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Oh Stop Whining And Just Pay The Lady

Jim Burroway

November 15th, 2011

John Becker wrote about going undercover as an “ex-gay” patient at Marcus Bachmann’s clinic. After publishing the results, he also, as you can imagine, decided not to go back for any more “treatments.” Becker called to cancel his three remaining sessions, but apparently the receptionist only cancelled one. Which means that Bachmann is now is demanding payment for Becker’s two no-shows. He really wants that $150, and left this message on Becker’s voicemail:

Hello John Becker, this is Doctor Marcus Bachmann (emphasis his); I received a message from our billing department asking if we would write off the two no-show fees for 7/7/11 and 7/12/11. We will not (emphasis his) be writing those off, so you do owe those no-show fees, and we would expect payment as soon as possible, otherwise we will have to turn it over to collections. If you have any questions you can call …

Totally reasonable if you ask me. After all, those bills from Nordstrom can really add up fast.

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Erin
November 15th, 2011 | LINK

Ugh, you cannot charge someone for services not rendered. Counter sue for harassment. Bring this anti-gay therapy scam back into the spotlight. That’ll shut them up.

Lightning Baltimore
November 15th, 2011 | LINK

I do hope you’re being facetious. If Becker called to cancel three appointments, but the receptionist only canceled one, Bachmann is free to either write-off the uncanceled ones or make the receptionist pay for them. Demanding a client pay for an employee’s mistake is unethical, as one might expect from an ethics-challenged “therapist.”

Jay Jonson
November 15th, 2011 | LINK

Becker should sue the quack for medical malpractice and ask that any accreditation he has be removed for violating professional and ethical guidelines regarding reparative therapy.

Jim Burroway
November 15th, 2011 | LINK

Of course I’m being facetious.

Ben in Oakland
November 15th, 2011 | LINK

You are missing a word in the title.

Pay. Prey. Pray. Played.

Somthing like that.

Jim Burroway
November 15th, 2011 | LINK

It had been in there — something must have glitched out. The hazzards of posting from an iPhone with a wonky connection. It’s fixed now.

TomTallis
November 15th, 2011 | LINK

Hey!! I love Nordstrom’s… Oh. Wait…

CPT_Doom
November 15th, 2011 | LINK

It is fascinating that Dr. Bachmann left this message himself. It’s not like he “treated” Becker, and I highly doubt the head of the clinic is involved in something as mundane as an unpaid $150 bill, especially when his wife maintains she is still running for President. Seems to me someone is taking this all a bit personally.

homer
November 15th, 2011 | LINK

I’m sure Marcus Bachmann calls all the gays to make sure they pay or play.

Richard Rush
November 16th, 2011 | LINK

If you sign a commitment to several sessions of anything, in this case “therapy,” and then you discover it’s a fraud during the first session, are you really obligated to pay for the remaining sessions? I don’t think so.

mikenola
November 16th, 2011 | LINK

i so want to see Ms. Bachmann forced into civil court to sue for the money. I want to see him defend the “pray away the gay” therapy in open court instead of on tailored interviews.

Jim Hlavac
November 16th, 2011 | LINK

Well, Becker can’t sue for malpractice for he admits he went in undercover as a journalist of sorts. And Bachmann can demand the money till the moon comes home, but Becker is under no obligation to render payment for the services were exposed as bogus and a scam. I’d like to see a court case over it, sure, drag in the fraud of the clinic, without doubt. Send it to collections, get the court case rolling!

But in answer to “if you have any questions call …” — Yes, I have a question Mr. Bachmann, “are you out of your mind?”

Ned Flaherty
November 20th, 2011 | LINK

The historical facts so far show:

1. Bachmann & Associates does not appear to have adequate professional certification for a mental health facility.
2. B&A advertises and sells a “quality mental health” product that consists mainly of: prayer, hope, wardrobe suggestions, advice to get new friends, and instructions that gay male clients will get cured by staring at females.
3. B&A falsely claims that its product actually changes clients’ sexual orientations, when there is no credible scientific evidence that any such thing has ever happened, or is even possible (coercing a bisexual into a temporary new routine doesn’t count).
4. B&A does not publish its product’s relapse history, failure ratio, or suicide rate.
5. B&A commits consumer fraud.
6. B&A commits medical/mental health malpractice.
7. B&A does not publish proof of insurance coverage amounts that are appropriate for a firm selling a discredited, disproved, unscientific product with an extremely high mortality rate.

In light of the fraud and malpractice, Bachmann already owes Becker several times more than Becker could possibly owe Bachmann.

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