Administration shoots down IN denial of funds to Planned Parenthood

Rick Moran
Evidently, even if you are an extremely profitable business without taxpayer support like Planned Parenthood, you still get to suck off the taxpayer because of the government's pro-abortion policies.

The Obama administration is denying Indiana's request to stop funding PP as long as they perform abortions. The logic used by the administration is priceless:

However, the Obama administration has told the state it can't implement the new law, with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick denying a request to deny funds saying the federal Medicaid law stipulates that states can't exclude providers based on the services they provide.

"Medicaid programs may not exclude qualified health care providers from providing services that are funded under the program because of a provider's scope of practice," Berwick wrote, according to National Journal. "We assume this decision is not unexpected."

Berwick also said the law makes it so states can't prohibit access to family planning, which is provided under federal law. His department released a memo advising states that they can't exclude abortion providers from receiving taxpayer funds via Medicaid.

"Medicaid programs may not exclude qualified health care providers -- whether an individual provider, a physician group, an outpatient clinic or a hospital -- from providing services under the program because they separately provide abortion services," Center for Medicaid Director Cindy Mann wrote in the memo.

Evidently, tax payer subsidies are not based on need, but on whether they are "qualified health care providers." A nice distinction - for PP.

The state won a preliminary round when a federal judge declined to issue an injunction against the law in a suit brought by PP. Indiana argued that PP mixes it's monies together and doesn't try to segregate the money it gets for performing abortions and what it makes from other services:

"This indicates that, while PPIN may not receive Medicaid reimbursements directly related to abortions, the Medicaid reimbursements it does receive are pooled or comingled with other monies it receives and thus help to pay for total operational costs," the state said, making it so abortions or costs related to abortions are indirectly funded.

This battle has only just begun.

Evidently, even if you are an extremely profitable business without taxpayer support like Planned Parenthood, you still get to suck off the taxpayer because of the government's pro-abortion policies.

The Obama administration is denying Indiana's request to stop funding PP as long as they perform abortions. The logic used by the administration is priceless:

However, the Obama administration has told the state it can't implement the new law, with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick denying a request to deny funds saying the federal Medicaid law stipulates that states can't exclude providers based on the services they provide.

"Medicaid programs may not exclude qualified health care providers from providing services that are funded under the program because of a provider's scope of practice," Berwick wrote, according to National Journal. "We assume this decision is not unexpected."

Berwick also said the law makes it so states can't prohibit access to family planning, which is provided under federal law. His department released a memo advising states that they can't exclude abortion providers from receiving taxpayer funds via Medicaid.

"Medicaid programs may not exclude qualified health care providers -- whether an individual provider, a physician group, an outpatient clinic or a hospital -- from providing services under the program because they separately provide abortion services," Center for Medicaid Director Cindy Mann wrote in the memo.

Evidently, tax payer subsidies are not based on need, but on whether they are "qualified health care providers." A nice distinction - for PP.

The state won a preliminary round when a federal judge declined to issue an injunction against the law in a suit brought by PP. Indiana argued that PP mixes it's monies together and doesn't try to segregate the money it gets for performing abortions and what it makes from other services:

"This indicates that, while PPIN may not receive Medicaid reimbursements directly related to abortions, the Medicaid reimbursements it does receive are pooled or comingled with other monies it receives and thus help to pay for total operational costs," the state said, making it so abortions or costs related to abortions are indirectly funded.

This battle has only just begun.