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Governor Rick Perry’s Sister Positioned To Make A Fortune Off The New Texas Abortion Law

by Jean Ann Esselink on July 22, 2013

in Healthcare,Jean Ann Esselink,News,War on Women

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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.


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tncrmJean Ann Esselink is a straight friend to the gay community. Proud and loud Liberal. Closet writer of political fiction. Black sheep agnostic Democrat from a conservative Catholic family. Living in Northern Oakland County Michigan with Puck the Wonder Beagle.

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barbonine July 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm

How is this even legal?

elizapar11 July 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm

What do you expect from the GOP? All they care about is profits and making money. They are willing to take away a person's right if it means more money for them. The GOP can go h***. Those that support these self righteous, greedy and hypocritical people should be ashamed of themselves.

BJLincoln July 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm

A little nepotism maybe?
The rich get richer off the backs of the poor and they don't give one shit.

MiddleGrounds July 22, 2013 at 3:17 pm

So basically she gets rich as hell then passes some of the cash to him. This is showing he has a financial staked interest in this and should (I think IS) illegal (almost like insider trading I would think?)

bgryphon July 22, 2013 at 3:58 pm

No doubt it stinks to high heaven. But to prove criminality would be difficult for any prosecutor that wanted to take the case (not that many do, I bet) unless the Guv directly owns shares in USPI. I have no idea what, if any, campaign finance laws are on the books in TX but even if there's a limit on how much any one can donate, much of the benefit would flow to his sister's paycheque/ bonus so it's not a direct benefit.

sdfrenchie July 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I wish I could afford to order a copy of the "Book of Etiquette to send to all the "Red" people. They obviously were never taught the proper way to treat individuals or crowds of people. From what I've been told, this is all the behavior of "new money". Old money is conservative but well-trained in Etiquette. Old money is not impressed with these people, I don't suppose. These new Stepfords act like trash who won big on the "Wheel of Fortune" game show.

luvhrino July 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Previously, none of Texas's ASCs have been willing to contract with an abortion provider in order to provide abortions from 16+ weeks. The five ASCs that provided abortions were all built by abortion clinics.

There's no evidence that this will change if the new abortion law is somehow allowed to stand. Perry's sister may get some indirect benefit from consulting or whatever for any new ASCs that are built, but that's questionable.

This year's abortion bill is really the natural progression of chipping away at reproductive rights that is consistent with what's going on elsewhere in the country. I honestly think Perry's sister potentially benefiting is a coincidence.

If you're looking for nepotism here, i'd look at how ASCs only undergo an audit every 3-6 years, where abortion clinics undergo a surprise audit every year. I heard (but have no proof) that there have been bills the last several sessions to try to further regulate ASCs that have been killed.

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