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Taxpayers overbilled $130M by PP, abortionists

OneNewsNow.com January 10, 2017 at 11:50 am 18 Fresh Ink
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Planned Parenthood and other publicly funded abortion clinics have been exposed for fraudulently overbilling taxpayers, which ended up costing taxpayer more than $130 million, according to a recent report divulging federal audits.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), which is the education arm of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, partnered with the Christian legal nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to disclose their fifth annual report analyzing federal audits of abortion providers in order to determine the extent to which they waste taxpayer dollars.

Stealing to kill …

The report, titled “Profit. No Matter What,” uncovered the staggering amount of federal funds that Planned Parenthood affiliates and state family programs have underhandedly taken from taxpayers.

CLI Senior Fellow Catherine Glen Foster maintains that the abortion industry’s unscrupulous actions are a direct violation of the Hyde Amendment, which bans Medicaid funds from going toward abortions of preborn children.

“The Nebraska audit found a Planned Parenthood affiliate spending federal funds on abortion expenses in violation of federal and state law,” Foster explained in her report, which covers the recent audits of Planned Parenthood facilities in Oklahoma, Ohio, Wisconsin and Nebraska, as well as state family planning programs in Texas, California and Wisconsin. “Charlotte Lozier Institute and Alliance Defending Freedom’s research strongly suggests that Planned Parenthood and its affiliates are engaged in a pattern of practices designed to maximize their bottom-line revenues through billings to complex, well-funded federal and state programs that are understaffed and rely on the integrity of the provider for program compliance.”

Analysts contend that the audits make it evident that the world’s largest abortion provider is now involved in yet another scandal – in the wake of its controversial selling of aborted baby body parts scandal.

“[W]aste by Planned Parenthood affiliates may be widespread [and] such policies may be the result of – at a minimum – a policy of benign neglect over billing practices organization-wide by Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s headquarters in New York City,” the report indicates, according to The Christian Post (CP). “[More than 50 audits reveal] numerous improper practices [showing] significant Title XIX-Medicaid overpayments of more than $8.5 million to Planned Parenthood affiliates for family planning and reproductive health services claims. In combination with the $4.3 million settlement in the Reynolds False Claims Act lawsuit, auditors and investigators have specifically identified Planned Parenthood affiliates as the source of at least $12.8 million in waste, abuse and potentially fraudulent overbilling and penalties. Former Planned Parenthood employees and others allege many millions more.”

According to information collected from 61 United States Department of Health and Human Services federal audits, the federal government was overbilled nearly $124 million by state family planning programs across America.

“In the last two years, audits limited in location, time frame and type of service examined have found overbilling to the federal program of as much as 17.32 percent and 14.58 percent of the federal share of billed costs; other audits have found overbilling as high as 53.93 percent of the federal share,” the report states. “The average overbilling percentage of all family planning program audits is 14.27 percent – higher than the Medicaid overbilling average of 9.8 percent. If the difference between these two percentages – 4.47 percent – were applied to the Medicaid program as a whole, it would amount to $42.5 billion in overbilling, and an extra $13.3 billion in waste, abuse and potential fraud of taxpayer dollars.”

Deceiving for dollars

It was also revealed that certain tactics have been employed by federally funded abortion providers in order to illegally tap into millions of dollars worth of fraudulent funding.

“Specifically, the audits found that clinics have used ‘unbundling’ billing schemes for pre-abortion examinations, counseling visits and other abortion-related services to drive up profits,” CP’s Samuel Smith reports. “Additionally, programs have also improperly billed on abortion procedures. The report details 10 different strategies used for overbilling.”

The Empire State – which reports more abortions than any other state – is one of the biggest violators in the nation.

“In New York alone during one four-year audit period, it appeared that hundreds of thousands of abortion-related claims were billed unlawfully to Medicaid,” CLI and ADF informed. “Three federal audits specifically identify Planned Parenthood – and only Planned Parenthood – as the problem in state family planning program overbilling.”

The Golden State is another major offender, where overbilling totaling $5.2 million was discovered from just two Planned Parenthood clinics alone.

