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Half of American Births Are Covered by Medicaid. Conservatives Blame the Mothers.

Posted by on Sep. 18, 2013 at 3:03 PM
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Half of American Births Are Covered by Medicaid. Conservatives Blame the Mothers.

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Sorry, baby, but your mom doesn't seem married enough for health care.

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A new study out of George Washington University School of Public Health finds that the number of births in the U.S. covered by Medicaid has risen again, from 40 percent of births in 2008 to 48 percent—nearly half of all births—in 2010. This is an alarming statistic, because it drives home how much ordinary Americans lack access to jobs and health insurance, and how women of reproductive age, particularly those in their 20s, are hard hit by an economy in which it is increasingly difficult to pull oneself out of poverty.

It also serves as a reminder of the high social cost of creating obstacles to affordable contraception access, which leads to a rapidly escalating unintended pregnancy rate for lower-income women. While it's a good thing for mothers and babies that Medicaid help is available and, under Obamacare, will be even easier to get (at least as long as Democrats run your state), we should still be very concerned about how this statistic shows that the system is failing working-class Americans who want to build a better life for themselves and their children. 

Or we could just panic and paint women who use Medicaid assistance as wanton harlots in need of punishment for their sexy misdeeds. While the conservative response to these statistics is still in nascent form—not quite polished enough yet to be thrown on a teleprompter in front of Bill O'Reilly—anger at poor women for having babies is beginning to bubble up on the right.

Catholic Online, a presumably stalwart anti-contraception publication, ran a fairly straightforward piece on the data, but it gave the piece the headline "MEDICAID: How YOU are paying for all these births in the U.S." Loaves and fishes is one thing, but making sure that babies are born alive and healthy is just a step too far, apparently. 

Katie Pavlich, writing for Townhall, starts with the assumption that these births are "out-of-wedlock," with fornicators "busting state budgets all over the country" while creating a "vicious cycle of poverty and despair." 

But what can be done? A brave op-ed columnist from the Springfield (Mo.) News Leader, John Lilly, is willing to come right and say it

Pregnancy is a medical condition, but it’s different from high blood pressure and diabetes since it is a condition that is dependent on a conscious decision the vast majority of the time.
Should the taxpayer be forced to pay for the consequences of another’s decision? Would you go door to door asking for money for your pregnancy? Maybe we could start by limiting the number of births paid for by Medicaid to one as a transition to none.

Technically speaking, diet and exercise choices do have an impact on high blood pressure and diabetes, but let's not let the facts get in the way of a man's full-blown rage over other people having sex without his permission. Clearly, we have a man of courage and conviction who is willing to say outright what other publications merely leave to the raving commenters: If women are forced to give birth in a ditch a little more often, they might think twice next time they let a bottle of wine and a Miguel record tempt them to take their underwear off. I eagerly look forward to whatever euphemistic language the hard-working writers at Fox News come up with to convey the same idea.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/09/12/half_of_american_births_are_covered_by_medicaid_guess_who_s_to_blame.html

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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 3:03 PM
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Who should be blamed?  Who is making the decision to have a child before they can afford it?

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 3:11 PM
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 Who else should we blame besides the woman that got pregnant?  Birth control is ultimately a woman's responsibility.

Pregnancy is 100% preventable unless there is a rape involved.  I am curious what % of these births were to single mothers.

Birth control is cheap or free....if all else fails keep your pants on.  I managed to get through high school, college, several years after college and more than a year of marriage without getting knocked up.

This isn't a lack of jobs or healthcare problem, this is a lack of responsiblity problem.

 

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 3:16 PM
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Quoting yourspecialkid:

 Who else should we blame besides the woman that got pregnant?  Birth control is ultimately a woman's responsibility.

Pregnancy is 100% preventable unless there is a rape involved.  I am curious what % of these births were to single mothers.

Birth control is cheap or free....if all else fails keep your pants on.  I managed to get through high school, college, several years after college and more than a year of marriage without getting knocked up.

This isn't a lack of jobs or healthcare problem, this is a lack of responsiblity problem.

 

I agree with you.  Failing to acknowledge this is dangerous, in my opinion. 

There is no reason why most women cannot delay childbearing until they are in committed (preferably legally committed) relationships and are financially self sufficient (as a couple).

SewingMamaLele
by Leanne on Sep. 18, 2013 at 3:16 PM
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I think a major contributing factor is the cost of healthcare. The bill for my daughters birth last year was 30k... That was for a vaginal delivery and we left when she was 22 hours old. No wonder insurance is so unaffordable!

We need tort reform, we need competition, and we need patients to start shopping around. Hospitals should be able to offer reasonable rates to uninsured mothers along with payment plans. Midwifery needs to become more accepted so that low risk mothers have the option to deliver out of hospital with lower cost midwives.

