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Friday, July 1, 2011

The Worst Thing About the Bachmann-Medicare Kerfuffle

Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann has decried Medicaid for swelling the “welfare rolls”, and charges that President Obama wants to bankrupt Medicare to force seniors onto “Obamacare.”
But a “quality Christian counseling” clinic run by Bachmann’s husband has collected more than $137,000 in Medicaid payments for treating patients over the last six years, according to an NBC News investigation.

It's not the hypocrisy. The blatant, stunning, shameless hypocrisy of Bachmann complaining about Medicare while profiting from it. That's pretty much what you would expect from someone like Bachmann. This is the same Michele Bachmann who is all up in arms about government spending and "socialism" while collecting thousands of dollars in federal farm subsidies. There's nothing even surprising about someone like Bachmann trashing a program while taking money from it. That's to be expected. It's also not surprising that she sees absolutely no irony in this.

Here's the worst thing. Bachmann's husband's psychology practice specializes in de-gayification.

"Bachmann and Associates believes in providing all clients with quality counseling in a Christian environment," reads the mission statement on the business's website. Some of the listed specialties of the clinic and its counselors include "abuse issues," "co-dependency," "men's and women's issues," "shame," and "spiritual issues."
But some observers claim that the mission of the practice includes counseling homosexuals in an effort to "ungay" them. "It is absolutely sincere," adds former school board member Cecconi. "They specialize in 'reparation' regarding sexual orientation."  (source)

This is not only bullshit, it is hate-based bullshit, and Medicare dollars should not be going to such a practice.

This is him, by the way, addressing the topic of what to do about gay youth:

If you are a psychologist, and someone comes to you and says "help me, doc, I'm gay!" your job is to say "let's see if we can't help you to accept yourself. You need to come to grips with who you are and learn to love yourself." or something like that. Your job is NOT to pray the gay away. Your job is NOT to say "don't worry, I can help you become straight!" It's bullshit, it doesn't work, nor should it. Gay people don't need to be "fixed" or "cured" or "converted." And the taxpayers of Minnesota should not have their tax money wasted on this this type of horrible faux-therapy.

1 comment:

Stupid Git said...

Just as no government dollars go toward abortions because a large part of the country disagrees with that on a moral level.

Sadly, our media and elected officials don't count an opinion relevant unless it's blown up a clinic, shot a doctor or marched down main street armed to the teeth with guns. In this country, you have to be willing to kill people to show just how strong your morals are. Otherwise you're not considered a Real American.