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Minnesota Shows: Abortion Is The PP Money-Maker

 

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/wellness/124234928.html

“Closing are clinics in Thief River Falls, Brainerd, Red Wing, Owatonna, Albert Lea and Fairmont. They did not perform abortions, but provided services ranging from contraception to cervical cancer screenings to testing for sexually-transmitted diseases.”

In Minnesota, job security with Planned Parenthood depends on whether you work for one of the clinics that performs abortions or not.

Minnesota. Sara Palin’s home state, with the slogan, “Show Me,” and with one of the biggest groups of electoral votes up for grabs, has apparently been hurt by the Defunding Trend.

Cuts to Title XX fed funding have led PP of the Ol’ Hickory State to close 6 of its 24 clinics. That is – wait, let me do the math – 6 / 24 = carry the nine, um, oh, yeah, ok – 25% of its clinics.

Is PP driven to perform abortions to “Show Me The Money?” (How many of us can forget that Minnesota movie with the memorable line, Show Me The Money!!). Yes. Their revenue has been reduced, so they have had to close down less profitable clinics: THOSE NOT PERFORMING ABORTIONS.

Wow. Doncha Know. Eh.

Add this to the many stories about PP affiliates being pressured to either begin providing abortions when they had not, or to begin providing the telelmed abortions, or to boost abortions performed, as former PP Clinic Director Abby Hoffman has declared.

The pro-abortion advocates have cried greatly about how abortion is only 1/3 of their “business.” Nope. We regular folks don;t buy that anymore. It is all about the Benjamins. when you cut loose the clinics who are not Moneymakers. it is the clinics that do not provide abortions.

 

 

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Weiner cries for 40 minutes about his weiner?

Weiner cries for 40 minutes about his weiner?

SRSLY? Congressman Anthony Weiner has a super-long….press conference about his business.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjsE4AZZgbc

What is there to say? I am not listening to the whole thing.

Ppl are claiming he is some self-serving narcissistic pol, and that would acct for the gall to go talk abt all this for more than 5 minutes. Maybe power would seduce average people like this. I don’t know.

 

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Planned Parenthood does the Walmart

Planned Parenthood does the Walmart

I am posting this topic so I can get it ouit there. I need to take some time and put info together, such as news stories. But in other posts I have presented the idea that: 1. we liberals should recognize abortion as an atrocity violating human rights; 2. we used to; 3. we changed when money from abortion providers helped fund our re-election campaigns AND when our values were manipulated to curry our favor (Nathanson has reported that he and Lader had a bif role in defining the slogans); and 4. that Planned Parenthood specifically operates as a money-laundering scheme to drag in taxpayer money for various services that are overbilled, providing a slush fund, and wit that fund banrolling re-election campaigns.

For all of this political power to happen, there has to be a pretty reliable revenue stream into the re-election coffers. As PP has grown, they have had a more stable income, and have been able to refill the war chest. This has been done, obviously, by performing more billable services, including abortions, but also by squeezing out the competition.

We liberals decry Walmart for squeezing out mom-and-pop groceries. Well, we used to before they were all gone.

Now, we hate them because they provide jobs for people who are willing to accept the jobs. What? Oh – sorry – I have just been corrected – we hate them because they replaced mom-and-pop groceries, which did not provide health insurance and did not provide great wages, with an employer who also does neither, but allows all of these low-wage, no-insurance families with the ability to buy things much more inexpensively, with better service, better hours, better selection,  and more convenience, than the mom-and-pop shops.

The number of abortions performed each year has been declining.

The number of abortion clinics has been declining.

The number of PP has been increasing.

Do the math.

PP is crowding out the mom-and-pop abortion clinics.

Mom-and-pop abortion clinics do not have much of a chance of throwing around political power – it is enough to run your indepedent practice, much less do all the lobbying, price discount negotiating, elbow-rubbing, and such.

With the big network, PP has the ability to persist in a market until the competition folds. And fold they have.

This has boosted PPs political power. They get a presence in more jurisdictions, and thus have more power at state level as well as federal.

How do I know this?

As a young, eager, dewey-eyed – wait, Truman, not Dewey – starry-eyed democrat, I listened to those more knowledgable about the “multinational coprporations,” and the “interlocking boards of directors,” and the power of the eveil lobbyists. In constrast, we were the party of the volunteers, of the street-level GOTV efforts. We learned how to analyze govt to see how all of the big coprorations go ttheir way in the halls of congress.

So, I have taken the same skeptical approach and looked at Planned Parenthood. First, a couple decades ago, I figured out how gross and shameful abortion was – I quit drinking the Kool-aid. THen, I saw how over-committed we democrats had become on this one issue. Bizarre as well as gross.

