Live Action hits Indiana Planned Parenthood claims on Medicaid

posted at 9:25 am on June 29, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Indiana recently stripped the nation’s largest abortion chain store from receiving Medicaid funding, a decision that has the Obama administration fuming.  The White House has threatened to hold $4.2 billion in federal Medicaid funds from Indiana unless it restores Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider, claiming — as does Planned Parenthood’s national leadership — that the decision leaves women without reliable gynecological care.  Is that true?  Live Action Films made phone calls to PP clinics across the state, and as it turns out, even Planned Parenthood admits that women can find that care easily in their communities:

Planned Parenthood staffers at all 16 locations admitted that Medicaid women would still have access to medical care after the defunding. Staffers suggested local health clinics or state-assigned primary care physicians for Medicaid patients: “Your primary care doctor should be able to do [a Well Woman exam,] I mean, that’s what they’re there for,” said a Planned Parenthood in Michigan City, while the Merrillville Planned Parenthood said of a local community health center, “They have the same services we have.”

“According to Planned Parenthood’s own statistics, their 28 clinics serve less than 1% of Indiana Medicaid patients, yet they do more than 50% of Indiana abortions,” notes Rose. There are over 800 other Medicaid providers available to these women in the counties with Planned Parenthood clinics alone.”

Even Indiana doctors agree that defunding Planned Parenthood in Indiana would have little to no effect on the care and services provided to Medicaid patients.

“If Planned Parenthood only sees 1% of Medicaid patients in the state, and that’s their statistic, it doesn’t seem like they are making a big imprint in the first place,” said Dr. Geoff Cly, at the Northeast Ob/GYN Women’s Health Group in Fort Wayne, IN. “I know in our group, we currently have capacity to see more patients and I’m sure many other groups could easily take care of the 1% that’s left if Planned Parenthood no longer took care of those patients.”

Be sure to read Live Action’s fact-check of Planned Parenthood’s claims in Indiana. PP claims 9300 Medicaid patients in Indiana, which is less than 1% of all Medicaid patients in the state. They have 28 locations in Indiana, which would be 3.5% of all qualified Medicaid providers in the state if Planned Parenthood still qualified. Those 28 clinics performed 5,580 abortions last year, which comes to 200 per clinic, or darned near one a weekday in each clinic — and over half of all abortions performed in Indiana in 2010. It doesn’t appear that non-abortion work is so significant that it can’t get absorbed by non-abortionists in the vicinity, as even Planned Parenthood clinics themselves point out to callers.

If you agree, sign the petition demanding that Health and Human Services back down from its threat to extort Indiana through federal Medicaid funding on behalf of Planned Parenthood. Better yet, call your Congressional Representative and Senators and ask them why the executive branch is interfering with Indiana’s judgment on Medicaid clinics on behalf of the nation’s leading abortion chain store.

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IMPEACH OBAMA!

Roy Rogers on June 29, 2011 at 9:29 AM

What we have is a child in office. Doesn’t get his way? Takes his toys and goes home. Same now with Sebelius and HHS. They just change the rules anytime they see fit and do what they please, to hell with the law.

search4truth on June 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM

The White House has threatened to hold $4.2 billion in federal Medicaid funds from Indiana unless it restores Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider

“Fine. We won’t be sending any dough to Washington then,” -Hoosiers.

Akzed on June 29, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Don’t confuse me with the facts.

Fallon on June 29, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Won’t withdrawing funding for Indiana impact services there? Part of me hopes Obama actually does it so we can run “why do the Democrats hate women” ads.

Darth Executor on June 29, 2011 at 9:40 AM

The White House has threatened to hold $4.2 billion in federal Medicaid funds from Indiana unless it restores Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider

I say call their bet

darwin-t on June 29, 2011 at 9:44 AM

I say call their bet

darwin-t on June 29, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Yep. And double down.

Scott P on June 29, 2011 at 9:50 AM

The White House has threatened to hold $4.2 billion in federal Medicaid funds from Indiana unless it restores Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider…

Um, isn’t this called blackmail? Chicago politics at its finest. Where is the MSM on this?

Poway on June 29, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Last week a judge granted an injunction blocking enforcement of the law. Essentially telling the legislature to “give them the money.” Why do we even have legislatures if they can’t enact laws?

Tommy_G on June 29, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Wow … pretty devasting video. Planned Parenthood are liars extraordinare.

darwin on June 29, 2011 at 9:55 AM

“Fine. We won’t be sending any dough to Washington then,” -Hoosiers.

Akzed on June 29, 2011 at 9:31 AM

I think all of the states where local common sense moves are blocked by D.C. should do this (AZ, IN, etc.) If we were to stop feeding the beast, we would always get “our share” of our federal tax dollars because we would keep them in the first place. If only.

IrishEyes on June 29, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Time for Indiana to go “all in”, over the top…

Khun Joe on June 29, 2011 at 9:57 AM

And from the LSM…..crickets.

KMC1 on June 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM

What’s funny is PP can get the funding today … right now. All they have to do is separate abortion from their other “services” … but they won’t do it because virtually all money is for abortion.

darwin on June 29, 2011 at 10:04 AM

“Fine. We won’t be sending any dough to Washington then,” -Hoosiers.

Akzed on June 29, 2011 at 9:31 AM

This is why the 16th Amendment was such a horrible idea. It and the 17th fundamentally altered the balance of power between the national and state governments. Congress used this “greenmail” power to get states to enact 55-mph speed limits, uniform 21-year-old drinking age, and probably dozens of other things that they do not have the constitutional authority to enact at a national level. It is impossible for me to imagine a US Senator, or even a House member thinking of running for Senate in the future, voting to coerce the very state legislators he’ll be asking to (re-)elect him.

