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."
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 CBS6.com, 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."