Bachmann Defends Medicaid Funds To Spouse’s Clinic

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As Rep. Michele Bachmann tours the country criticizing government as too big and too expensive, the Republican presidential candidate has come under mounting scrutiny over public dollars flowing to family business interests.

There’s $259,000 in federal subsidies paid since 1995 to a family farm of which Bachmann is a part owner. Another $30,000 went to Bachmann and Associates Counseling Clinic in the last five years from various Minnesota government agencies, including one small payment logged the day after the congresswoman’s official 2012 kickoff.

In addition, at least $137,000 came from Medicaid-backed programs for patients using the mental health clinic run by her husband, Marcus Bachmann.

All of the money poured through legitimate channels. Bachmann maintains none of the farm subsidies wound up in her pocket, although she disclosed the income on her congressional financial disclosure forms. And most public payments to the clinic are connected to services it provided, although it did receive a federal health grant for employee training.

The arrangements threaten to pose image problems for the tea party heroine — and could give rivals an opening to exploit in ads or other ways as the White House race drags on. All week, Bachmann has been forced to explain how her fervent talk of bloated government squares with a family that sometimes benefits from it.

Asked Monday about commodity subsidies for the Wisconsin family farm, she insisted to The Associated Press that “none of the income goes to my husband and I. All of the income goes to the farm.”

Campaigning in South Carolina on Wednesday, neither Michele nor Marcus Bachmann would discuss the money his clinic draws from the Medicaid program, which Minnesota officials administer using a mix of state and federal money. The payments were first reported by NBC News.

Instead, campaign press secretary Alice Stewart issued a statement saying it would be “discriminatory” for the clinic to turn away patients enrolled in the subsidized program. “As a state-sponsored counseling service, Bachmann and Associates has a responsibility to provide Medicaid and medical assistance, regardless of a patient’s financial situation,” Stewart wrote.

It’s routine for Minnesota health providers to draw Medicaid payments, said Karen Smigielski, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

“To be able to serve clients on our programs you have to enroll as a provider. Most everybody in the state enrolls as a matter of course,” she said. “So almost anyone who does health care serves some of our clients.”

Smigielski said the $137,000 paid to the clinic over the last seven years isn’t all it received because the amount only reflects costs billed directly to the state. Some patients in public programs who used the clinic are in separately operated managed care health plans, but the state doesn’t routinely compile those costs.

The Bachmann clinic also received about $24,000 — split between the state and federal governments — for a grant program to train counselors who treat people with both mental illness and substance abuse issues. According to state documents, the money was intended to offset anticipated revenue losses for clinics during the training.

Over the years, the clinic has received smaller payments from other government entities, some for providing mental health care to crime victims and others for helping officials determine eligibility for disability or rehabilitation services. One Minnesota agency sent the clinic $35 on Tuesday, a day after Bachmann’s formal campaign announcement in Iowa.

Throughout her career in the state legislature and Congress, Bachmann has fashioned herself as one of the fiercest foes of government spending. She fired up a crowd Wednesday in Lexington, S.C., with vows to trim government, telling her audience the nation can’t afford “four more years of unrestricted spending.”

Dante Scala, chairman of the University of New Hampshire’s political science department, said the focus on Bachmann’s own financial ties to government is a sign she’s being taken more seriously. But he doubts voters are paying enough attention where the questions will immediately damage her bid.

“It’s a small drip,” Scala said. “It’s the type of thing that an opposition research person in a rival campaign will tuck away in a folder and keep it until it’s useful.”

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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  1. Questions says:

    What about all the government dollars her family received for the 20+ foster kids they took in?

    1. moth says:

      all girls, hope she didn’t encorage them to have 5 babies!

      1. Harold says:

        The Dems are so scared. Watch who they attack. That is who they fear.

        1. mad citizen says:

          Informed citizens do not fear FLAKES. We just like to poke fun of them.

