To the editor,
I would like to address Julie Geiger’s thought provoking question posed in her June 29 letter to the editor. “If CEO pay is a good reason to defund a non-profit health care provider such as Planned Parenthood Federation of America. I wondered if Mayo Clinic should have their Medicaid reimbursements (defunded) eliminated?”
Any nonprofit organization that receives government funding should have their financial records scrutinized. I believe if the salaries of their CEO’s and upper management are in the upper 1 percent income bracket, they should be required to reduce those in order to continue to receive government funding. (I don’t care how smart or valuable the CEO of Mayo Clinic is, I don’t think he should be paid a multi-million dollar salary.)
These are non-profit organizations after all, usually subsidized by charitable and taxpayer funding; they are not private enterprises. Paying high salaries seems to go against the definition of a non-profit, and may be in conflict with their own mission statements.
Interestingly, some years ago my name was mysteriously added onto NARAL Pro-Choice America’s mailing list. NARAL is a big supporter of Planned Parenthood. For over a year, I read the literature that came regularly. Every single piece stated that they were fighting for government funding for reproductive rights and abortion services.
And every piece stated they were against government regulations and interference. Finally, I wrote a letter to NARAL stating what I concluded from their articles. They wanted government funding with no strings attached. They wanted a blank check.
Shortly after, the literature stopped coming. I never got a response back explaining or defending their position.
In contrast to Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry, Mayo Clinic has mega-layers of government regulations, audits and inspections.
To summarize, I am against using taxpayer dollars to line the pockets of nonprofit CEO’s, especially to those who reject any restraints and have scare accountability.