This is not the first time that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast has been in hot water. In 2013, it paid $4.3 million to settle allegations of Medicaid fraud. In 2012, Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director in Texas, filed a lawsuit against Texas Planned Parenthood affiliates alleging that they were fraudulently billing the Texas Women’s Health Program of more than $5.7 million by submitting almost 90,000 “repeated false, fraudulent, and ineligible claims for Medicaid reimbursements.” An Alliance Defending Freedom report reveals that this is happening at Planned Parenthood affiliates all over the nation.
Today the U.S. House worked to follow Texas’s lead. It passed a budget reconciliation bill by 240 votes which would remove a huge pot of federal funding under Medicaid and other mandatory programs from Planned Parenthood. The Senate should follow suit. The House bill would also eliminate key elements of ObamaCare, which subsidizes abortion and forces people to purchase health plans in violation of their conscience. Republicans in the Senate now have the opportunity to work toward keeping their campaign promises that helped them secure the Congressional majority. For our friends in the Senate who think the House bill is not strong enough, we encourage them to try and make the measure even better. The House leadership has said they will accept any improvements the Senate makes to the bill that will eliminate much of Planned Parenthood’s funding and remove the heart of ObamaCare.
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