to Charlie Crist and David Byrne, to John McCain and Hall and Oates, to John McCain and Van Halen, to John McCain and John Mellencamp. (After exhausting all other possible options, McCain eventually settled on the sounds of a doorbell and someone screaming as his official campaign song.)

    I wonder what song would work for her campaign…perhaps, “I hope I get it” from A Chorus Line?

  4. Dario says:

    I don’t get it. Did those funds go to provide service for qualified patients or to Marcus Bachmann’s pocket? The whole thing is silly, imo. Besides, Is Marcus Bachmann running for office? We’ve made a difference here between Hillary and Bill. It’s important to see that just because a person is married to another, it doesn’t mean that their brains work in synch on all issues. I will go even further by saying that one could participate in a government program that one disapproves of. For example, as I get older, I may buy into the Bush drug program for Medicare, but it doesn’t mean I approve of it. In my case it would be all that’s available to me. It’s a bad program, a windfall to pharma.

    • bostonboomer says:

      The clinic is a small business owned jointly by the Bachmanns. Of course the money goes into their pockets. You thought it went to patients? What’s silly is making fun of Bachman over stupid gaffes, IMO. It is not silly to focus on her lies and hypocrisy when it comes to government assistance and government’s role in health care.

      • Dario says:

        I don’t agree with the approach that a clinic turn away people with medicaid because the owners don’t believe in the program. It doesn’t seem right to me, and I think the government would have an issue with that too because it would be considered discrimination.

      • bostonboomer says:

        You don’t agree that a clinic that uses brainwashing to convince homosexuals to think they can be “cured” should not get state and federal funds? Sorry, I think a clinic like that should be shut down. At the very least an organization that proseletizes for a sick religion should not be subsidized by tax money.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Dario,

      Why does Bachmann oppose Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood then? Answer me that. The “clinic” is a religious organization, for Pete’s sake!

      • Dario says:

        BB. your comment seems to go off on a tangent. It’s not looking at what the services of the clinic are. Nevertheless I think that if the Bachmanns had a Planned Parenthood clinic, they would need to accept everyone too. If the Bachmanns owned a hospital, I would expect them to provide all services regardless of whether they support or not support a government program. It seems reasonable to me.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I strongly disagree that it’s a tanget. Bachmann goes around the country saying Medicaid should be ended and that Medicaid funds should not be used for birth control services or prenatal services. Therefore, she should not take those funds either. She and her husband should provide free care for the people they are trying to convert from gay to straight if those people are poor.

    • dakinikat says:

      She has a pattern of saying one thing, doing another, and lying about it all.

      http://www.factcheck.org/tag/michele-bachmann/

  5. Beata says:

    Bachmann’s Top 100 Contributors during the current cycle ( through Dec. 2010 ) :

    http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cid=N00027493&cycle=2010&type=C&newMem=N&recs=100

  6. dakinikat says:

    Here’s the kind of stupid thinking Bachmann supports:

    Exclusive: S&P to deeply cut U.S. ratings if debt payment missed

    (Reuters) – The United States would immediately have its top-notch credit rating slashed to “selective default” if it misses a debt payment on August 4, Standard & Poor’s managing director John Chambers told Reuters.

    Chambers, who is also the chairman of S&P’s sovereign ratings committee, told Reuters on Tuesday that U.S. Treasury bills maturing on August 4 would be rated ‘D’ if the government fails to honor them. Unaffected Treasuries would be downgraded as well, but not as sharply, he said.

    “If the U.S. government misses a payment, it goes to D,” Chambers said. “That would happen right after August 4, when the bills mature, because they don’t have a grace period.”

    Fears of a technical default have been rising after budget negotiations between Democrats and Republicans fell apart in Washington earlier this week. Even a brief default by the United States would immediately increase the country’s borrowing costs, weighing on the fragile economic recovery and eroding the dollar’s status as a reserve currency.

    On August 4, the Treasury Department is due to pay off $30 billion in maturing short-term debt.

    Baa is basically junk bond status btw … so you can imagine what a D rating would do. Greece hasn’t even managed that yet. It’s at CCC.

  7. dakinikat says:

    Boehner’ continues to be an asshole too. There should be laws against politicians lying, I swear. Fug their free speech. I wasn’t thrilled about a President Obama and I still think he’s not done a damn thing, but if Obama gives into this kind of crap, he’s gone beyond worthless. Where do these idiots learn their finance and economics? From the back of cereal boxes?

    “The President’s remarks today ignore legislative and economic reality, and demonstrate remarkable irony. His administration has been burying our kids and grandkids in new debt and offered no plan to rein in spending. Republicans have been leading and offering solutions to put the brakes on this spending binge. The President has been AWOL from that debate.

