If you thought Mike Huckabee’s ridiculous comparison of Planned Parenthood with Benghazi couldn’t be topped, you’re in for a surprise from Glenn Grothman. Along with Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz implying at the opening of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing that Planned Parenthood could be indirectly responsible for both of his parents dying of cancer, Huckabee’s remarks were a good indication of what an utter political circus this “investigation” would turn out to be.
Granted, the longest Congressional investigation in American history has yet to turn up any evidence of wrongdoing. So obviously the next step is to launch yet another investigation which is little more than a thinly-veiled political move to rally the base ahead of next year’s election. To Republicans, Hillary Clinton isn’t quite as threatening as before, and nothing riles up religious conservatives like the issue of abortion and their favorite boogeyman, Planned Parenthood.
So off we go on another waste of taxpayer money and time Congress could be spending trying to do things like help veterans or maybe even pass a budget. Instead of even trying pretend they’re a party that can govern, Republicans in the House decided to let America know that defunding an organization that has grown in popularity with Americans since they started attacking it was their priority instead.
One of the most absurd remarks from lawmakers came from Wisconsin’s Glenn Grothman who argued that if Planned Parenthood were to go out of business tomorrow, that would be fine because “as a guy” he could find other clinics that could meet his medical needs. Seriously.
Via Right Wing Watch:
Grothman, who presumably receives very good health insurance through his job as a member of Congress, told Richards that “when I look at cities around me that have a Planned Parenthood clinic … usually in those cities, as a guy, I could go to many clinics locally that have all the machines that one would need, all these clinics as far as I know take Medicaid dollars, so you could go to any of those clinics to get any medical service you could.”
“I guess what I’m getting at is if Planned Parenthood disappeared tomorrow in those towns, there would still be three or four or five clinics or hospitals providing all the … medical care you would want,” he said.
Grothman then claimed that Medicaid, which provides health care for low-income people, is “superior care” to private insurance because “without the deductibles and copays it’s usually better insurance than other people have.” Grothman has previously claimed that people who use the public safety net are fleecing taxpayers by living luxuriously. (Source)
The videos from the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress are anything but legitimate and resemble the highly deceptive videos from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas. However, the facts or authenticity of the footage is of no concern to anti-Planned Parenthood politicians, including presidential candidate Carly Fiorina who has claimed to have seen portions of the film which don’t actually exist. Ted Cruz had previously proposed shutting down the government over funding the organization, and some states even cut off Medicaid funding to them in violation of federal law.
It’s no coincidence that these hearings are being held at the same time they have to vote on a budget, which includes funding for Planned Parenthood. The Senate has already approved this budget, much to the dismay of Ted Cruz and other right-wing lawmakers. The House could still find a way to force a shutdown, and using the hearings to rally support among Republican lawmakers in Congress for stripping funding is probably their best strategy politically. Ultimately, this is going to backfire on Republicans big time, especially considering Planned Parenthood is much more popular than they are.
You can watch the video below from Right Wing Watch:
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