        2. Steven says:

          So Harold, by your way of thinking you Teapublican’s must really FEAR OBAMA right??? Ya’ll been atacking him since he took office…this folks is what I mean by the term HYPOCRITICAL RIGHT!!!

        3. Mary says:

          Maybe she scares Mitt. She wouldn’t scare President Obama.

    2. Give me liberty says:

      What is your point? Democrats can get entitlements and Republicans can’t?

      Here is an idea, why don’t you just steal all of the money from people you don’t agree with and give it to who ever you think deserves it the most. Oh wait, that is the Democratic tax and social program platform.

      1. What??? says:

        @Give me liberty (I think that is a “liberal” statement)
        The point, my mentally challenged friend, is that MB who is against any kind of “Gov handout” is taking quit a few of them. She talks about never taking money such as farm subsidies (which she has received) and other programs yet she has her hand out as well. If you cannot see the irony in this than you are far beyond help and should probably stop watching and reading the big boy news.

      2. moth says:

        my point is : all girls, hope she didn’t encorage them to have 5 babies.

        Thought I said that the first time. sorry maybe your blind

      3. DTM says:

        The point is, her hypocrisy knows no bounds. She rails against subsidies yet her husband’s parents farm – which she receives income from – received plenty. And now this… gee, Give me liberty, you tell me what the point is?

        1. Charlie says:

          No, the point is that she wants to change the law (rules) for everybody, otherwise and until then the same payment processes apply to her.

          So, is she to turn away patients and monies due her and go bankrupt on principal?

          No, she is running in hopes of changing those programs, for everyone!

          This is the lamest point that the liberals have jumped on to date…

          1. DTM says:

            huh? So let me get this straight. You think that shelly who is against farm subsidies for everyone yet actually received is trying to change to the program for everyone?

            ■Bachmann falsely claimed that she and her husband “have never gotten a penny” from a family farm that received federal subsidies. But she reported income from the farm in 2006, 2008 and 2009 — the most recent year available — on her congressional financial disclosure statements.

            yeah, I trust her…

          2. abe says:

            then she should have said when asked “yes, I have taken the money however, I am ready to change the law”. Instead she lied through her b.. mouth and said she did not take any money. I don’t wonder anymore if she is truthfull – how can anyone who evalautes what ones says at face value?

          3. Jeremy Pettit says:

            Many people qualify for food stamps and that too, but they aren’t all standing in line are they? Liberals, conservatives or whatever, she’s a hypocrit like so many other politicians.

          4. Steven says:

            Charlie…the twilight zone music is playing…time for your meds son…

          5. Mary says:

            Don’t you have a problem with your tax dollars going for prayer therapy? If it worked, the local preacher would do it for free.

        2. DTM says:

          No, they are not obligated by law to see them. This is a private practice, not HCMC ER.

          1. Dave says:

            OMG, who cares! Point is, a clinic got paid by medicaid for seeing medicaid patients! Who cares!

            1. DTM says:

              Then why mention it? If it’s not part of your Point, omit it? Or better yet, just leave. If you really do not care and “this is an article about nothing” why do you linger? And also, patients are NOT “usually on Medcaid” Can you back that claim up?

          2. Mary says:

            I find them both dispicable. Most insurances wouldn’t pay for this kind of therapy since there is no proof it works. They cover it by touting their other “services”.

        3. Give me liberty says:

          To What??? and DTM.

          No, your hypocrisy knows no bounds.

          My point is that Michelle nor anyone else for that matter that is legally eligible to receive subsidies are not the problem. I guess the Federal and State governments need to check with you two first to determine if the recipient of the entitlement is worthy or not.

          The problem is the entitlement programs themselves. Programs that we all know were passed by liberal left leaning politicians because they are smarter than everybody and need to take care of the poor needy people. They know that no one can succeed in life without big brother helping them out.

          Minnesota is the home to 10,000 loons. It’s called the Democratic base.

