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Texas loses Medicaid funding in effort to spite Planned Parenthood

Last Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that they would be informing the State of Texas that the state would lose basic health and family planning services funding from Medicaid because it is in violation of federal law. The state wrote Planned Parenthood out of the state’s Women’s Health Program, a Medicaid-waiver program. As of today, Texas has been officially informed that the funding is lost, via this letter from HHS official Cindy Mann, director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations (CMSO)…

An HHS official told reporters today:

"Medicaid law is very clear; a state may not restrict patients" choice of providers of services like mammograms and other cancer screenings, if those providers are qualified to deliver care covered by Medicaid. Patients, not state government officials, should be able to choose the doctors and other health care providers that are best for them and their families. In 2005, Texas requested this same authority to restrict patients’ choices, and the Bush Administration did not grant it to them either."

The war on women’s health just resulted in 130,000 casualties in Texas.

Yep. This guy, who STILL jokes about his inability to count to three, thinks he knows best for Texas women. 

You know, I was thinking about Texas for law school… 

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Too many Americans ignorant about their use of government programs

The study’s author, Suzanne Mettler, a Cornell professor of American Institutions, attempted to explain the difficulties the Obama Administration faced in trying to reframe the debate about the effect of government social spending on the economy and on the quality of life of all Americans. [Read the study: The Submerged State]

Mettler argues that most of the effects of social spending are hidden, which she calls the “submerged state.”

To illustrate the difficulty President Obama would have - and is having - in surfacing the submerged state so that we can have a rational discussion about it, she included the results of a 2008 government study asking recipients of government social spending if they had ever used a government social program.

The results are an indictment of American civic literacy.

To wit, 44 percent of Social Security recipients, 41 percent of military veterans, 43 percent of unemployment recipients, 40 percent of Medicare recipients, 43 percent of college Pell Grant recipients and 27 percent of welfare recipients all said they had never used a government social program.

But those programs are not the submerged state, as Mettler describes, instead they were included to illustrate that even obvious government programs are not so obvious to their millions of beneficiaries.

Her main point had to do with other, hidden forms of government spending, such as the home mortgage interest tax deduction. Six out of every 10 respondents to the survey didn’t recognize the deduction as government social spending.

I’d like to see how many people acknowledge corporations benefit from government spending that’s affecting the social programs Americans benefit from every single day. Let’s see how those numbers stack up.

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Fox ‘Expert’ Blasts Expanding Access To Birth Control: ‘Are We Going To Do Pedicures And Manicures As Well?’

It’s as disgusting as you think. All emphasis from the source:

– “Is the White House out of their mind? Does the West Wing not know what the left wing is doing? We’re $14 trillion in debt and now we’re going to cover birth control, breast pumps, counseling for abuse? Are we going to do pedicures and manicures as well?

– “Why in the world would you encourage your daughters, and your granddaughters, and whoever else comes behind you to have unrestricted, unlimited sex anytime, anywhere and that, somehow if you prevent pregnancy, that somehow you’ve helped them. I would submit to you that uncontrolled sexual behavior is what is harming our girls, not our lack of birth control — which by the way they don’t seem interested in taking anyway. Having a baby is not the worst thing. I think having multiple sex partners without any kind of restraint or responsibility is much more damning, why would you support that?

– “In Red China, they have this down to a science. The local health care centers make women come in every month to be examined to see if they’ve had their cycle to make sure they are taking their medication and if they have a baby they are roundly punished, if they have an extra baby that baby is aborted. That is the control we’re moving toward.

– “I’d like to say that the morning-after pill has other detrimental affects. In Great Britain where it was legalized first, there was an outbreak of older men taking young girls in for the morning-after pill so they wouldn’t get caught and so there are no consequences.”

Ahem - I’d like to see a citation for all of these claims. Further, having a baby is a big deal. The risk of complications in pregnancy for low-income women is much higher. Period. And we’re not covering anything - it’s private insurance companies - unless you account for nearly two-thirds of all unintended pregnancies ultimately wind up covered by public insurance plans such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Plus, having a baby is much more expensive than covering birth control. I’m going to use myself as an illustration. When I began taking the pill, I received it for $20 a month. Multiply that over 12 months, and that’s $240. For 18 years of birth control, that would be $4,320.

According to Kaiser Health News, the average routine delivery costs Medicaid $2,500. That’s just the delivery. The actual cost of a hospital stay, with routine non-surgical delivery is $6,000-$8,000. 

After that, a child just continues to cost money:

These numbers from the USDA assume a two-parent family. Single parents can expect to spend roughly $180,000-$200,000. If you’re not financially stable, odds are the taxpayers will be helping out. In the long run, folks, it’s cheaper for insurance companies to cover my birth control versus you as taxpayers paying for the children that result from millions of unintended pregnancies a year. Several studies have pegged that cost as $11 billion a year.

Self-proclaimed “expert” Sandy Rios has expertise in little more than slut-shaming and conjecture. Birth control is a responsible decision should one become sexually active. Dare I call it a fiscally conservative one?

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