Letters to the editor, May 26

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The high cost of birthing

“Medicaid already pays for nearly half of U.S. births ...” (DRC, May 11, “Pregnant women gain new options under health law,” page 11A). Low-income women can be given a private policy in the new insurance exchanges, as well as access to Medicaid, if they get pregnant, thereby tapping both benefit programs.

Did we read the article correctly — half the births in the USA are paid for by the taxpayers? A woman is unable to pay for an obstetrician — nor hospital facilities and services, but yet she has babies?

If she cannot pay for basic birthing expenses, how on earth can she expect to feed, house, clothe, educate and entertain them? A quarter-million dollars — just for the first 18 years!

Larry Jambor,

Denton


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