Abortion foes at the Legislature are throwing up new roadblocks to Planned Parenthood being able to provide any services through the state’s Medicaid program.
HB 2599 would allow the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to exclude any organization that “failed to segregate taxpayer dollars from abortions.” That would include not only direct expenses for doctors and other staff but also any overhead expenses, such as keeping the lights on.
The legislation approved by the House Wednesday on a 35-24 party line vote comes two years after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to give Arizona the go-ahead to cut off family planning funding to Planned Parenthood simply because the organization also provides abortions. The justices let stand lower court rulings that said singling out that organization for disparate treatment is illegal.
This new proposal by Rep. Justin Olson, R-Mesa, is a way to get around those rulings.
Here is the kicker (quoted from the bill summary).
HB 2599 outlines grounds for exclusion from the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).
2. Allows AHCCCS, in its sole discretion, to exclude from participation in the system any individual or entity that has done any of the following:
j. Failed to segregate taxpayer dollars from abortions, including the use of taxpayer dollars for any overhead expenses attributable to abortions.
How do I segregate the cost of cooling my house for my dog vs. for me?
Let's see - who voted for this unnecessary assault on Planned Parenthood? How about our LD2 Representative, Chris Ackerley voting "Y". If you are a woman, I will be happy to watch you vote - Ackerley out of office!