In the process of sending our money to DC and having them send it back, it acquires the magical property of being Other People’s Money (as Sarah Palin pithily puts it: “OPiuM”). People don’t spend OPM the way they spend their own hard-earned money, so waste is greater.

If we repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments, and let each state figure out the best way to raise the money it needs to provide services, as well as the most efficient and effective ways to provide those services, both spending and taxation will fall, and we can start digging out of the massive debt.

The Monster on June 29, 2011 at 10:14 AM

I spoke to a friend’s daughter the other day who was lamenting the fact that the planned parenthood clinic in her neighborhood had closed and she had NOWHERE to get her birth control pills!

I asked her why she couldn’t go to her PCP. She said she couldn’t afford it. I told her most physicians will take cash and an office visit for a 12 month RX for BCPs and a pelvic was well worth the investment (she has a fulltime job, as does her live-in boyfriend).

She resisted this, so I recommended the community clinic.

She didn’t want to hear any of that. Because the reason I was hearing this from her was because she sees my FB posts and knows I’m a conservative. She thought she was going to make a point. Basically, I told her what conservatives tell people…take personal responsibility!

keebs on June 29, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Thanks for letting us know about the petition, Ed. Not that it will sway the least democratic President we’ve ever had.

theCork on June 29, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Lila Grace Rose was on Huckabee discussing Indiana’s fight to keep Planned Parenthood defunded. You can check out the video here.

“President Obama is threatening to cut billions of dollars to medicaid patients. If planned parenthood suspended their abortion practices they could get all the medicaid money they could want. But they refuse because they do more than half the abortions in the state.” said LilaGrace Rose.

texasconserv on June 29, 2011 at 10:25 AM

What we have is a child in office. Doesn’t get his way? Takes his toys and goes home.

search4truth on June 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM

He’s a thin skinned, vindictive, petulant child at that and they’re not his toys, they’re ours. He’s just stealing them. In addition the home he’s going to is not even his it’s ours too. He’s just squatting there until we get around to evicting him.

Oldnuke on June 29, 2011 at 10:25 AM

A federal judge restored Planned Parenthood funding in Indiana, so they are getting Medicaid dollars again unless the ruling is appealed and overturned.

zmdavid on June 29, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Wow … pretty devasting video. Planned Parenthood are liars extraordinare.

darwin on June 29, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Well, when your business model is built around murdering children for money, lying is hardly a major stretch.

Trafalgar on June 29, 2011 at 10:26 AM

The more they tell you it’s “not about abortion” you can bet that it sure is. They are in the fight of their life, and if they lose this one, the dominoes fall; the lid will be off; the Pandora’s box open.

God bless you, Live Action!

hoosiermama on June 29, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Where is the MSM on this?

Poway on June 29, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Breaking News: White House to punish Indiana for leaving women to die in the streets.

CurtZHP on June 29, 2011 at 10:28 AM

That’s what happens when States take federal money with strings attached.

Murf76 on June 29, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Basically, I told her what conservatives tell people…take personal responsibility!

keebs on June 29, 2011 at 10:18 AM

A girl who lets her live-in boyfriend screw her for free with no commitments to speak of doesn’t strike me as personally responsible. But that’s just the luddite in me talking.

CurtZHP on June 29, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Live Action does fine work.

mchristian on June 29, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Why does the Federal Government hate sick children in Indiana?

unclesmrgol on June 29, 2011 at 10:34 AM

I spoke to a friend’s daughter the other day who was lamenting the fact… she had NOWHERE to get her birth control pills!…(she has a fulltime job, as does her live-in boyfriend).

Tell her to ask her BF to go to the closest 7/11 and buy a box of Trojans. They’re still OTC, right? Even in Indiana?

Knott Buyinit on June 29, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Tell her to ask her BF to go to the closest 7/11 and buy a box of Trojans. They’re still OTC, right? Even in Indiana?

Knott Buyinit on June 29, 2011 at 10:36 AM

This. He wants to bang her non-stop, let him spring for the pills.

CurtZHP on June 29, 2011 at 10:44 AM

This is why the 16th Amendment was such a horrible idea. It and the 17th fundamentally altered the balance of power between the national and state governments. Congress used this “greenmail” power to get states to enact 55-mph speed limits, uniform 21-year-old drinking age, and probably dozens of other things that they do not have the constitutional authority to enact at a national level….

The Monster on June 29, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Yep, and one of the worst is their prog control of K-12, essentially bribing the states with our money.

slickwillie2001 on June 29, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Repeal the 16th Amendment and this nation has a chance.

Jvette on June 29, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Repeal the 16th Amendment and this nation has a chance.

Jvette on June 29, 2011 at 11:16 AM

I’m as much for that as I am for an overturning of Roe V. Wade…and have about as little hope for either to happen.

Uncle Sams Nephew on June 29, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Sadly, if Obama and his administration ignore the law, what are they going to care about a petition?

Ward Cleaver on June 29, 2011 at 2:13 PM

The left is built on lies.

Slowburn on June 30, 2011 at 12:49 AM

…and how much care will they get if Urkel withholds $4.2 billion from the state?

The answer makes things rather obvious that this is NOT about health care.

91Veteran on June 30, 2011 at 2:15 AM