GOP Pres. Candidate’s Husband Apparently Benefited from Over $100K in Medicaid FFS Reimbursements

She is an extremely popular, if not equally reviled, U.S. congresswoman from Minnesota’s sixth district. Everywhere she goes, controversy, drama, and gaffes usually follow en masse. Michele Bachmann is currently relishing her role in the media spotlight, though, not all seems to be going smoothly for her. Fresh from her recent likening of herself to a serial killer, the latest public snag has less to do with poorly constructed similes and metaphors, and more to do with breaches on campaign values.

It’s no secret that Michele Bachmann condemns massive government funding for healthcare delivery, allowing her to utter dispassionately the phrase “Obamacare” at virtually every campaign stop. Her attacks on Medicare, Medicaid, and health reform in general are well known and have certainly have created for her a coveted niche at the top of the 2012 GOP heap along with top billing by the presumptive front runner Mitt Romney. But, until now, it’s the little known benefit that her husband, a licensed psychologist, apparently received at the hand of the federal government that will eclipse her more previously innocuous missteps.

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. Initially, Bachmann said the fed-state reimbursements were a one-time event — funds used for training staff and initial services. More importantly, however, is the fact that, in spite of her proclamations of Medicare and Medicaid enrollments increasing the “welfare rolls”, her husband’s practice was a direct beneficiary. I guess we’ll see what gaffes develop from this latest issue. | LINK

29. June 2011 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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