AFA President Tim Wildmon to Supporters: Call Congressmen to Stop Taxpayer Funding of Planned Parenthood - $4 BILLION in Total Taxpayer Funding Over 10 Years; $12 Million Fraudulently Used
American Family Association Calls for More Aggressive Congressional Investigation into Planned Parenthood Medicaid Fraud
American Family Association (AFA, AFA.net)
is calling for over 2 million of its supportersto
contact their congressmen at the Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
to stop using taxpayer dollars to fund Planned Parenthood and its affiliates
around the country after the abortion giant settled a court case that alleged
it was deeply involved in Medicaid fraud—to the tune of millions of dollars.
Earlier this month, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast was ordered to pay $4.3
million for making false, fraudulent and ineligible Medicaid claims through the
Texas Women’s Health Program from 2003 to 2009. The pro-abortion group must
also pay the legal fees of plaintiff, former Planned Parenthood employee and
whistleblower Karen Reynolds, represented by the American Center for Law and
Justice. The case marks the first time the U.S. Department of
Justice has accused a Planned Parenthood affiliate of fraud.
“Planned Parenthood doesn’t deserve taxpayer funding - period,”
said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for
government-funded abortions in the first place, but if Planned Parenthood is
intentionally fraudulent with its Medicaid claims—essentially stealing even
more money from taxpayers—the abortion factory definitely shouldn’t receive
government funding. In fact, the government should cease funding of Planned
Parenthood affiliates immediately and completely after these findings that it
committed fraud. We are calling for our supporters to contact Congress and
speak to their congressmen and request that Planned Parenthood stop receiving
taxpayer dollars (to the tune of over $4 Billion over the last 10 years!) as we
are convinced that other branches are committing fraud as well.”
Several former employees have filed lawsuits claiming they were instructed
to repeatedly make false Medicaid claims. Two other cases are active in Texas
and Iowa. The alleged Medicaid fraud amount totals over 12 million dollars for
tens of thousands of false claims.
In its work on the Planned Parenthood cases, Alliance Defending Freedom
brought to light that Planned Parenthood, to enhance revenues, implemented a
program that automatically mailed a year’s supply of birth control pills to
women who had only been seen once at a Planned Parenthood clinic and usually by
personnel who were not qualified health care professionals.
Steve Aden, a pro-life attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom talked
with National Review about the investigation that the Government
Accountability Office (GAO), a Congressional agency, indicated it would
conduct, and why it is so important:
“Over the past ten years, Planned Parenthood and its 71 separate affiliates
have reportedly received more than $4 billion in taxpayer funding. During that
same period of time, approximately 20 percent of Planned Parenthood’s
affiliates have been implicated in waste, abuse, and potential fraud. Much of
this waste, abuse, and potential fraud has been identified in publicly
available audits to which little attention has been paid until Alliance
Defending Freedom’s first report to the Congress in October 2011.”
Planned Parenthood’s cost for a 28-day supply of birth control pills mailed
to clients was $2.98, but the Medicaid reimbursement Planned Parenthood
received for the pills was $26.32. In some cases, the Postal Service returned
the birth control pills to Planned Parenthood. Instead of crediting Medicaid or
destroying the returned pills, Planned Parenthood resold the same birth control
pills and billed Medicaid twice for the same pills.
As more transgressions continue to leak, taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood
affiliates are increasingly becoming the focus of scrutiny across the country.
Vermont, for example, the first state to complete its health insurance exchange
under Obamacare, is funding Planned Parenthood through the
exchange by awarding the abortion mill a $100,000 grant. Just
last week, it was reported that the health insurance exchanges in Washington,
D.C., Montana, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Northern New England
awarded grants for a combined total of over $1 million to Planned Parenthood
affiliates which included helping to enroll participants in Obamacare.
“In short, tax dollars are being used for abortion,” Wildmon
said, “which is absolutely unacceptable to the majority of faith-based
taxpayers. Our religious liberties continue to be abused and we cannot allow it
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