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Bachmann Aims to Team with Ellison on Medicaid Reform

Days after she made controversial allegations against fellow MN Rep. Keith Ellison, Michele Bachmann said she hopes to partner with him on reforming Medicaid.

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) announced Monday that she's hoping to reform Medicaid in partnership with Keith Ellison, a DFLer and Fridley's representative in Congress. 

"I've been in communication with Rep. Ellison and hope to work with him on this issue," she said.

Her statement comes less than two weeks after she questioned her fellow Minnesota U.S. Representative's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Update: Keith Ellison: "I look forward to working with Rep. Bachmann"

Earlier in July, . She said the inspectors general of the National Intelligence Committee had every right to investigate people "like" Ellison and their ties to various groups. 

"[Ellison] has a long record of being associated with CAIR and with the Muslim Brotherhood. CAIR [Council on American-Islamic Relations] 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." 

—not to him, but to others. At the center of the controversy were Bachmann's allegations of ties between the Muslim Brotherhood and U.S. 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.

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

"Minnesota is the poster child for Medicaid fraud," she said. "If we're going to have a system, we need a system that works for the poor. Right now, it's not working.

Bachmann added that the reform would 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. 

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

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