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This whole ObamaCare thing keeps getting worse and worse. Did you know that various organizations around the country are getting “Navigator Grants” to sign people up for the insurance? It is a program run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This week, that government entity announced $67 million worth of grants – $7 million more than last year – to 100 organizations in 34 different states to get in gear for the open enrollment period due to start this fall.
In a shocking in your face, middle finger to Republican lawmakers who have pledged their intention to deny Planned Parenthood federal funds, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates in three states:
Of the money, Iowa’s Planned Parenthood chapter will receive $304,373 to connect residents of 77 counties with Obamacare, while the Montana chapter will get $337,555 and focus on rural populations, including American Indians.
In Missouri, Planned Parenthood of St. Louis will receive $388,787 aimed at reaching minorities and populations with limited English proficiency — particularly Hispanics, Bosnians and Vietnamese.
(That’s actually Reproductive Health Services (Missouri), and they are in a neighborhood hell and gone from the Bosnians and Vietnamese. Central West End, about three blocks from the Washington University School of Medicine. It is the only abortion facility in town.)
Not only is this money headed to Planned Parenthood affiliates, but the grants are for three years. There will be more money headed to these organizations.
“This is another example of the Obama administration’s complete lack of respect for life,” said Emily Schillinger, a spokeswoman for House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican.
This announcement comes as women all over the country (or at least around here) are standing on street corners holding up “save my health care” signs, and the hags of Planned Parenthood are claiming that the now famous videos from the Center for Medical Progress should be dismissed because they are “heavily edited.” Never mind that the editing is not done for the soundbites, but for the gist of the conversation.
As for these Navigator Grants, they were awarded based on an application and bidding process.
“Their applications were reviewed by an objective review panel and received a score based on their ability to address the requirements of the FOA related to connecting uninsured individuals to coverage options,” said Aaron Albright, the spokesman.
And not targeted by who can deliver the most enrollees…okay.
This particular episode in how the government spends our money highlights one aspect of the uphill climb for Congressional Republicans as they seek to defund Planned Parenthood. The vast majority of federal funds to Planned Parenthood are in the form of medicaid reimbursements which is done at the state level. In addition, the Planned Parenthood federation is not a single entity. There is the national office over which Cecile Richards is the head, and then over 50 separate affiliates that are their own little non-profits complete with their own 501(c)(3) designation. To defund the entire network of government money is going to take more than an act of Congress, and that ain’t no joke.
Source article from The Washington Times