Thursday July 25, 2013, 1:49 pm
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Despite State Senator Wendy Davis’ impressive 12-hour filibuster, the Texas legislature was able to push through new stringent abortion restrictions in special session. Under the provisions of SB5, doctors performing abortions must have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and clinics must be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers. Since only five of the forty-two clinics offering abortion services in Texas can meet those standards, without relief from a federal court, thirty-seven clinics will have to close their doors, or no longer offer abortions.
Governor Rick Perry has signed SB5, and it is now the law in Texas. But the stroke of Governor Perry’s pen did more than take away the freedom of many Texas women to plan their own families. It put the doctor-entrepreneur clients of his older sister, Milla Perry Jones, in a position to make millions.
Milla Perry Jones is Vice President of Government Relations of United Surgical Partners International, which runs surgery centers co-owned by doctors. She lobbies for doctor-owned clinics in Washington and Austin, and she teaches trade groups how to do the same. She is described in “Who’s Who in the Ambulatory Surgery Industry” as “a true advocate for the physician-owned healthcare model.” In fact, when Obamacare was first passed, the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, one of the trade groups Milla Perry Jones worked with, sued Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over a provision that barred new doctor-owned medical facilities. The restriction was seen as a way to rein in healthcare costs, because services at doctor-owned clinics cost an average of 20% more than traditional clinics, since doctor-owners have a financial incentive to order more tests.
The suit was unsuccessful.
But now, her little brother the governor has put Milla in a position to capitalize on the abortion demand that is inevitable when 37 Texas clinics can no longer offer abortion services. The women who want to terminate and unwelcome pregnancy aren’t going to disappear. They are going to look elsewhere. Business-wise there will be quite an opportunity for the existing 420 Texas licensed ambulatory surgical clinics to consider adding abortion to their list of services. There will also be an opportunity for doctors to buy out the clinics that have to close at bargain basement rates, and update them to ambulatory surgical centers. Doctor-owners would also satisfy the admitting privileges problem. Abortions would still be available, just at new higher prices.
Governor Perry has said of the new licensing requirements that he “strongly supports protecting women’s health by raising the standard of care they receive .” We all thought that was code for “I’m going to end abortion by closing clinics.” I’m beginning to wonder if what Perry really meant by that was “I’m going to close the free clinics and those not-for-profit lefty places. If women are going to have abortions, I’m going to make sure they pay, and that the right people are making money off them.”
According to Huffington Post three Planned Parenthood clinics have already announced they will close. It will be interesting to see if they are bought out and re-opened under new doctor-owned management by associates of Milla Perry Jones. Keep your eyes on Texas. Things are so rarely what they seem.
By: by Jean Ann Esselink |News,War on Women | The New Civil Rights Movement |
Thursday July 25, 2013, 3:38 pm
I, too thought Perry would just outlaw abortion. His followers would probably be happy with that, but they're even happier to make a buck off the deal. His sister's involvement certainly stinks!
Thursday July 25, 2013, 6:54 pm
Many Texans know that Rick Perry is not a person with principles. Having said that I must admit that I was not expecting to read about enriching his sister. Of course, he has enriched numerous donors to his campaigns. It is called Pay to Play. The Houston Chronicle has run some unique stories about many of them. He claims he is a Christian, but with his track record I would not blame any religion for not accepting him.
Nepotism? Do I hear nepotism? Just a couple of days ago I read about a women that owned 3(?) clinics in south Texas those will have to close, she can not afford to offer medical services and these wing-ding special services. About 3 - 5% of the total services offered by these clinics were for abortion. That holds true for state and national levels of these clinics. This is what is was all about nothing but money. Screw the people rake in the cash.
Friday July 26, 2013, 7:46 am
When my mother was a paper boy her brothers beat up the other paper boys to give my mother their papers to sell. Does that make my family as corrupt as the Perry's? One just makes your paper only available on my mom's route but the other makes your family suffer pain, poverty, disease, and death.
