Planned Parenthood Pushing Its Customers Into Obamacare for Tax-Funding

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 21, 2013   |   3:54PM   |   Washington, DC

The Planned Parenthood abortion business is pushing its customers into Obamacare in a scheme to get more taxpayer funding from the federal government.

Politico has the details on what’s happening:

The group’s more than 750 health centers across the country will be promoting the health law and helping women find out about new coverage options for themselves and their families before — and after — enrollment begins Oct. 1. They’re creating everything from refrigerator magnets to online apps that help people enroll in a health plan. Some affiliates will be applying to become official government-funded “navigators” to give people more hands-on help through the signup process.

Planned Parenthood says its health centers see nearly 3 million patients a year, many of them using the clinics as their primary point of care. More than nine out 10 are under age 40. About half are uninsured.

So the group sees itself as uniquely placed to reach those women, helping them get covered and serving as messengers to their families and communities. To that end, it’s training clinic staff, printing posters and pamphlets and incorporating information about the law into its educational programs.

It makes sense, but giving Planned Parenthood such a major role in promoting Obamacare brings great risks as well. Republicans in Washington and across the country have long wanted to defund Planned Parenthood and making it a major part of the public relations rollout is already inviting criticism from opponents.



“Planned Parenthood is among the long list of liberal organizations that are expected to receive taxpayer-funded navigator grants. The navigator grants would further enable Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America, to continue its misuse of taxpayer dollars to [supplement] their big abortion business,” said Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), who says she wants to eliminate the navigator program — for which $54 million in funds will be made available — even without a Planned Parenthood link because it’s “ripe for fraud and abuse” and violations of privacy.

During Obama’s speech to the abortion business earlier this year, he talked about Planned Parenthood helping push Obamacare.