Since arriving at my parents’ home in Florida a few days ago, I have been bombarded by radio and print advertisements concerning Health Management Associates (HMA), which owns dozens of hospitals across the country. The advertisements attack HMA for basing executive pay solely on profits, “even though HMA has been plagued by multiple government investigations, lawsuits, and scandals.” Sure enough, the website WrongWayHMA.org offers extensive documentation of these issues.
Naturally, I’m as opposed to health care scandals as the next person, so I found the campaign enlightening. The advertisements also got me thinking about another nationwide healthcare provider that has been plagued by multiple government investigations, lawsuits, and scandals: Planned Parenthood.
|Cecile Richards and
husband Kirk Adams
Here’s where it gets interesting. The anti-HMA campaign is sponsored by “the doctors, nurses and caregivers of the Service Employees International Union.” The SEIU’s health care division is operated by long-time labor organizer Kirk Adams. And Kirk Adams is married to none other than Cecile Richards, the CEO of Planned Parenthood.
In short, scandals at clinics are bad, and the executives who oversee them ought to take a pay cut– unless it’s your wife, making $340,000 a year at the nation’s largest abortion chain.