Brian Gottstein

Project Veritas Medicaid Sting: Planned Parenthood's Week Just Got Worse!

Earlier this week conservative video undercover sting impresario James O'Keefe (see Project Veritas) released a video from an Ohio Medicaid office that not only showed how rampant and outrageously out of control Medicaid fraud appears but, coincidentally, how in cahoots it seems at least some in Medicaid are with Planned Parenthood. Although tangential, it was worth commenting upon and made my queue. Then, the who thing struck home. Literally. Not unlike last winter when LiveAction stung Planned Parenthood in Richmond and Roanoke with undercover videos of employees apparently obliging under-age, illegal-alien sex trafficking, Mr. O'Keefe (perhaps with a precedent established for potential corruption in the capital city, brought his investigation to Richmond. Last night he released the shocking results: The Medicaid counselor seems even more eager than her Ohio counterpart to accommodate Mr. O'Keefe's Russian drug-dealer character, get his family enrolled in medicaid and tolerate his prostitution ring, which includes his "16-year-old sister."

According to the Associated Press:

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli watched the video, found it "troubling" and ordered his Medicaid Fraud unit to investigate, said Brian Gottstein, Cuccinelli's press secretary.

Gov. Bob McDonnell asked the State Police to review it, said administration spokesman J. Tucker Martin.

However, unfortunately, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones' office sounded rather defensive, even skeptical of the evidence:

Michael Wallace, a spokesman for Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, said the city is "investigating this matter to determine the validity of the tape and the information. We will handle this matter as needed through the established disciplinary channels."

While the Richmond Medicaid employee does provide information on certain services, she does not specifically mention Planned Parenthood. But that's okay. The Ohio employee more than makes up for it, capping a horrendous week for the abortion-on-demand provider.

First, it has a rough time of it at a Department of Health hearing for a certificate of public need to expand its Virginia Beach abortion center. Then it whines about the lack of free birth control in ObamaCare (see, more next week). Then it shows its desperation over yet-to-be formulated abortion center regulations. It's capped by what might be the beginning of a major Medicaid scandal that casts a more-repugnant-than-normal pall over its reputation:

Why was the Ohio Medicaid employee ever ready and eager with information about Planned Parenthood's willingness to provide abortions for underage prostitutes? What is it about Planned Parenthood that would prompt this woman to say Planned Parenthood "doesn't care about age" and keep other information from authorities? What is it about Planned Parenthood that the woman's supervisor also refers the "Russian" to Planned Parenthood?

You know what they say about marketing: The best advertising is word of mouth. In this case, sadly, it cuts both ways.

Starting with the Richmond version, here are the tapes in question:

According to Project Veritas, this is one of the most "egregious" of its undercover investigations. That's pretty bad.

In Ohio, a Medicaid employee is eager to refer an underage girl prostitute to Planned Parenthood which "doesn't care about age." 

Englin's Folly: Frivolous Web Site

Far left liberal Northern Virginia Delegate David Englin (D-45, Alexandria) has pursued some real follies in the General Assembly — and that's putting it politely. Bills to punish people by raising gas taxes and restoring the death tax, to name a few. So pardon us if we think it more than slightly ironic that he, of all people, is complaining about the cost of the suit filed in federal court (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog) today by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to overturn, as unconstitutional, the government takeover of health care, made official with President Barack Obama's signature a few hours ago. Delegate Englin launched a Web site that will connect, by phone, government-run health care supporters to complain to the AG (I guess looking up the phone number or e-mail address is too much yeoman's work for certain elitists). Quote the delegate:

This is an egregious waste of taxpayer dollars that could stop Virginians from enjoying the benefits of health-care reform.

Hmmmm. Let's do the math on this one: A few thousand budgeted dollars to do what the AG is sworn to do versus more than $1 trillion in new, unbudgeted federal spending for something proven to fail everywhere it's tried, plus more than $500 billion in new taxes, hundreds of new business and job killing regulations, as well as 118 new federal agencies and 18,000 new IRS employees to enforce that we all buy a government approved health insurance policy (unless, of course, we're 26 and still slacking and can mooch of the parents). Which is greater?

Apparently, Delegate Englin thinks it's "frivolous" to defend Virginia law, which is exactly what the attorney general is sworn to do, as if this nation's most serious challenge to constitutionally guaranteed individual rights is a light matter. In this case, he is defending the General Assembly's recently passed Health Care Freedom legislation. To put it another way, repeat the litany above, followed by:

But defending Virginia law: Priceless.

Now, if Delegate Englin wants to make the argument these tens of thousands of new government jobs are part of the "stimulus" plan, he might have us stumped. But if it will put him at ease, we have the Attorney General Communications Director Brian Gottstein's assurance of one of the most economical law suit filings in Virginia history. When asked by the Washington Post why the suit was filed "before the ink (from the president's signature) dries," he replied:

It's more cost efficient to start the process of challenging the bill as soon as possible. There are significant costs in implementing the health care law, so if it is going to be found unconstitutional, then we can save taxpayer money and trouble by making that determination sooner rather than later.

(By the way, experience for yourself the level of fanaticism, hate, extremism and adherence to the god that is government-is-best by today's leftists. Click on the above link and read the comments.) But they don't have to save it for our AG. In fact, more than a dozen (and counting) attorneys general are filing legal challenges (Christian Science Monitor), but none of them is defending a state law. No, Internet games are frivolous, and in this regard, Delegate Englin has topped even his legislative follies, with a Web site designed to hassle and harrass the Office of Attorney General. Talk about wasting tax dollars. We hope, but don't expect, the delegate and his rabid supporters, will own up and admit they were wrong if, and when, Attorney General Cuccinelli and any of the other attorneys general win their cases.

A Peek Inside The "Health Care" Bill

Our friend Brian Gottstein at Tertium Quids posted this yesterday about what's inside the "health care" bill. It's important that we know what's in it, since some members of Congress don't — because they refuse to read it (if you haven't seen this brief video, please do) — then tell them ourselves (see Congressional switchboard phone number and e-mail info). Quoting from Peter Fleckstein's Twitter updates (see his blog), Brian provides the following creepy elements to the bill:

Pg 22 of the HC Bill MANDATES the Govt will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!!

Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill —THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benes u get

Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill — YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!!

Pg 42 of HC Bill — The Health Choices Commissioner will choose UR HC Benefits 4 you. U have no choice!

PG 50 Section 152 in HC bill — HC will be provided 2 ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise

Pg 58HC Bill — Govt will have real-time access 2 individs finances & a National ID Healthcard will b issued!

Pg 59 HC Bill lines 21-24 Govt will have direct access 2 ur banks accts 4 elect. funds transfer

Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Govt is creating an HC Exchange 2 bring priv HC plans under Govt control.

PG 84 Sec 203 HC bill — Govt mandates ALL benefit pkgs 4 priv. HC plans in the Exchange.

Here's the bill's home page, all 1,087 pages!