          1. What??? says:

            @Give me liberty
            The stupidity in that statement speaks for itself. I would lay into you but I am starting to think that there is nothing that I could do to you that life has not already done. I think the Give me hypocrisy idea is grand and should be implemented immediately. Thank you for your time and the laugh. Stay two sided and tune in for the next double standard.
            One more thing, if you do not know who made the programs mentioned you may not want to talk about them like you have researched this. “we all know were passed by liberal left leaning politicians” then name them. Who were the people that made these and how far left were they? Do you really need to post liberal left leaning? That is almost like saying the pink lightish red.

            1. As jack said... says:

              Well apparently Give me Liberty thinks Nixon was a liberal.

      4. ??? says:

        Perhaps you should change your user name to Give Me Hypocrisy?

      5. hvo says:

        The point is that this goes against everything Michaele Bachmann claims to stand for.

    3. Helen says:

      if they exist

    4. meow says:

      Duh… who else runs the Farm? It’s smart to have plenty of child labor on hand.

    5. pat says:

      If she didn’t accept medicaid patients she could be charged with a crime and certainlly with discrimination. Just because some welfare mama is on tax dollar subsidies doesn’t mean she isn’t entitled to the finest mental health care.

      1. DTM says:

        They most certainly can choose not to accept Medcaid. It’s a private business! Think before you spout off false statements – though I guess that is what shelly does…

    6. mad citizen says:

      Bachmann’s Dictionary:

      Foster – anyone who stays over night at the Bachmann’s.

    7. meow says:

      BACHMANN = LIES, BIGOTRY, RELIGIOUS FANTATICISM … the list goes on.

  2. Max says:

    Since she has expressed her opposition to Medicaid, why doesn’t her husband treat the poor for free instead? Fat chance.

    1. dan says:

      Max,

      What does her opposition to Medicare waste and fraud have anything to do with her Husband treating patients for free?

      1. DTM says:

        dan, what does Medicare have to do wih this? Read the article. It’s about Medicaid. Or just stop commenting…

    2. Chris says:

      Max, What kind of comment is that and what sense does it make?
      Turn down payments when you are a doctor? Give us a break…
      Not all doctors are missionaries working in the jungle somewhere for free!!

  3. Dave Campbell says:

    I believe they also receive federal money in the form of farm subsidies! She’s a bit of a hypocrite, don’t you think!

    1. dan says:

      Great substance Dave. “I Believe” If the benefit of susidies are available I dont blame anyone for taking them. Its no different than Liberals taking a mortgage tax deduction. If you support more taxes and bigger govt, then you should not be taking any tax breaks! Wake up knot head!

      1. Les Johnson says:

        Oh it’s different all right. Not that you read the article or anything…

        She claimed she DIDN’T receive subsidies, but her tax filing shows that she did. SHE FILED IT, then she said on TV that she DIDN’T RECEIVE ANY SUBSIDIES.

        Why is this so hard for some of you to follow?

        You read these blatant lies by her, and your response is “Oh yeah?? Well what about Obama!!!??!!”

        I mean dang, people….

        1. dan says:

          Hey bonehead read the article above. its about her husbands clinic not about her taking any farm subsidies. Take a pill and walk out to your mailbax again and see if your welfare check came early.

        2. dan says:

          I dont think I said anything about Obama in regards to my reply to Dave. I am simply stating that if you Libs think we should raise taxes and govt spending then stop taking your mortgage interest break. Hipocrit? maybe

          1. Les Johnson says:

            I’m not a lib, and I’m offended you’d call me one.

    2. Jake says:

      Dave, the hypocrisy in this is minimal, if it is hypocrisy. Your position is a little like saying a person who disagrees with the U.S. going to war with Iraq shouldn’t use U.S. currency. Hey, you disagree with the country but you still use its currency? Hypocrite.

      Find me an environmentalist on the left or right who doesn’t have a car or use power generated by fossil fuels. . . .

      In reality, the fact that she would “bite the hand that feeds” her husband’s practice (at least in part) gives credibility to her position that it should be reformed.

