Texas to defund Planned Parenthood

More significantly, the Texas legislature wants Medicaid funds in a block grant so that they can spend it where they think it's needed rather than Washington telling them. Politico: The Texas Legislature approved a bill Monday that would both compel the state to push the Obama administration to convert Texas's Medicaid program into a block grant and defund abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. The omnibus health bill also includes a number of other controversial provisions, including plans to save $400 million over the next year by increasing the use of Medicaid managed care.The legislation now goes to the desk of Gov. Rick Perry, who has been generally supportive of both the Medicaid reforms, as well as anti-abortion language. When previously asked about Senate Bill 7, Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed would not speak specifically to pending legislation, but did comment on the governor's broad support for block grants. "[Gov. Perry] would prefer local or state solutions to Texas'...(Read Full Post)