You’ll all remember that Mitch Daniels quietly signed draconian legislation limiting access to certain health care providers for certain women, despite his national (and, turns out, completely phony) public call for a “truce” on social issues.
The timing was amusing for those of us out here in the cheap seats, because Mitch signed the law right about the time national media informed us he was a wonky and rational conservative simply seeking solutions to tough problems, because that’s what he told them he was and he’s an honorable guy. What happens in Indiana stays in Indiana, apparently.
Federal officials said Wednesday that the new Indiana law cutting Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood violates Medicaid rules — a determination that could cost the state millions and possibly even billions of dollars.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services informed state officials by letter that it was denying Indiana’s new Medicaid plan because states can’t pick and choose where recipients receive health-care services.
It’s amazing to me that conservatives are shutting down access to the few affordable clinics that exist in a country where millions of people are already going without access to medical care. That’s just crazy. Commonsense conservatism in action.