Friday July 26, 2013, 7:50 am
The law is unjust and a way to gain more money for friends and relatives and should be declared null and void. Then the court case for such actions would happen and maybe the republican darlings could enjoy their off time behind bars and not the ones they are use to
Friday July 26, 2013, 12:06 pm
Perry, go...get thee down....for thou hast CORRUPTED thyself....and the ENTIRE STATE OF TEXAS
Yeah, I am playin off ol Chuck Heston's take on the Ten Commandments....but it is just so apt for Seig Heil Perry and his entire Fascist Klan of parasites masquerading as people. They make me sick.
What I don't understand though is just why these clinics have to shut down everything if they just stopped the abortion services and still offered all the rest of it. I don't get that part because if abortion is only a very very small percentage of what they offer, then what is the problem of staying open to offer low and middle income women the other services they need.
It is always about the money in this country, Kit, until we change it by whatever means necessary, it will always be the case. Makes me wanna hurl big chunks at ol Dick, Der Fuhrer, Perry
Friday July 26, 2013, 1:33 pm
The age old admonition: follow the money!
Terrie, I was thinking the same thing a while back --- if abortions are only 5% of the proceedures done, what percentage does it constitute on the financial bottom line? That might be the best question to ask. Abortions are private payment, no government funds, while the other services can be paid for by the government.
@ Janet G --- The may only stop when all Republicanus/Teabaggers and their 1% masters are dead and buried, that is providing they aren't replaced!
Friday July 26, 2013, 2:32 pm
Looks like she is no better than him. It is a society where, if I can do for my family, I will and to hell with others. They aren't important, I am and my beliefs are, even if I flip flop to be on the majority side. That seems to be Perry's stance. If I bill stating that vasectomies were mandatory after so many children, wonder what he would do. You can be sure he will say, you can't control my body. He is a 2 faced, lying slime and it sounds as if others in the family are the same.
Friday July 26, 2013, 2:42 pm
Figures. "Abortion is EVIL!"--but making buttloads of money off bogus legislation exploiting other people's problems is obviously okay.
Or as Deb Fischer says, “. . . it is important to strike a balance between guaranteeing the protection of [insert name or description of any group of people here] under current laws while ensuring”—get this!—“ensuring that businesses are not overburdened by unnecessary regulations.” Unless, of course, we want someone’s business out of the way so we can corner the market. Then, you just watch us PILE ON THE REGULATIONS—just like we did with the POST OFFICE!! BWAHAHA!
Anybody remember what business Rich Scott owned JUST BEFORE Florida passed that law requiring anyone receiving welfare to pee in a cup? (Apparently Robert K. does!)
Remember, Terry and Lynn - Texas is not taking any of the Federal money for Chips or the newer Medicaid money for the poor. The clinics can not operate on charity alone. Some money does come in from donations, not much. Perry's sister will be insurance and private pay.
Friday July 26, 2013, 6:36 pm
It's good that Perry can make a stand, on principle, and then ensure his family can make money off of it, After all, we'd hate to have to think of him as a slimy creep or anything, wouldn't we?
Saturday July 27, 2013, 10:42 am
Well, dayum, I had a brain fart for a momment and forgot that this hellhole doesn't take fed money for those programs....there is just so much CRAPOLA going on here in this state of confusion that I got overloaded .....you are right though, Kit, that would make sense then. Caca......We have GOT to get these IDIOTS out of office here, Kit. This state's citizens can't take much more of this!
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:16 pm
I bet his sister starts building more or buys a lot of the old clinics and makes them into what is covered in the law! Her company will make millions of dollars and old brother Rick will get a hefty kickback!
Just wait and see! There will be more clinics. And they will come courtesy of Ms. Perry Jones! And brother Rick will be the silent "partner" , cause he said he wasn't going to run again, so he will become CEO or COO of some of these companies and rake in the dough!!