      1. Charlie says:

        Jake, Thanks for sharing some common sense with these folks!
        This is definitely the lamest attack on her by the Dems to date…

  4. John Doe says:

    Let the liberal hate comments flow!

    1. lefty says:

      john there is no liberal hate comments about this article only the one thing that bachmann seems to have no idea about that is the TRUTH

    2. Dave Campbell says:

      Grab your pain meds John because the truth is gonna hurt! I’ll bet her hero John Wayne would have never behaved like her!

    3. KIm says:

      Rep B claims she values “family ,life etc” but reviewing her voting record( visit this site http://www.votesmart.org ) , she has consistently voted against every Bill that would keep families & children safe ( ie :FDA Food Safety Modernization Act & Bill (S.F. 247) opposing a ban on toxic chemicals in baby bottles) the list is endless….

      Her mantra about ” too much Government spending”, really ? She has no problem cashing her “government checks for her foster children”. She is among scores of Republicans who criticized the $787 billion economic stimulus law while privately asking Obama administration officials for stimulus money to pay for local projects.

      She is ALL that is so scary about tea baggers…..

  5. tim says:

    Wow. She’s really good at working the system. You’ve got to give her some credit for that. She’s definitely a go-getter.

  6. Nancy says:

    Oh you mean like all the experience Obama has? He is the least qualified person in any room he enters. Dont be hateful just becasue you are not a pretty person Kapulas!

    1. larry says:

      Really, how is Obama “the least qualified person in any room”? care to elaborate?

      1. Nancy says:

        His resume is unbelievable: Community organizer, College graduate and a one term Senator who rarely showed up to vote on anything. I cant think of any president, Senator or Rep with less credentials

        1. Don_J says:

          I can… he was Gov. of Texas… G.W. Bush.

          1. William says:

            Exactly, he actually had a real job in government, showed up to work everyday. Case closed

            1. larry says:

              Actually, George holds the record for most vacation days while President but, Cheny was running the Country while George played….

            2. Don_J says:

              …Because you go to work everyday doesn’t mean you should have the job. And there are folks in Texas that would beg to differ with your assessment.

            3. Sam I am says:

              When – not in the past 6 months He started campaigning for 2012 in January 2011. Not to mention anytime there is a problem he mysteriously goes on vacation.

              Moochelle Obama has had more vacations then any other first wife I know. She is always on vacation.

        2. Ali says:

          I will take his intellect over anybody else’s credentials any day, three times a day. The fact that he has to work with 2 political kindergartens is where the problem is. While the DFL and GOP point fingers at each other, the country is unsupervised.

          We need more parties at the table. Competition is a great thing…

          1. Carl says:

            His lack of intelligence has put this country back into so much debt our grandchildren will refer to this as the Obama plague

            1. Don_J says:

              No Carl… putting the “secret” cost of 2 WARS on the books is what did that… you may want to blame Dubbya for grazing through a $2+Trillion surplus and his $2+Trillion of war debt which was not being counted

            2. David J. Conklin says:

              Actually most of the debt was run up under Reagan and the Bushes. Largest transfer of wealth to the upper 1% in the history of mankind.

            3. What??? says:

              Carl
              After the last Pres that we had nobody can ever bring Obama’s intelligence into question. Tell Bush how to say nuclear correctly and we can talk but until then I will not even agree to disagree with you on this.

              1. Sam I am says:

                Tell Obama his daugher is 12 not 13.

                1. What??? says:

                  Sam I am
                  What could your point possibly be on this and why are you that into Obama’s kids? Might want to watch that, you may be on a list now.

        3. Les Johnson says:

          President of the Harvard Law Review.

          Does that title mean anything to you? Have you ever even heard of it? It seems you haven’t.

          You probably voted for Sarah Palin, didn’t you… Unbelievable…

          1. Nancy says:

            Yes, and he was an expert on Constitutional law but that hasnt stopped him from defacating all over it!