Interlocking memberships: who is Cecile’s husband? what connections are there between Susan Komen and Planned Parenthood? And one I have not explored yet: What is the connection between the March of Dimes, with their “neutral”stance on abortion along their commitment to decrease the number of babies BORN with birth defects, and the abortion lobby? How has the American Psychological Association AND the American Psychiatric Association BOTH clearly come out with statements strongly declaring that abortion cannot harm women psychologically, when the clear evidence is in many stories reported on the internet, and in people with whom I have personally talked?

This is all about political power. THe dems have created a permanent election campaing fund based on taxpayer dollars. And Planned Parenthood is going to keep swallowing up the mom-and-pop abortion clinics because. like Walmart, they can, and have lots of incentive.

Why do we “stand with” Planned Parenthood, necessarily, rather than “stand with” abortion providers generally? PP has the machine. Mom-and-pop do not.

In the long run, this will work to bring abortion to an end: there is only one political entity that has to be limited in order to break the election fund cycle: cut off the gravy train flowing to PP and the election funds will dry up, and the pols will go favor someone else’s cocaine and ho okers.

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PP death spiral?

PP train derailing. Can it go into death spiral?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110606/hl_nm/us_indiana_parenthood_funds_1

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/abortion-texas/feds-may-block-effort-force-out-planned-parenthood/

The Indiana situation is not that clear, from the story, but the Texas one is; in Big Texas, it looks like there has been a sentence in their laws abt what can and cannot be funded, and Planned Parenthood has scooted along with their arrangement not being tested too tightly. But the Tx Atty General has deemed the law cutting funding for PP to be legal – making any challenge tough, since making this call is his job.

In other ways, across this land, the now-concluding state legislative sessions have advanced the pro-life agenda a great deal, and specifically have interfered with the ability of Planned Parenthood to maintain their two funding streamsthat spring from  providing abortions – the first being the $500 bounty on each fetus’ head, and the second being the entrenched systematic overbilling that PP can carry out when they are an official provider of other federally funded medical care services.

I have posts in the back catalog of PP getting in trouble for accounting problems. This has happened at least in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and El Paso. What they do is bill the fed govt for birth control pills at the going rate, after having bought at some discount rate. The Feds don’t care because the Feds involved are “progressive” supporters of PP. With the revenue coming in, the cost of the birth contgrol pills is covered, the cost of the personnel time doctor etc. is covered, and whatever bit of ‘overhead’ is covered (electricity bill, and so on), and a lot of gravy remains.

What happens to this gravy? Someone needs to really map this out.

“PP” itself is a huge donor to re-election campaigns. So are a string of other related organizations. I will have to develop an info post on the degree that abortion-business-related campaign donations is a major chunk of all election campaign donations to the key people who keep this overbilling scheme entrenched.

This is why abortion is such a sacred cow for the democratic party. We really went to the mat on health care reform to keep abortion funding in there. And the recent state-generated controversies in Indiana and Texas show the degree that we democrats are unwilling to give up abortion, specifically, as a “health care” service for low-income people, and people generally.

Why can’t we be happy with the over-charge on birth control pills? That is a good deal.

Because it leaves “reproductive health” with nothing special. Any doc anywhere, and any clinic anywhere, including our beloved FQHCs, can do the same thing, very easily: conduct pap smears, prescribe birth control pills, check under the hood, and do gardasil shots. No big deal.

PP has no “niche” other than abortion. So, they have strived to keep it low on the radar, and when it has been dragged up, it has been deemed a side-line issue as far as revenue goes  – a false story developed to be smoe screen – if it is only 3% of their money, then we cannot accuse them of being tied to abortion for money purposes. But it is not 3% of their money; it is about 33%.

So, abortion has to be worked in somehow as a necessity, but not obviously a financial necessity. So, a litany of “women’s health” services gets spouted, the civil rights meme gets memed, and the topic is changed from abortion to “legislating morality,” and so on.

To some degree, the people involved in this money-laundering scheme don’t even care abt whether a woman can kill of her not-yet-born baby or not; they just want the entrenched federal funding to flow out of govt so it flows back into the campaign chest.

So, if funding flowing to PP gets cut, some politicians will se that stream of election-campaign funding get decreased.

At some point, abortion will not be providing the dollars that make it worth the political baggage. At first, this will happen state by state, like Indiana, or Texas, or any state that significantly restricts abortion.

Only some legislators can be bankrolled; the others will figure out that the pap smears and birth control pills can be done by other providers, and there are providers who are already in place in the down-trodden low SES areas, and rural areas. The elected officials will eventually figure out that these low-income and rural-serving providers would appreciate the diversion of this funding stream from the sacred cow of PP to their similarly-demographically-aimed low-income clinics.

PP can only exist if it keeps its political power in place. This awesome spring has taken a great whallop at PP’s revenue stream. The interference that will happen – even if only for a few months of legal wrangling – will interfere with a hungry beast that needs to be fed regularly.

PP has other tricks up their sleeve, however. In other posts, I need to discuss two other dimensions of their business model: taking over mom-and-pop shops, and the tie-in with the drug companies.

 

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