The SEIU-Planned parenthood connection is under-exposed but a new campaign the labor union is launching against what it considers to be exorbitant hospital executive pay gives one pro-life advocate another chance to expose it.
Kelsey Hazzard of Secular Pro-Life notes a new radio and print advertisement campaign concerning Health Management Associates (HMA), which owns dozens of hospitals across the country.
The advertisements attack HMA for basing executive pay solely on profits, “even though HMA has been plagued by multiple government investigations, lawsuits, and scandals.” Sure enough, the website WrongWayHMA.org offers extensive documentation of these issues.
Naturally, I’m as opposed to health care scandals as the next person, so I found the campaign enlightening. The advertisements also got me thinking about another nationwide healthcare provider that has been plagued by multiple government investigations, lawsuits, and scandals: Planned Parenthood.
Here’s where it gets interesting. The anti-HMA campaign is sponsored by “the doctors, nurses and caregivers of the Service Employees International Union.” The SEIU’s health care division is operated by long-time labor organizer Kirk Adams. And Kirk Adams is married to none other than Cecile Richards, the CEO of Planned Parenthood.
In short, scandals at clinics are bad, and the executives who oversee them ought to take a pay cut– unless it’s your wife, making $340,000 a year at the nation’s largest abortion chain.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which represents nearly two million workers in over 100 occupations across the United States, pressured pro-life Democrats who initially opposed Obamacare over its abortion funding provisions. In some cases, the union threatened pro-life Democrats and others who were undecided on the legislation with supporting primary election opponents if they didn’t vote yes on the bill or motions to make the bill law.
In 2005, SEIU networked with one of the top pro-abortion groups, Emily’s List, for Americans for Health Care, a joint project between the Service Employees International Union, and the abortion advocacy group.
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The SEIU and its political affiliate also contributed $3 million to America Votes, headed by Richards at the time Adams was an aide to SEIU President Andy Stern. Adams, according to the Wall-Street Journal, directed the Obamacare effort for the union — which resulted in a slush fund for Planned Parenthood — and met with pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, to discuss the bill.