            1. Les Johnson says:

              You aren’t very knowledgeable on this subject. My advice to you is to talk about recipes and sewing and talking on a phone.

              1. this is background noise says:

                Dude you’re a public sexist. If you want to be one in private that’s cool, but when you put it out there it discredits you and all your statements. I’ve read a few articles today and you comment on all of them, usually something sexist. Sorry your mom didn’t raise you right so now you hate all of them.

          2. Bobber says:

            Successuflly lead one of the largest states of the union (Govenor of Texas) vs Community Organizer (Agitator). My choice would clearly be GW Bush. Not my favorite but a better choice than mister False Hope, leaving small Change..

            1. DTM says:

              successfully? education is TX dropped significantly.

            2. Steven says:

              Tell that to GM…Chrysler…and OSAMA BIN LADEN….

        4. David J. Conklin says:

          >Senator who rarely showed up to vote on anything.

          Liar. Check it out at http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/o000167/

        5. DTM says:

          David just destroyed your false claim. You really are like shelly, aren’t you? Clueless and willing to let others see it…

  7. gdog says:

    Why don’t they EVER go after libs like this? Dayton and all his money and how he hides it from being taxed. I don’t get it. IF the media did go after both sides the way they do conservatives then I would have no problem with the tough questions for either party.

    1. Dave Campbell says:

      I’m pretty sure that Dayton’s money is in a trust that his grandfather or father set up for him. If it was done in South Dakota, it was more than likely done before he even knew about it.

    2. What??? says:

      That is correct gdog, you don’t get it. Read a little before making such a dumb comment. Do you know what a blind trust fund is? If you do you would not have asked that question as he cannot do anything with this but get a check. Do people set up trust funds for themselves? Then why would you think that he had anything to do with this? You labeled yourself stupid before you clicked on “submit comment”.

  8. dan says:

    Wow, what would the comment be if they turned away the poor as they didnt believe in Medicare? What would the Libs be screaming then?

    1. Don_J says:

      … there IS no “what IF”… were talking about what has been reported. What if you were never born, then I would not have to respond to such a dumb comment.

      1. dan says:

        Did that make you feel good Don J? Boy you really thought about that one for a long time. My question was what if they turned away medicaid patients? I believe the article states they treated patients and collected from medicaid. I get tired of people like you who think they are so brilliant but ony show their stupidity when they actually type something out or spew it from their mouth.

    2. dub says:

      dan, why do you keep referring to Medicare in this discussion? I hope you know the difference between MEDICARE and MEDICAID….there is one, you know. A pretty significant one.

      1. Billy says:

        dub. You foirgot the “m” in your name

        1. dub says:

          Good for you Billy! Class, Billy made a funny…and it only took him 10 minutes to come up with it. We are so proud of you! Keep going, Champ!

        2. Kara says:

          Yea Billy now take your meds and go back to bed like a good little boy or girl

  9. d kahls says:

    I don’t think it’s fair to question the Medicaid payments. However, she has repeatedly fed at the government trough as an IRS agent, congresswoman and sometimes farmer, although, as to the latter, there is apparently a convoluted explanation as to why farm subsidies she reported receiving on congressional reports were actually not. Obviously, she has relied on the government for more dough than the vast majority of people her age.

    1. Doug says:

      Sounds like she was one of the few women in Washington not polluted by Weiner!

      1. v says:

        Doug… there’s a Senator in the Minneapolis Airport bathroom waiting for you.

        1. Doug says:

          Not interested v. When were you elected Senator?

      2. Les Johnson says:

        “Sounds like she was one of the few women in Washington not polluted by Weiner!”

