An article published Saturday in LiveNews.com reports of a case settlement between the state of Washington and Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest in which Planned Parenthood agreed to pay only $345,000 and not have to admit any incorrect billing, documentation or payment. According to the Associated Press, an internal audit showed that they had received $629,143 over a three-year period from overbilling the state of Washington. That means they got to keep $284,143. What a deal, at least for Planned Parenthood, not for the taxpayers of the state of Washington. So how did they work out such a sweet deal?
According to LifeNews.com, “Schmidt [David Schmidt of the pro-life group Life Action, which monitors Planned Parenthood] says “Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards was with Washington’s pro-abortion Governor Christine Gregoire earlier this month” and noted a message posted on her Facebook account saying it was “great” to spend time with her.”
(From Cecile Richards’ Facebook page)
Cecile Richards: campaigning today for Senator Patty Murray in Washington state – great to be with Governor Christine Gregoire! Thanks to all the PP Votes volunteers who are phonebanking and doorknocking to let voters know Dino Rossi’s intensely anti-choice, anti-women’s health positions! October 14 at 2:43am (Emphasis added)
“Did Cecile Richards meet with her pal Governor Christine Gregoire to hash out a deal where Planned Parenthood paid back some of their over-billing while not admitting to any wrongdoing and escaping fraud charges? We may never know for sure but we do know that Planned Parenthood’s operation is routinely protected by political allies,” he said.
The LifeNews.com article goes on to site wrongdoing at many other Planned Parenthood affiliate offices all across the country like PPH of Spokane, PPH clinics in Jew Jersey, PPH of Los Angeles, PPH affiliate in San Diego, PPH Golden Gate, PPH in Iowa, and PPH of the Heartland. The numbers are staggering. All together PPH and their affiliates have milked the state and federal government out of millions of dollars going back over the last decade or so. And why do they do it? Because they can, that’s why! Action against them is slow and seems pretty much ineffective. They continue to, not only receive federal money to fund abortions, they also milk the system through overbilling, “unbundling” of charges, billing for services that do not qualify as family planning and overinflating the costs of contraception and medications.
Why isn’t the government doing anything to stop this abuse? Your guess is as good as mine. But, could it be that Congress has been giving them a green light? What we do know is that there’s a lot of stinking thinking going on and like a soiled diaper we must change the thinking. Now that’s “change” you can believe in.