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:44 pm
Can I find it in myself, will you all (y'all?) allow me to attribute intelligence to Rick Perry? does his slat have iodine added?
Is the whole rash of imbecilic garbage that emanates from his mouth, and the mouths of those like him, just a screen provided so we will be kept busy ridiculing him/them, while they go about manipulating the system for their own self-aggrandizement?
I have often counseled follow the money," as well.
And, yes, we are just objects, not humans, to these hypocrites on steroids, these SCUM that will posture all over the place about their piety, while the sheep, who bow down at the sight of someone waxing religious, cheer and vote their actual imbecility!
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:48 pm
Oh, by the way, someone I know, living in Austin, active in his community, has told me that there is NO term limit law in Texas, regarding the Governor's position.
So, maybe now we really know why he is not running...so he can't be impeached.
He can't be impeached unless there is a full investigation and that has been called for, now we will see if that happens. Depends - by tradition we had 2 years 2 terms and it was acknowledged that was a term limit. The constitution was amended to allow for a 4 years and still 2 terms.
Saturday July 27, 2013, 3:39 pm
This is nepotism at its worst. I heard recently - though I can't currently confirm - that when Ronald Reagan was governor of California, he cut back funding for mental health facilities. Meanwhile, his wife Nancy owned an interest in private mental hospitals. Or something like that.
Saturday July 27, 2013, 6:09 pm
Talk about keeping it in the family. Indeed, follow the money. They lie through their teeth, they have no scruples. If they did they'd be more concerned about all these little babies they want to force into this world. Once born they don't care if they live or die, have medical care or not, have food or not, have a roof over their head or not......
Republican governor Rick Scott's push to privatize Medicaid in Florida is highly controversial—not least because the health care business Scott handed over to his wife when he took office could reap a major profit if the legislation becomes law.
The drug testing he required for all recipients on any State Aid program as well as employees of the State all went through a Company he owned that he turned over to his wife. Saying no their is no conflict of interest. I am sure there isn't, ha ha, after all, it's only his wife, and all these extra drug tests at $30 a pop would line his, I mean, her pocket. Sure it won't.........
Bunch of low life's. But hey, people voted them in. I wish the American public would do their homework.
Sunday July 28, 2013, 7:36 am
Not surprised that tricky ricky would do this. Will there be a suit brought against him for corruption? Not if he pays off enough people I'd guess. Apparently he even hood-winked his own legislature to vote for this new law all the while getting ready to fill his sisters pockets with ill gotten money. I can only hope that the voters in TX who continue to vote with their religious beliefs have woke up to the fact you simply cannot mix religion with politics.
Sunday July 28, 2013, 10:48 am
"I’m beginning to wonder if what Perry really meant by that was “I’m going to close the free clinics and those not-for-profit lefty places. If women are going to have abortions, I’m going to make sure they pay, and that the right people are making money off them.”
What a surprise. Despite all that noble talk about religion, money is still the bottom line. I would not be surprised to find this to be the case elsewhere as well. Republicans don't want to ban abortion, they just want to make sure they are the ones who profit from it. All that nonsense about doctor owned being more expensive because they have a financial incentive to order more expensive tests, well, I think that smoke screen. In my lifetime until the late 70's when HMO's became the next big thing, there were nothing but doctor owned clinics, usually one to three or four in partnership in small towns across the country. Those country doctors didn't order ridiculous tests and I've never been better cared for than by the likes of them. They had small enough practices to get to know their patients, their history, their family history which made for the more efficient and careful practice of medicine. I miss those clinics, the impartiality of what now provides medical service has lost the charm and calm of a doctor who knew you by name, not just by your clinic patient number. Those clinics were driven out of business by HMO's and Health Groups - which is one of the reasons health care is difficult in small town Americana these days, no doctors want to go out there to practice where, heaven forbid, you might have a sick patient on a weekend. I like my doctor now, but I KNEW the doctor I grew up with. I think something has been lost and I think the republicans are behind that too.