    “The President is sorely mistaken if he believes a bill to raise the debt ceiling and raise taxes would pass the House. The votes simply aren’t there – and they aren’t going to be there, because the American people know tax hikes destroy jobs. They also know Washington has been on a spending binge for many years, and they will only tolerate a debt limit increase if we stop it.

    “The new majority in the House is going to stand with the American people. A debt limit increase can only pass the House if it includes spending cuts larger than the debt limit increase; includes reforms to hold down spending in the future; and is free from tax hikes. The longer the President denies these realities, the more difficult he makes this process. If the president embraces a measure that meets these tests, he has my word that the House will act on it. Anything less cannot pass the House.”

    Bohener seems to have no problem with blowing up the US economy over these lies. He should be charged with treason and hung.

    • dakinikat says:

      all obama has to ask is this question?

      If we hadn’t carried huge amounts of debt during all of our wars–bigger than anything we’ve seen now in terms of % of GDP–we’d not even be a country. Is that what you would’ve said to John Adams going over to the Netherlands to borrow money for the Revolutionary War if you’d have served in the continental congress?

      Would you have approved all those taxes and debt to hold the Union together and end slavery if you were serving in the Congress during Lincoln’s time? Or was that just too much burden then?

      Did you feel burdened by the debt run up to take down Japan and Germany in World War 2? Do you think it ruined the economy in the 50s and 60s and did the high taxes it took to pay it off ruin the economy in the 50s and 60s? Would you have voted to not fund world war 2 because it would take tax dollars to run it?

      if that’s the case, why have you been funding around 3 – 4 wars and approving all the spending recently? If you didn’t think it was burdening future generations, why did you fund Afghanistan and Iraq and Yeman for over 10 years? Was that not worth it either?

      end of debate
      law professor my fat new orleans lady ass!

    • Peggy Sue says:

      Dak said:

      “Bohener seems to have no problem with blowing up the US economy over these lies. He should be charged with treason and hung.”
      .
      I agree. A default would mean utter chaos. The GOP appears willing to play chicken in order to avoid a balanced approach [taxes, revenues, subsidies, whatever] or even discuss the huge expenditures in our military misadventures, the fraud in our financial system, how dysfunctional the whole system has become, etc. Instead, the continued lie that anything smelling like a ‘social’ program is inherently bad, the root of all evil, and the prime if not only reason the economy is on its knees is promoted by the radical right. And don’t even get me started on this privatization scam, the selling of public assets.

      If that’s the the GOP/Tea Party definition of “liberty,” I’ll take a pass. And yes, hang ‘em high, regardless of what side of the aisle anyone is sitting on.

  8. paper doll says:

    All I can say is if Bachmann’s job is to occupy the Dem base so much that they will not pressure elected Dems about doing ANYTHING as the nation is being sold down the river and the war on women raging on without an answer …then mission accomplished.

    Stories about Bachmann’s stupidity and hypocrisy are not a substitute for elected Dem action or defence for our rights…and yet that is all The Dem base being offered as far as I can see.

    • bostonboomer says:

      This post isn’t about her stupidity. It’s about her attitude toward Medicaid while taking money from the state and the feds.

    • paper doll says:

      When’s a post about the Dems who are doing exactly nothing to stop her and the rest of the GOP ,I’ll repost the comment there. …and a Bernie Sanders speech telling Obama to “stand frim” ( lololol) doesn’t count as Dem push back.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Of course I’ve repeatedly written about that and mention it in just about every post.

        This isn’t directed at you, paper doll, but I often feel people don’t even read my posts before commenting. I work very hard on my writing, and at this point it’s become a bit of an addiction or I probably wouldn’t keep doing it. I get extremely discouraged at times, but I feel as if I have to keep writing what I think, for some dumb reason.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        Hey BB, I sure am glad you are writing about it! Embrace your obsessions!

      • PJ says:

        I too am glad you feel compelled to write BB – I love the psychological angle you bring.

        I also enjoy reading paper doll’s comments – probably because I agree with her(?) most of the time.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I love paper doll’s comments too!

      • paper doll says:

        BB you have a point… and this is not directed to you either….I believe I read the headlines more than the full posts and holding Dem feet to the fire isn’t in the headlines as much as wacky MB … lol! But I run into this in the art field. You have to do your thing regardless of how it’s received or how you think it’s being received. The main benefit has to come from, in your case, writing what you think …after that it’s up to others . You can’t know your words true impact

  9. Minkoff Minx says:

    Okay, this was in my reader tonight:

    Bachmann reveals ‘devastating’ miscarriage – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs

    Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann revealed to a town hall audience Wednesday that she once suffered a “devastating” miscarriage.

    Bachmann, a congresswoman from Minnesota, told the story in the course of answering a question about her position on abortion.

    Hmmm, I wonder…would this mean she committed feticide? Should she be in jail like so many other women that have had their uterus patrolled by the fetus fanatic police?