“Congress should do what the House of Representatives has twice voted to do – end taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood – the nation’s most profitable abortionist – once and for all,” ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden told CP. “In light of the now-established fact that nearly one in four Planned Parenthood businesses has been implicated in financial fraud or mismanagement, Congress has an opportunity – and obligation – to protect taxpayers.”

Making things Right

Top Republicans are already working on defunding the abortion giant for a number of reasons – including its selling of baby body parts scandal – so that half a billion dollars in taxpayer money no longer goes to the scandal-plagued group on a yearly basis.

“On Thursday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said during a press conference that the House’s budget reconciliation bill will again include a provision to strip Planned Parenthood of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding,” CP’s Smith informed. “Considering Republicans have control of both legislative Houses and will soon have control of the White House when Donald Trump is sworn into the Oval Office on Jan. 20, pro-lifers in Congress are optimistic about the prospects of finally being able pass legislation into law that defunds a majority of Planned Parenthood’s $500 million in annual federal government funding.”

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who also serves as the chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, indicated that outgoing President Barack Obama has raised stiff opposition to defunding Planned Parenthood, which he has staunchly defended through every scandal during his presidency.

“We did it last Congress – we sent it down to the president and he vetoed it,” the Republican representative told CP late last year. “So, it’s been through the traps in terms of parliamentarians. We have precedent. I am very optimistic that we can accomplish that.”

In direct opposition to the relentless efforts of Democrats to unconditionally push for the continued federal funding of Planned Parenthood, Trump has vowed to uphold his pro-life platform by signing a bill to defund the world’s largest abortion provider – a promise that Smith is assured he will keep when it is delivered to his desk in the Oval Office in the upcoming weeks.

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  1. Srini Varadarajan
    Srini Varadarajan January 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Way more than $130 million — as Butcherhood makes considerable profits for its crimes, and then steals from the taxpayers atop that!

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    • DrGadget January 10, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      Defund them and make them give back a refund.

      PP has nothing to do with actual womens’ health issues. It’s all about the abortions. It’s only about the abortions.

      Next we need to overturn Roe v. Wade. Since the Supreme Court forced the States to make abortion legal, use the federal government to force all the States to make it illegal. Make it illegal at both the State and federal level.

      Make it illegal in every US territory, every US embassy, all US territorial waters, aboard any ship that flies the American flag, and every US military base worldwide.

      The punishment for performing an abortion should be the same method of execution used upon the doctor who performed the abortion. It’s pretty gruesome.

      Good luck liberals, trying to prove that’s “cruel and unusual punishment” while arguing it’s perfectly humane to do the same to the unborn.

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    • baitfish January 11, 2017 at 6:26 am

      Right on all counts Dr. In addition to execution of the abortionist, add execution of the “mother”. Conspiracy to commit murder carries the same penalty as the murderer. The only exception should be clear medical evidence that the life of the mother is endangered.

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    • DVanduker January 11, 2017 at 9:46 am

      If the new AG follows the Reynolds False Claims Act, the proscribed penalty is a fine of $10K for EACH invoice that over-billed the government, PLUS triple damages of the amount over-billed, PLUS a refund of the over-billed amount…AND suspended payments until the account system has been corrected. In the defense industry, this often is a fiscal death sentence.

      It will be interesting to see if the statute’s penalties are fully applied to Planned Parenthood; or, if the organization and senior management will be politically shielded from the full financial impact of the billing fraud; or, if prosecutors cut a deal to keep Planned Parenthood from bankruptcy.

      The Obama administration went after the Little Sister of the Poor at full-steam and with all guns blazing. It likewise invented a statistical disparity theory to go after banks and lending institutions for racial discrimination–wholly in the absence of any objective evidence of any specific act of discrimination. Of course there is also the left’s weaponizing of IRS–where nothing appears to have changed.

      I wonder if the US government’s cadre of entrenched left-leaning bureaucrats will fashion an administrative “out” for Planned Parenthood.

      It is certain that the Obama administration had become something of a progressive/socialist cancer attempting to destroy or subvert the US capitalist foundations. The question is, are the now embedded Lois Learner’s a series of tumors that are so wide-spread as to render our government at stage-4? I guess we’ll see in the next couple of years.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser January 11, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      [I wonder if the US government’s cadre of entrenched left-leaning bureaucrats will fashion an administrative “out” for Planned Parenthood.]