        No weiner would want to “pollute” her. Yuck. I bet she carves her way out of that makeup like Sigourney Weaver climbed out of the Zool dog in Ghostbusters. Ease up on the clay, lady…

        1. meow says:

          O M G … CAN’T STOP LAUGHING!!! love your comment Les. Your Rock! Zool dog? OH MAN that is awesome. ROFL

  10. John Doe says:

    Durr republican presidential hopeful post time for me to waste time at work flaming on it! Boo T-Paw! Boo Romney! Boo Bachmann! Go Obama! Yay liberals! Time to watch Bill Maher and then I’m going to troll some conservatives elsewhere!

  11. Carl says:

    If the clinic was reimbursed for “religious” treatment it may well be in violation of the first clause of the first amendment to the Constitution, usually referred to as the Separation Clause. And of course Marcus has spent years bashing gays in ways that drive them into the very “treatment” he profits from. How convenient.

    And of course the religious right have been threatening this particular Constitutional corner stone for decades. They want so badly to see the US become a Christian religious state.

    Praise Jebus, God hates the secular state, Amen.

    1. Slim says:

      Oh boy, is that ever a stretch!

      Good try, but you are way out there…

    2. meow says:

      Hey Carl !!! So glad you are on here making comments. LIKE. You and Les are my faves.

    3. Lady Jane says:

      @ Carl- well said

      The problem is not being paid for healthcare provided or farm income,it is lying and saying it was not received.

  12. Neil says:

    thats crazy i didnt know he runs a mental health clinic. thats probably where they met. he ran the place and she was a patient!😉

    1. Don_J says:

      …or an experiment.

  13. Debbie says:

    Must be your time of the month. Settle down girl, I dont think you can find 1 ethical issue with Bachmann and by the way pole dancing is a great workout. give it a try!

    1. DTM says:

      you mean, you can’t find one ethical bone in her body…She spouts lies, lies and more lies (go to factcheck.org – a neutral site) and you sheep just take them as truths. So John Q. Adams was a founding father, right?

      1. dan says:

        Lets compare misquotes of Biden vs Bachmann. I think Bachmann will come out on top.

        1. DTM says:

          I completely agree. shelly certainly would have more than Biden.

        2. MB has BM of the mouth says:

          Um…. because mosquitoes are blood suckers like Bachmann? Oh wait, sorry, ‘misquotes’. Oops. Um… yeah. I digress.

        3. David J. Conklin says:

          Did Biden try to defend his mis-speaks or evade the question about it like Bachmann does?

          1. nancy says:

            Biden is too dumb to even know he had mis-speaks

    2. David J. Conklin says:

      >I dont think you can find 1 ethical issue with Bachmann

      You only need one: she lies and liars will die in hell (Rev. 21:8, 27, 22:15).

  14. watahor says:

    Oh I see, uh huh.

  15. Linda says:

    So does this mean that if she is able to kill Medicaid her husband will treat them for free because he has a responsibility to provide the care regardless of the person’s financial situation?

    1. Stacy says:

      hahahahahahaha. that will happen just as soon as she give up those farm subsidies.

  16. Wade says:

    Me thinks “Bachmann defends” will be seen & heard quite a bit. She really does live in some other reality than the rest of us do.

  17. Stacy says:

    Don’t y’all know by now. When Republicans talk about spending cuts, they’re referring to government programs that they don’t use.

  18. Gman says:

    A lot about nothing. This is not a story. As they said, it would be discrimination not to accept Medicare. And this from a Liberal. Lets get serious people. real iossues, real points of view, real differences.

    1. Xman says:

      What is an iossue?

      1. dub says:

        xman…yea, the grammar nazi is here….dooosh

    2. ??? says:

      It isn’t Medicare. It’s Medicaid.

    3. Charlie says:

      Thanks Gman!

    4. What??? says:

      Gman
      I did not know that the AP (associated press) was “a Liberal”. Where can I look up this info and find out what liberal this would be? Did you have another point, or was that the big thought of the day?

