Counseling clinic started by Bachmann accepted Medicaid payments
Image has not been found. URL: http://images.americanindependent.com/2012-80.jpgThe Christian counseling clinic started by Rep. Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus has taken in $137,000 in Medicaid payments over the last several years, despite the congresswoman’s public opposition to government involvement in health care, NBC News reported Tuesday. That’s in addition to the $30,000 in state funds that the Minnesota Independent first reported last summer.
Bachmann and Associates, Inc., the family’s clinic, uses overtly conservative Christian counseling, an issue which raised questions about the clinic possibly violating the separation of church and state with the money it receives from the Minnesota taxpayers.
“[W]e would like to think that Bachmann, as a member of Congress, knows better than to take state funds to run a sectarian organization,” said Sandhya Bathija of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State following the Minnesota Independent’s report last summer. “Catholic Charities and other groups may receive government funding, but they must keep their religious activities separate from their social services.”
NBC News reported yesterday that Bachmann’s clinic has also taken in $137,000 in Medicaid payments. Half is comprised of federal taxpayer money, and the other half is state taxpayer money. Bachmann did not respond to NBC’s requests for comment.