Obama Pulls Texas Medicaid Funds Over Planned Parenthood De-Funding
by Jennie Stone | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 2/28/12 8:59 PM
Planned Parenthood is spewing misguided rage towards Texas governor Rick Perry, claiming he is to blame for the recent Medicaid revocation (of the 1114-Medicaid waiver) in the state that will impact 130,000 Texas women.
“Texas would rather throw health care for hundreds of thousands of women overboard than allow Planned Parenthood to provide health care…through the public health programs,” said Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood.
“It is shameful that Governor Perry and Commissioner Suehs continue to politicize lifesaving breast cancer screenings and birth control access for low-income women,” stated Peter Durkin, president of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.
Planned Parenthood makes no indication whatsoever that this decision was entirely of the Obama administration.
Texas decided to bar the Women’s Health Program funding from abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, in May of last year. Almost immediately, the Obama administration threatened to pull Medicaid from Texas if funding wasn’t reinstated for the abortion giant. Texas refused, and in turn, the Obama administration decided last week to yank the annual $40,000,000 Texas received for its Medicaid program, beginning in March. This also results in another $17,000,000 loss to Planned Parenthood of Texas.
Obama showed his true agenda by pulling Medicaid from Texas. He would rather have thousands of low-income families struggling to obtain health care rather than see funding pulled and reallocated from the largest abortion-committing organization in the nation.
“We hope [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] will reverse its position and allow the program to continue,” said Stephanie Goodman, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.
We all know Planned Parenthood worships the ground Obama walks on, but it should be pretty obvious with whom the blame for this Medicaid revocation lies, even to Planned Parenthood.
LifeNews.com Note: Jennie Stone writes for the Live Action blog and this column is reprinted with permission.