  19. larry says:

    Bachmann needs to produce her long form birth certificate…

  20. James P. Stout says:

    It is not that she received Federal funds that is wrong, but that:
    1) She lied about it.
    2) She savages socialism, but takes advantage of socialist programs.
    Ms Bachmann is to be commended for adopting so many foster children, although having four of her own is irresponsible, in light of the world’s overpopulation. Let’s hope she didn’t home-school her children, based upon her ignorance of history, science and economics. She is also clearly deficient in critical thinking.

    1. Billy says:

      Your name soiunds like a good beer. You should go have a few before commenting

      1. dub says:

        and it appears you already have. Now get off the computer and start looking for a place to live. Your mom wants you out.

    2. meow says:

      I agree with James. I also am a bit surprised at how many idiots are defending this joke of a politian. She is beyond rediculous. Maybe she is put in the spotlight with all her idiot comments so as to make Romney (the Mormon … *shudder*) look sane.

  21. TC says:

    She also likes the farm subsides she gets from ‘not farming’, what a hippo-crit.

    1. mad citizen says:

      Yup and don’t forget that she fosters 20 kids last count. In Michelle’s dictionary the word “Foster” means any kid that steps into her house and stays overnight. so that would also mean her kids friends to had a sleep over. Those poor foster rich kids. HAHAHA!

  22. Pityamericapolitics says:

    OMG you all need help although this is good afternoon reading. Dems and Repubs are all to blame. Why can’t you feeble minded people see this. Just like the politicians you rather point the finger at each other and bicker. Obama did not do what he promised to do I am worse off now than I was before. I would not vote for him, I am certainly not voting for MB I think she is utterly a idiot and I would be awfully scared if she got in. I am going to have a tough time in the 2012 election. Both parties are idiots and they are not doing what they are suppose to be doing working for US.

  23. Dave says:

    This story was poorly written, but am I missing something? Sounds like her husband runs a mental health clinic. They get Medicaid patients (big shock), and Medicaid has paid the clinic for their services? The dollar figure was $137,000.
    1.That’s not a lot in health care terms, especially on mental health patients
    2. No time frame is given – is this in the last week, month, year, decade?
    3. I’m sure, like anyone else, they take in patients that they never receive
    payment from and write it off to bad debt and just eat it.
    4. Why would they turn away the payment from Medicaid for seeing their
    patients? They are entitled to it.

    Is this even a news article? Why not run a news article on every clinic on the state that takes money for seeing medicaid patients? I’m so confused.

    1. Sam I am says:

      Dave you are correct. This is not a story just a piece written by liberals looking to bash Michelle Bachmann for one thing or another.

      If you run a clinic you will get Medicaid patients. You are NOT allowed to turn them away simply because they are on Medicaid.

      These are the same idiots that think Dayton is doing such a great job.

      1. Sanity says:

        Actually you are dead wrong. Private practices are NOT required to accept Medicaid. As a matter of fact 40% of mental health facilities don’t accept Medicaid.

  24. this is background noise says:

    that was suppose to be in reply to “Les Johnson” or maybe it should be… Less Johnson.

  25. Michelle Bacmann speaking says:

    Yep — all to blame.
    BUT — when you sitting ripping all that receive subsidizes and handouts and whatnot on every level and then HAVE THE AUDICITY to defend your own slimey hands taking some fruit too …… that warrants a Who is BS’ing Whom label for life
    She 100000% pure BS but we all new it. Now if she just woman up and hand the millions back the faimly has reaped we’d all be good with her.
    She also sucked in a BIG chunk of $$$$ for the foster kids she had….you know her saying about if you have the means take care of your own. Not MB the money ho. She’s totally like them all …. beetching bad. 😉

    1. Hate MB Love BM's says:

      So let me get this right…. you are saying that MB is just BS? As you think of MB might you want to go take a BM? LOL

  26. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    Nothing like a Bachmann article to bring out the trolls.

    1. mad citizen says:

      HAHA…you just dissed yourself. How miscalculating like your friend Bachman.

