Texas Loses Women's Health Care

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...usaolp00000009
    The Department of Health and Human Services announced on Thursday that it will cut off all Medicaid funding for family planning to the state of Texas, following Gov. Rick Perry's (R) decision to implement a new law that excludes Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid Women's Health Program.

    The federal government pays for nearly 90 percent of Texas' $40 billion Women's Health Program, and nearly half of the program's providers in Texas are Planned Parenthood clinics. But the new law that went into effect earlier this month disqualified Planned Parenthood from participating in the program because some of its clinics provide abortions, even though no state or federal money can be used to pay for those abortions
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    He (Perry) vowed to continue the Women's Health Program in Texas without Planned Parenthood and without federal money, although he has yet to outline how his state will come up with money.



    I am glad I am not a woman in Texas. How many will have cancer undetected due to this move? How many infections will cause pain, suffering, infertility and be left either untreated or flood the ERs?

    Just another indication of how Republicans see women.

    These are Medicaid rules so don't even try to blame Obama or any health care insurance coverage. This is vile treatment of all Texas women. Here is one place where trickle down economics will work. More money will have to come from some place if Perry keeps his promise to cover this with Texas funds.

    Let us see how this works out for the state of Texas. Of course it will be the women who suffer. This seems to be the prevailing message for Republicans. If I were living in Texas I would consider moving.
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    There are far too many women voting for men like this. Rick Santorum is of this same ilk. Yet women are obviously voting for him, as well.

    WOMEN - - WAKE UP and take control of your power at the polls!!!
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    Did you protest the "vile" actions of the U.S. government and private investors when they divested financial interests and pulled funding from South Africa over that country's treatment of Blacks? I daresay that most Americans welcomed this action as a step toward acknowledging the personhood of South African Blacks and limiting the power of those who exploited and abused them. That is precisely the intent of the legislation passed in Texas.

    Why is it so clear to thoughtful individuals that the exploitation of a race of people as slaves and second class humans was wrong, yet those same individuals fail to view the willful destruction of human life in the womb as an equal wrong?

    Abortion for any reason other than an immediate life saving necessity for the mother is murder. I can only pray for and look towards the day when our society values unborn life as we now value African American lives. I will weep with joy when my fellow Americans equate elective abortion to the travesty that was slavery and apartheid and wonder how our citizens could ever have been so backward as to value it.
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    Quote from Jolie
    Did you protest the "vile" actions of the U.S. government and private investors when they divested financial interests and pulled funding from South Africa over that country's treatment of Blacks? I daresay that most Americans welcomed this action as a step toward acknowledging the personhood of South African Blacks and limiting the power of those who exploited and abused them. That is precisely the intent of the legislation passed in Texas.

    Why is it so clear to thoughtful individuals that the exploitation of a race of people as slaves and second class humans was wrong, yet those same individuals fail to view the willful destruction of human life in the womb as an equal wrong?

    Abortion for any reason other than an immediate life saving necessity for the mother is murder. I can only pray for and look towards the day when our society values unborn life as we now value African American lives. I will weep with joy when my fellow Americans equate elective abortion to the travesty that was slavery and apartheid and wonder how our citizens could ever have been so backward as to value it.
    I'll be more persuaded by this argument when I see equal commitment to those human lives after they're born. Until then ... not so much.
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    IN RE this obsession with abortions at Planned Parenthood:
    It’s basically impossible for Women’s Health Program money to contribute to abortion in any way. Remember, no pregnant women can even be on the program. And even if Planned Parenthood wanted to game the system, that would be difficult. Medicaid (the Women’s Health Program included) is a fee-for-service system. That means a woman who has signed up for the Women’s Health Program goes to an approved medical provider (a hospital or, until recently, Planned Parenthood) and receives a screening or birth control or other family planning service. The hospital or clinic then bills the state and gets reimbursed.

    But—and here’s the key part—if the patient wasn’t eligible or the medical service provided wasn’t on the approved list, then the state won’t pay the bill. In other words, the government controls what services the program pays for. If Planned Parenthood tried to game the system, it wouldn’t get paid.

    And Medicaid rates being what they are—which are incredibly low—hospitals and clinics aren’t making money off the deal. The Women’s Health Program money can pay only for screenings and family planning and nothing else. No abortion anywhere in sight.
    Behind the Headlines: The Real Story of the Women's Health Program - The Texas Observer

    Busted.
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    Quote from heron
    I'll be more persuaded by this argument when I see equal commitment to those human lives after they're born. Until then ... not so much.
    It's a shame that you require persuasion that any innocent unborn child is worthy of life.

    I would wecome the opportunity to demonstrate my commitment to those in need, both born and unborn. It is part of my daily life. Fee free to join me.
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    Quote from Jolie
    It's a shame that you require persuasion that any innocent unborn child is worthy of life.

    I would wecome the opportunity to demonstrate my commitment to those in need, both born and unborn. It is part of my daily life. Fee free to join me.
    Such persuasion is not required ... so don't bother with that particular straw man. What requires persuasion is the contention that the attacks on Planned Parenthood have anything at all to do with preventing abortions.

    I pay my respects to your personal commitment to those in need. What I do not respect is using this overarching moral outrage against abortion to justify policy decisions that directly harm those in need, especially when the target of the decisions (the Women's Health Program) doesn't do or finance abortions.

    It's an obvious cover story for another agenda entirely.
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    Quote from Jolie
    Did you protest the "vile" actions of the U.S. government and private investors when they divested financial interests and pulled funding from South Africa over that country's treatment of Blacks? I daresay that most Americans welcomed this action as a step toward acknowledging the personhood of South African Blacks and limiting the power of those who exploited and abused them. That is precisely the intent of the legislation passed in Texas.

    Why is it so clear to thoughtful individuals that the exploitation of a race of people as slaves and second class humans was wrong, yet those same individuals fail to view the willful destruction of human life in the womb as an equal wrong?

    Abortion for any reason other than an immediate life saving necessity for the mother is murder. I can only pray for and look towards the day when our society values unborn life as we now value African American lives. I will weep with joy when my fellow Americans equate elective abortion to the travesty that was slavery and apartheid and wonder how our citizens could ever have been so backward as to value it.
    You are comparing apples to solar flares.

    There is no parallel whatsoever between the two scenarios, especially given the enormous complexities of the situation in South Africa and American relations with that country.

    And especially considering the fact that racism is alive and well in this country and that many of the people who rely on the services of planned parenthood are marginalized persons in this country, many of whom are of color.
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    I don't deny that racism exists in this country. Obviously, laws that require equal treatment of all can not change what is in one's heart or mind.

    But what anti-discrimination laws have accomplished is the abolishment of institutionalized, government-sanctioned degradation and abuse of minorities for the benefit of others. Similar recognition and protection of the humanity of the unborn is a likewise worthy goal of legislation that seeks to end government association with purely elective abortion.
    Spidey's mom and VivaLasViejas like this.
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    Oy. The fact is that many Republican MEN want to deny women legal rights to many levels of health care. Can the burqua be far behind????
    StNeotser and wooh like this.


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