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June 17, 2013

Who's caring for Hoosier kids outside the womb?

Pro-life issue doesn't stop at point of birth.

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“Our analysis shows it’s in the best economic interests of states to expand Medicaid under the terms of the federal Affordable Care Act,” said Carter Price, the study’s lead author and a mathematician at RAND. “States that do not expand Medicaid will not receive the full benefit of the savings that will result from providing less uncompensated care,” Price said. “These states will still be subject to the taxes, fees and other revenue provisions of the ACA, without reaping the benefit of the additional federal spending, which will costs those states economically.”

The increased coverage is expected to reduce uncompensated medical care by $18.1 billion. “State policymakers should be aware that if they do not expand Medicaid, fewer people will have health insurance, and that will trigger higher state and local spending for uncompensated medical care,” Price said. “Choosing to not expand Medicaid may turn out to be the more-costly path for state and local governments.”

Finally, there was a Howey Politics Indiana column by Craig Dunn, who chairs the Howard County Republican Party. He writes: “This column is directed at pro-life advocates in our government who are under the lamentable belief that the issue stops at the point of birth. They seem to labor under a thought process that says, ‘If you have an unwanted pregnancy, have the baby.

“‘If you have been told that you will have a baby with congenital birth defects, have the baby. If you’ve been raped and are pregnant, have the baby.’ Then, when the baby arrives, their attitude transforms to, ‘It’s your problem, deal with it!’”

Dunn, who is a conservative and an ardent Obamacare opponent, continued: Politicians postulate all of the time about creating environments for success. They talk about creating a tax structure that will make our state more attractive for business development and expansion. They build sports stadiums and induce professional teams to locate in them in an effort to make their community “world class.” They spend to build jogging paths, bike trails, swimming pools, concert halls and parks to improve the “quality of life” for their citizens.

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