  27. What??? says:

    Pityamericapolitics
    I agree with most of what you state but would like to point something out “Just like the politicians you rather point the finger at each other and bicker”. Is this not pointing a finger at others? Glass house, stones, throwing arm, the check list is complete now time to do some damage.

  28. David Roberts says:

    Bachmann is a embrassment to Minnesota go back to Iowa ? What a joke

  29. Larson in Stillwater says:

    Everytime I walk into a restroom and look into that bowl I see Michelles face looking up at me. Now I am not saying that she is all full of bullchit but my goodness…..she has filled up a million toilets in this nation. 😦

    And when people don’t flush …. goodness! I no longer see the reflection but see her in the (stuff) trying to get out. Yuck

  30. mad citizen says:

    LOL. MB talkin smack about medicaid while her man queitly accepts the handouts. ARE YOU A FLAKE?

  31. Bryson Powers says:

    “The money I recieve from the government is justified. Everybody else is a Communist or a parasite.” That seems to be a common refrain.

  32. Steven says:

    It’s and HONOR to be called a LIBERAL…JFK…FDR…RFK..HHH..GABBY ..OBAMA etc…I’m in GOOD company…besides…beats being a CON any day…CON…name says it all…LOL

  33. Troy says:

    Bachmann is in a state of CON-fusion…

    1. idtapit says:

      She should be excused, because she is so smoking hot!…Milf for President!

  34. lacking brains but ya she can't help it... says:

    Michelle took on the Gang of 39 last night and managed to totally satisfly each and every one of them.
    This morning she said her tummy was hurtin and so full …. but that it beats an unwanted pregnancy any time. Ohhhhh Michelle

    1. Les Johnson says:

      I don’t believe for a second that there are 39 men in this world who would pollute their anthony wiener in her body.

      I bet it looks like a cowpie with a wagon track through it at this stage of her life… Blech!!

  35. Middle guy says:

    The problem with all these arguments is really very simple: The radical crazies on both sides of the house have taken over, neither side feels they can see the forest because the d…trees are in the way. That needs to change, and until that changes nothing will.

    150 years ago the people in this nation felt they could not compromise with each other and hence went to war and inflicted 1.8 million casualties of which 600,000 died in order to prove a point. The crazies then as now were in control, not the President, because in the end all a President can do is advise and consent, he restrained by the Constitution, just as the courts and the house and senate are. It’s called the separation of powers. I will split my vote, just so the separation continues to exist. Make them fight, make them “COMPROMISE”.
    Even though I lean right in my politics, I don’t want the Republicans to have a mandate, just as I don’t want the Democrats to have a mandate. Either party having a mandate is very dangerous to our nation as a whole.

    You folks really need to use some common sense and don’t buy into all the hyperbole that’s floating around.

    Michelle Bachmann as President, yeah it sounds appealing, because after all she’d be just as harmless to our country as Obama is, that is…as long as we don’t start shooting at each other.

  36. For The Kids says:

    I’m all for reducing wasteful government spending. How come not a single politician can say the word “Halliburton” and how much they grossly overcharge the military? Medicaid tells doctors & patients how much it will charge for everything. The government should tell Halliburton how much we will or WON’T pay. We need a politician to stand up to this BS.

    1. Middle guy says:

      Good luck with that argument…profiteers will always profit when there’s a war on. They always have and always will…Mom and Dad will not see our fighting men want for anything on the battlefield. There’s nothing wrong with that…but it is expensive, just another reason to think twice before going to war. People always place the price of human life as the ultimate price of war, tice true, but there is also a huge financial cost as well. Just look at England after WWII, the lend lease program was very expensive and frankly bankrupted them. We were and still are the arsenal of freedom, that doesn’t mean the profiteer gives it away. If we mean to survive economically we need quite spending money we don’t have for seemingly endless wars. It begs the question…who’s bankrolling our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and what country is going to profit the most from it? The answer is easy…China.

  37. Mr. M says:

    Bachmann’s health clinic or Religious Conformist Brainwashing Center ?

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