Bachmann Hubby's Clinic Scored $137K From Medicaid
Subsidies run smack into Tea Party candidate's criticism of subsidies
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 29, 2011 2:57 AM CDT
Updated Jun 29, 2011 4:33 AM CDT
Michele Bachmann talks to supporters yesterday during a campaign stop in New Hampshire.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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(Newser) – A clinic run by Michele Bachmann's therapist husband has collected $137,000 in payments from a program lashed by the GOP presidential candidate: Medicaid. Those payments are on top of an additional $30,000 in government grant money for employee training at Marcus Bachmann's clinic. The clinic, which advertises "quality Christian counseling" for a range of mental health issues, also participates in a state subsidized health insurance program, notes MSNBC. Revelation of the health care payments—in addition to some $260,000 in subsidies for a Wisconsin farm owned in part by the Bachmanns—is proving an embarrassment to the Tea Party candidate who rips such "big government" aid on the campaign stump.

When Minnesota's governor signed a law earlier this month expanding Medicaid coverage to more state residents, Bachmann railed that "even more welfare recipients" would be added to the "welfare rolls at a very great cost." She's "giving hypocrisy a bad name," says the executive director of health care advocacy organization Families USA. "It's clear when it feathers her nest she's happy for Medicaid expenditures. But people that really need it—folks with disabilities and seniors—she's turning their backs on them." Bachmann was not immediately available for comment, but has insisted neither she nor her husband have personally benefited from government subsidies going to the clinic or family farm.