A birth shouldn't cost 30k.. It shouldn't even cost 10k (which is how much my first one was).

Our society needs to figure out why basic.healthcare costs so much and.how it can be fixed.
rfurlongg
by on Sep. 18, 2013 at 3:18 PM
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While the article was clearly and annoyingly biased... it does present a valid and important shift in stats. Let us not forget that poor women having babies are less likely for fully support those babies therefore becoming a bigger burden on an already taxed system.Those who grow up in the system are more likely to stay in the system. Poverty and poor education is cyclical.  Perhaps as a society we can avoid blame (those stupid, slutty moms) and learn how we can prevent unplanned, unwanted pregnancies. Ultimately lowering that staggering stat (48%???) benefits society as a whole.

happinessforyou
by Bronze Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 3:20 PM
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When are you people gonna learn???? People around here expect to have kids REGARDLESS of their personal circumstances BECAUSE THEY WANT TO!!! 

And by God, you suckers working 9-5 are gonna be happy to pay!!!!

(heavy sarcasm)

happinessforyou
by Bronze Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
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Oh man- there you go again making sense.....


Quoting futureshock:


Quoting yourspecialkid:

 Who else should we blame besides the woman that got pregnant?  Birth control is ultimately a woman's responsibility.

Pregnancy is 100% preventable unless there is a rape involved.  I am curious what % of these births were to single mothers.

Birth control is cheap or free....if all else fails keep your pants on.  I managed to get through high school, college, several years after college and more than a year of marriage without getting knocked up.

This isn't a lack of jobs or healthcare problem, this is a lack of responsiblity problem.

 

I agree with you.  Failing to acknowledge this is dangerous, in my opinion. 

There is no reason why most women cannot delay childbearing until they are in committed (preferably legally committed) relationships and are financially self sufficient (as a couple).



TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
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 That's ridiculous that HALF would be covered by Medicaid.  

Stop birthing kids you can't afford to provide for; is that so difficult to understand? And get married first; have a stable home.  Anyone can have one mistake, but some keep doing it over and over, and while unmarried and even with multiple fathers.  

  It would seem logical to me, but then I am a logical person who attempts to negotiate life wisely. 

 

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 3:24 PM
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Quoting futureshock:


Quoting yourspecialkid:

 Who else should we blame besides the woman that got pregnant?  Birth control is ultimately a woman's responsibility.

Pregnancy is 100% preventable unless there is a rape involved.  I am curious what % of these births were to single mothers.

Birth control is cheap or free....if all else fails keep your pants on.  I managed to get through high school, college, several years after college and more than a year of marriage without getting knocked up.

This isn't a lack of jobs or healthcare problem, this is a lack of responsiblity problem.

 

I agree with you.  Failing to acknowledge this is dangerous, in my opinion. 

There is no reason why most women cannot delay childbearing until they are in committed (preferably legally committed) relationships and are financially self sufficient (as a couple).

 Oh, I think it is very dangerous.  It further strengthens the "it's not my fault"..."I deserve"...yada yada entitlement mentality.  A mentality that is not financially sustainable.

I watched my mom struggle...and she started out in a financially self-sufficient married couple.  My dad bailed and got a new family.  My mom had never had a job and she never got on assistance...but she struggled.  She instilled in us a powerful sense of responsiblity.

By waiting I am able to provide my children with a financially secure childhood and myself with a financially secure retirement.  You would think that people would WANT this.  But, they want the instant gratification more.

 

Its.me.Sam.
by Silver Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 3:33 PM


and you know whats crazy... these women who have kids that they cannot afford to take care of independently (be it as songle moms or in relationships/marriages) are often the ones having more and more kids.  i mean..i know what i said sound a little harsh and at the sam time a little "no duh sherlock" lol.. but sometimes it just strikes me as crazy.  its not that they should be "blamed" or be treated poorly - BUT i just wonder why.  doesnt a better future inspire sexual/reproductive responsibility?  it did for me lol.  

Quoting futureshock:


Quoting yourspecialkid:

 Who else should we blame besides the woman that got pregnant?  Birth control is ultimately a woman's responsibility.

Pregnancy is 100% preventable unless there is a rape involved.  I am curious what % of these births were to single mothers.

Birth control is cheap or free....if all else fails keep your pants on.  I managed to get through high school, college, several years after college and more than a year of marriage without getting knocked up.

This isn't a lack of jobs or healthcare problem, this is a lack of responsiblity problem.

 

I agree with you.  Failing to acknowledge this is dangerous, in my opinion. 

There is no reason why most women cannot delay childbearing until they are in committed (preferably legally committed) relationships and are financially self sufficient (as a couple).



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