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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. 

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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