Bachmann Hopes to Team with Ellison on Medicaid Reform

A week after getting embroiled in controversy with some allegations against Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann hopes to team up with the Democrat on Medicaid reform.

Less than two weeks after she questioned her fellow Minnesota U.S. Representative's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, Rep. Michele Bachmann announced Monday in St. Michael, MN that she's hoping to team up with Rep. Keith Ellison on Medicaid reform. 

In a meeting with St. Michael business owners, Bachmann said she was looking to do bi-partisan work to end Medicaid fraud.

"Minnesota is the poster child for Medicaid fraud. If we're going to have a system, we need a system that works for the poor. Right now, it's not working. I've been in communication with Rep. Ellison and hope to work with him on this issue," she said. 

Bachmann added that the reform would largely help more people in Ellison's district, but would assist people in hers. 

"If it helps him more, who cares? It's broken and it needs to be fixed," she said. 

UPDATE: Ellison - "I look forward to working with Rep. Bachmann," via Fridley Patch. 

Earlier in July, Bachmann questioned Ellison's ties with various Muslim groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, on the Glenn Beck Show. She stated the Inspectors General of the National Intelligence Committee had every right to investigate people "like" Ellison and their ties to various groups. 

"Well, he [Ellison] has a long record of being associated with CAIR and with the Muslim Brotherhood. CAIR is an unindicted co‑conspirator, as stated in the large terrorist financing case that we’ve had in the United States of America and so he came out and essentially wanted to shut down the inspectors general from even looking into any of the questions that we were asking." 

Ellison vehmently denied the charge, and said Bachmann should apologize for the allegations, not to him, but to others. At the center of the controversy was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin.  

"It's the worst of 'guilt by association,'" Ellison told CNN's Anderson Cooper on July 20. 

Bachmann said she has "high respect" for Rep. Ellison, and enjoys a "working relationship" with Congress' first elected Muslim. 

Kathy Smelser July 31, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Michele B. should do the country a favor and please go away ....get some help
freedomaphile July 31, 2012 at 05:33 PM
This can only mean that this "bipartisan effort to end Medicaid fraud" is itself a fraud in an attempt to damage Medicaid and as such becomes a trap for Rep. Ellison. After all who could oppose an effort to end Medicaid fraud. I will bet that Michele's effort does not include hiring more investigators.
Susan Kunin July 31, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Mike Schoemer (Editor) July 31, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Correction: Ellison was Congress' first elected Muslim, not only elected Muslim, as stated previously. Rep. Andre Carson (Indiana) is the second.
KEITH COX July 31, 2012 at 07:34 PM
What world does Bachman live in ? Who in their right mind would work with this fascist agent of the Koch Bros? BACHMAN FOR PRISONER 2012
Jonathan Burton July 31, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Apparently the insan-o-meter finally triggered Bachmann's handlers to shift her the other direction to avoid defeat this next election. Fir the life of me I cannot fathom why people even vote for her, except to say that her district must be drawn in such a way that it covers a pretty ignorant and religiously extreme constituency in Minnesota.
Bejoth July 31, 2012 at 10:03 PM
The woman has a split personality. She's a loon.
gasface 49 July 31, 2012 at 10:28 PM
...Should happen to you: Bachmann should the same treatment, thrown, with the same effort George Bush received>two shoes thrown at her...
gasface 49 July 31, 2012 at 10:43 PM
...I think Romney should pick her a VP. Mitt managed to share selective imformation on who heads MI6, He mishandled the London Security for the Olympices, He meant with Jewish groupes (never know that Jerusalem in Asia), and then he meant and chatty with the head of Palestinian Authorties on how well the Olympices were going (P.L.O. via Yasser Arafat & the Jewish hostages of 1972) Bachmann the VP for you...
Jim July 31, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Michelle Bachmann is the worst kind of delusional. The kind that thinks she can just toss around a few buckets worth of baseless McCarthyism, and suffer no ill effects for it. I cannot believe the 6th District keeps sending this wingnut headcase back to Congress.
David talley July 31, 2012 at 11:51 PM
My my a little heat and she starts to do her job As the saying go's People don't change because they see the light .... Only when they feel the heat
john purcell August 01, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Rep Bachmann should seek the assistance of a Behavioral Health professional. jack purcell
Mimi August 01, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Now all of a sudden Bachmann wants to work with Democrats on medicaid fraud??? I though she voted for the Paul Ryan budget to dismantle medicare and medicaid. Bachmann knows she is in trouble this year in keeping her seat. This woman is dangerous and needs to be voted out by whatever means possible. She is full of hatred and division and has not accomplished one constructive thing in her entire term.
Steve Soucy August 05, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Michelle Bachmann continues to be a major embarassment to the majority of people in Minnesota. I encourage you folks, as I have done, to contribute financially to her Congressional opponent Jim Graves, to take over her seat in Washington. It's time to send Michelle home! Seriously......you damned near accuse someone of being a traitor and then you say you want to work with him? It's her namby-pamby way of saying "she leaned across the aisle"....LOL....I think she leaned too far, and fell on her face!
Nikkihilton August 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM
I think Bachmann needs some help...


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