      I wouldn’t be surprised to find out they already HAVE that administrative out penned and signed..

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  2. capricorn1 January 10, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    planned genocide should have a swastika logo on its buildings of death.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser January 10, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Na, the pic of Death with his scythe going into a woman’s belly..

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    • Srini Varadarajan
      Srini Varadarajan January 11, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      I’ll go with ltuser’s suggestion — grim-reaper with scythe.

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  3. ALLEN L. WELLS January 10, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Planned Parenthood (PP) claims they don’t use federal funds to provide abortions – this is the biggest lie ever. PP should be defunded at every government level.

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  4. tws500 January 10, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I hope and pray that PP is defunded ASAP..!!

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  5. ltuser
    ltuser January 10, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    SO if they are a FOR PROFIT company, how in gods name are they eligible to receive ANY FEDERAL FUNDS due to a ‘charity’??

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    • DVanduker January 11, 2017 at 10:14 am

      Planned Parenthood is a not-for-profit institution–operating sort of like an employee-run cooperative. In the financial model, there are no shareholders or owners. All profits “earned” by the institution for services are funneled back into operating expenses, physical-expansion, salaries/bonuses, advertising…and of course lobbying.

      Not-for-profit doesn’t mean they don’t MAKE a profit, it only means that all profits made have to be reinvested into the company. While a CEO, CFO, COO, (et. al.) of a not-for-profit typically doesn’t make as much money as many of their commercial counter-parts, they still rake in big-bucks…while “virtue-signaling” their pure hearts and the nobility of their superior souls…because they are not JUST motivated by greedy-capitalist profits.

      Kind of like Barbara Streisand funding social justice and espousing financial equality…in part with the proceeds from a few dozen wildly successful Christmas albums. While I don’t suggest that a Jewish person can’t celebrate Christmas in a heart-felt manner, Ms. Streisand is the poster-child for limousine-liberals who preach the progressive/socialist mantras, while living a polar-opposite personal life (see to: Al Gore’s half dozen huge mansions verses his preaching the need for energy austerity by the “common-person”). The majority of not-for-profits aren’t too different.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser January 11, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      My thing was if they are making THAT much of a profit even WITH being a non-profit charity, WHY THEN do they need to be given millions of Tax victim money??

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  6. columba January 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    “Specifically, the audits found that clinics have used ‘unbundling’ billing schemes for pre-abortion examinations, counseling visits and other abortion-related services to drive up profits,” CP’s Samuel Smith reports. “Additionally, programs have also improperly billed on abortion procedures. The report details 10 different strategies used for overbilling.”

    I talked about this in another topic. Not only is this “unbundling” a way of overbilling, it’s also the way they claim that abortion is only a small portion of their services. They bill for 10 or more abortion-related services on each abortion, and then they can say that abortion is only 10% or less of of their services.

    Besides, money is fungible. Even if they weren’t cooking the books, the money they collect for the few non-abortion-related things they do frees up other money for abortions.

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  7. CABoyFromTX January 10, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    PP should be stripped of ALL federal funding and those responsible should be indicted. Prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law! With actions, come consequences…

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  8. oleteabag January 10, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    All the CONSTANT assurances from liberals that NO Federal money goes to fund abortions notwithstanding, I imagine this “overbilling” is Planned Parenthood’s way of doing JUST THAT–making taxpayers PAY FOR ABORTIONS.

    I guess THIS explains why they had $20 MILLION DOLLARS just lying around not being used that they donated to Shrillary’s Presidential campaign.

    If they’ve got THAT kind of money to spend on funding the campaigns of COMMUCRATS running for office, it sure seems to me these VERMIN do NOT NEED any more taxpayer money! DEFUND THEM NOW!

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  9. ltuser
    ltuser January 11, 2017 at 12:12 am

    I’ve said that for donkey’s years teabag. IF these supposed charities have millions laying around they can donate 20+ mil to a political candidate/pay a few hundred thousand a pop to this or that superstar to ‘do a commercial for us’, they then don’t need my hard earned dollars.

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  10. elderal January 12, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    No one should be the slightest bit surprised that people so evil as to murder unborn children would also be dishonest in a business transaction.

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