Marcus Bachmann: The City Pages Interview

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Marcus Bachmann: first husband wannabe, therapist, and bill-collector?
Throughout Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign, her husband, Marcus, has remained stubbornly in the shadows.

Even after allegations that his Christian counseling center provides gay reparative therapy, Marcus still stayed virtually silent.

But now Marcus is coming out swinging, and demanding $150 in payment from the patient who exposed the practice with an undercover video.

City Pages called Bachmann to find out if a voice-mail message to that patient really came from him. To our shock, he actually called us back and gave City Pages an exclusive interview.

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John Becker appearing on Fox News in Vermont
John Becker, an undercover agent for Truth Wins Out, went to five appointments at Bachmann & Associates in Lake Elmo this past June and told his therapist, Timothy Wiertzema, that he didn't want to be gay anymore.

After Becker videotaped Wiertzema saying his homosexuality might "subside" or be coaxed to a "manageable" level, Becker packed up and returned to Vermont with the scoop. And that seemed to be the end of that.

Then on Monday, Becker received a surprise voice mail from Dr. Bachmann himself, demanding a $150 no-show payment for two therapy sessions Becker booked but didn't attend.

Becker returned the call, and allowed a Fox affiliate in Burlington to tape it.

"I half didn't expect him to answer," says Becker.

Voicemail from Marcus Bachmann by user6446359


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The "gay barbarians" outside the same Lake Elmo clinic Becker visited.
City Pages decided to give Bachmann a call to find out if the story was true. We never expected to hear back. After all, we're the ones who put Bachmann in a Cher video.

To our surprise, the notoriously media-shy doctor returned the call and chatted about Becker for several minutes. Read the whole conversation below:

City Pages: I'm just calling to find out if I could get a quick comment and also to make sure that was really you.

Marcus Bachmann:
You mean, did I call John Becker and leave a message about the bill that he owes?

CP:
Yes.

MB:
Yes.

CP:
His version of the story is that he already canceled those two appointments and you're saying that cancellation never happened.

MB:
Exactly.

CP: So he owes $150.

MB:
Ah, he owes us money.

CP:
The message they're putting out is that this is politically motivated, you're angry at them for doing this exposé work that they did. Do you have any response to that?

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Marcus Bachmann talks to City Pages.
MB: No, well, it's not politically motivated at all. He owes money to our business and he should pay for it. The appointments were not canceled and the therapist was -- because if they're canceled then the therapist can see other clients, and because they were not canceled and the therapist couldn't see clients, he was financially out the money. He owes the money. He's saying that he canceled them. We have all records. We have all voice messages and he did not cancel his appointment. So at this point, it's going to be his word against ours, but on a principle basis, if a person owes a bill they should pay for it.


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14 comments
Al
Al

marcus bachmann can't pray away any ones being gay, including his own.

Tjswift
Tjswift

Pay your bills, scumbag...you're giving  an undercover agents a bad name.

Laurieschlosser7
Laurieschlosser7

He is violating HIPPA by having any conversation at all about a client at his clinic.He should be reported to the licensing board!

Guest
Guest

I think the Bachmann's are total nut jobs and the idea that one can "pray away the gay" utterly ridiculous.  However, I believe Marcus Bachmann when he says those appointments weren't cancelled and I agree his clinic should be reimbursed.  They set time aside for him that could have been used for someone else, whether we agree with their message or not, they are in business and deserve to be paid for their time.  I agree, it's the principal of it. 

Guest
Guest

Let the bill go to collections. When the collector calls Becker can explain there is a dispute about the bill (he canceled, and they say he did not).

Under the law, the collection agency must then suspend collection activity on that bill. If the debt can not be validated (because they cannot prove Becker did not cancel) then the collection agency has no legal right to collect.

In fact, under the law Bachmann has no right to further harass Becker with collection calls for this same reason.  He cannot provide proof that this debt is valid.

http://www.ehow.com/how_492655...

MattBona
MattBona

It's pretty obvious that no one likes the guy, especially CityPages. But you are writing this story as if he is evil because he wants to collect the money that is owed him. Anyone would be pissed about some jackass no-showing for two appointments. Just because you disagree with his beliefs doesn't mean he is wrong...

Also, Marcus Bachmann really, really looks gay in that laughing picture of him!

vitajex
vitajex

Can't the Bachmanns just file for some sort of reimbursement from some government program that Michele can then go push to defund?

Glali0020
Glali0020

Do you even know what you are talking about?

Forwardpride
Forwardpride

Why are you assuming the appointments weren't canceled?

Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann

I don't think City Pages was saying he was wrong, I think they just wanted to make fun of him for being so petty he personally called the guy.  I think most CEOs delegate that task to an underling unless there is something personal going on. 

E K
E K

In college some buddies of mine made some appointments for me as a prank at a tanning salon.  They kept calling me about the $40 I owed them.  Will the City Pages please take my story up, too?  Wait, I better find out their opinion dudes getting married to dudes first...

Matt Bona
Matt Bona

I'm not really sure what is to make fun of there. I sure as hell would make a call to get my $150 back.

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